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Federal officials released revised data Wednesday that found international travelers to the U.S. grew by 0.7% in 2017 over the previous year, despite steep drops from Mexico and the Middle East.

The 77 million international visitors spent a record-setting $251.4 billion on hotels, travel, food...


          Hurricane Roundup: Rush Limbaugh, Toxic Stormy Pig Doots, And Didn't North Carolina Declare Sea Level Rise Illegal?      Cache   Translate Page      


We hope anyone who needs to GTFO of the path of Hurricane Florence has already done so and is reading this in the comfort of a motel way inland, because it looks like Pat Robertson's + 25 Prayer Shield Of Stormkilling didn't work, bringing new meaning to the term "20-sided die roll." Florence is predicted to be pretty awful, but don't worry too much, because Rush Limbaugh says (again!) hurricane forecasts are deliberately hyped by the government to make people think global warming is real. Also, while Carolinians both North and South -- and Virginians, too -- are dealing with high winds, storm surge, and potentially record rains, agribusinesses in the Carolinas will add an especially fun challenge when Florence makes landfall: vast lagoons of pigshit that are likely to overflow into rivers and streams. Honestly, we're wondering why this is even an issue at all, since in 2012 the North Carolina legislature banned using science on sea level rise when it came to setting policy on coastal land use. So just remember: It might be a bad hurricane, but one state's planning has already dismissed you tut-tutting liberals. Victory!


Rush Limbaugh Blows Most Foul

On his dumb idiot show for dumb idiots yesterday, Limbaugh explained that the National Weather Service and NOAA have been taken over by crazed liberals who just want to scare Americans into thinking climate change is real, so the nasty mean liberal scientists deliberately exaggerate the damage. Here's a sampling, from Media Matters:

After reminding listeners they should make up their OWN darn minds about whether to evacuate -- "a number of people are trying to figure out what to do. Stay, ride it out, get out, what have you" -- Limbaugh got to the really important point: THEY just want to scare you, with their so-called "science."

You know, this is one of the — and, by the way, this is made to order for the climate change/global warming crowd. This is, they tell us, one of the most powerful hurricanes this far north, ever. And, of course, why is that? Well, that would be sea surface temperature. And why is that warmer …? (Snort!) There you go, climate change. It's being accepted as a non-argumentative fact. I don't care what meteorologist you watch or read, website or what have you. All of this seems to be acknowledged fact. So we're keeping an eye on that.

Limbaugh then explained that as a Florida resident -- or rather, from his perspective at "Southern Command," ha! ha! -- he knows just about all there is to know about hurricanes. It's basically the same bullshit he said last year about Irma. But anyway, back to the politics of mere weather, because "climate" doesn't even exist:

Also, these things have become very politicized as you know, folks. Hurricanes and hurricane forecasting is much like much else that the left has gotten its hands on, and they politicize these things. For those of you asking, "What's the politics of a hurricane?" Climate change is the politics of hurricanes. The forecast and the destruction potential doom and gloom, is all to heighten the belief in climate change.

For instance, just look at how the recent hurricane in Hawaii missed the big island, and the islands are still standing! So don't you go talking about hurricanes, Rush knows what he's talking about and the libs are just trying to scare you. The real point you should all remember, folks, he said a bit later, is that

The media is, as we speak, getting ready to portray Hurricane Florence as Donald Trump's Katrina. Do not doubt me. No matter what happens in the aftermath here, Trump is going to be blamed for this hurricane and its aftermath, and they're gonna be calling it Trump's Katrina — even, maybe, before it hits. You watch.

Don't be silly, Rush. This would be Trump's second Katrina. Like Trump himself, Limbaugh has apparently forgotten the 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico. Not that Donald Trump would lose any supporters this time around -- he could order FEMA to redeploy to the Texas border to arrest migrant families, and then give himself another A Plus.

Don't Know Why / All This Pigshit's In The Sky / Stormy Weather

Last summer, Harvey showed the world what can happen when a major hurricane hits a city full of Superfund sites and chemical plants (short answer: "EXPLODEY," or maybe "overpressure of the container"-y). And now, Florence is out to show us what can happen when a category 4 or 5 storm dumps massive amounts of rain onto industrial hog farms, which typically feature vast lagoons of pigshit. North Carolina's hog farms produce over ten billion pounds of pigshit a year, although not in one place, hooray! With any luck, these aren't the literally explodey kind.

In 2016, Quartz informs us in a hurricane pigshit summary, Hurricane Matthew flooded 14 pigshit lagoons, although the damage was mitigated by some farmers having pumped waste into tanker trucks and hauling it away in the days before the storm. Hurricane Floyd in 1999 actually led to the failure of multiple pigshit lagoons, dumping a fecal flood into waterways and estuaries and leading to algae blooms and widespread fish kills. But surely we've learned from past pigshit overflows, no?

Andy Curliss, the CEO of the North Carolina Pork Council, told Bloomberg that lagoons can handle as much as 25 inches (64 centimeters) of rain without failing. "If we get more than 25 inches of rain, then we'll start to be concerned," he said.

According to Accuweather forecasts, up to 40 inches of rain are expected in parts of North Carolina.

Hmm. That might be bad! And if the pigshit lakes are anywhere near the level of the one in this video on the joys of living next to the things in non-stormy weather, then overflow will definitely be unpleasant and hard to avoid:

That's from a previous report on the general awfulness of having to live near hog farms in normal circumstances, which makes us think you should probably avoid that new real-estate development "The Farms At Pigshit Lakes."

Keep in mind, however, that Rush Limabaugh also ridiculed the potential for Maximum Pigshit Overflow as part of the Fake Media hype about Florence, because come on, when has record rainfall ever done bad things? And if it does, remember it has nothing to do with climate change. (Limbaugh also said similar fears were raised about Katrina but never happened -- and to prove it, he linked to an AP story that said nothing about storm-frothed pig doots. And just to prove the government is lying to you he mentioned a story claiming that sharks had been sucked up by Florence -- which turned out to be an internet fake.)

None of this can be happening anyway! Sea Levels Are Not Rising, BY LAW

Let's not forget that, back in 2012, the North Carolina state legislature took definitive action on sea level rise due to global warming, by declaring it fictional. In response to a report from a state agency that predicted sea level rises of 39 inches within a hundred years, the legislature banished such panicky science from state policy planning, because obviously that's impossible and beach homes MUST maintain their value. As ABC News reported when the measure became law,

The law, which began as a routine regulation on development permits but quickly grew controversial after the sea-level provision was added, restricts all sea-level predictions used to guide state policies for the next four years to those based on "historical data."

Tom Thompson, president of NC-20, a coastal development group and a key supporter of the law, said the science used to make the 39-inch prediction was flawed, and added that the resources commission failed to consider the economic consequences of preparing the coast for a one-meter rise in sea level, under which up to 2,000 square miles would be threatened.

This makes all kinds of sense: If something will be costly, it can't be true. State Rep. Pat McElraft, who drafted the law, explained at the time she wasn't anti-science at all, heavens no:

Most of the environmental side say we're ignoring science, but the bill actually asks for more science [...] We're not ignoring science, we're asking for the best science possible, the best extrapolation possible, looking at the historical data also. We just need to make sure that we're getting the proper answers.

That 2012 article notes that Rep. McElraft, who's still in the legislature, is a former real estate agent whose largest campaign contributions came from the real estate business. Imagine that! It also notes she lives on one of the state's Barrier Islands -- or did in 2012 -- where a mandatory evacuation is now in effect. Gosh, we hope her house is OK, because it sure would be awful if a powerful storm knocked it into the definitely-not-rising sea.

[Rush Limbaugh / Media Matters / Quartz / ABC News / CBS News]

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Homework Question on JP Morgan Chase In the summer of 1012 JPMorgan Chase, the biggest U.S. bank,announced trading losses from investment decisions made by its Chief Investment Office (CIO) of $5.8 billion. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEF) was provided falsified first quarter reports that concealed this massive loss. Discuss how administrative agencies like the

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Following a "Mission: Impossible" sendup, Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the company's "Gather Round" event that Apple is about to sell its two billionth iOS device, a new milestone for the company.
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Spending on health care in Massachusetts surpassed the $60 billion mark in 2017 for the first time ever, but the increase was well within an annual cost growth benchmark set by state regulators. According to a report published Wednesday by the state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis, total health care spending grew 1.6 percent between 2016 and 2017, from $59.8 billion to $61.1 billion. The percentage increase fell under the state’s 3.6 percent cost growth benchmark, marking the second… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
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MYER’S new CEO has apologised to shareholders after the company reported a near half a billion dollar loss in the year to July 28. The department store chain’s total sales slipped 3.2 per cent to $3.1 billion — and were down 2.7 per cent on a...
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Federal officials released revised data Wednesday that found international travelers to the U.S. grew by 0.7% in 2017 over the previous year, despite steep drops from Mexico and the Middle East.

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Consumer advocates say strong reforms are needed to better regulate the payday lending industry in Michigan, and they just might have the data to prove it. A new report from the Center for Responsible Lending found that in the past five years, payday lenders have taken more than half a billion dollars in fees from…

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The Most Valuable Legacy

“Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.”

Psalm 128:1–4

At the time of his death in 1913, John Pierpont Morgan was one of the richest men in the world. He was renowned in the world of finance for his ability to put together corporate deals, like his pivotal role in the creation of General Electric and U. S. Steel. Morgan almost single-handedly ended the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1907 by supporting the banks that were on the verge of failing and working with others to prop up companies that would otherwise have gone bankrupt.

Morgan was renowned for his philanthropy, supporting museums and hospitals, and was a major contributor to his church. His priorities and goals for the future were revealed in his will, which began with these words: “I commit my soul into the hands of my Saviour in full confidence that having redeemed it and washed it in His most precious blood, He will present it faultless before the throne of my Heavenly Father, and I entreat my children to maintain and defend at any cost of personal sacrifice the blessed doctrine of the complete Atonement for sin through the blood of Jesus Christ once offered, and through that alone.”

Most of us will not leave billions of dollars to our descendants. But all of us can leave them a heritage of faith and love for God and a knowledge of His salvation. There is no greater inheritance than the testimony of a faithful life spent in service to God and a faith that reaches across the generations.

Today’s Growth Principle: 
There is no financial legacy we can leave behind that compares to the legacy of faith in God.

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President Trump is a fine President and a true American Patriot. And Ovomit is just the opposite..........A TRAITOR AND LAWLESS SCUMBAG

Ovomit's
Acts of Treason:

1.Perpetrating acts of fraud, perjury and conspiracy in his refusal to confirm
his lawful eligibility to serve as president under the U.S. Constitution
Article II, Section 1, constituting impeachable offenses of high crimes and misdemeanors
adumbrated in U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 4;

2. Surrendering sovereign U.S. war-making to foreign powers and international
authorities by attacking Libya without consulting Congress, in violation of U.S. Constitution Article 1, Section 8 and U.S. Code Title 50, Chapter33:1541-1548;

3. Accepting foreign title and office while acting as U.S. President and without consulting Congress when in 2009, Obama assumed the Chairmanship of the UN Security
Council, the international body responsible for declaring war on behalf of the UN, in violation of U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 9;

4. Making
bribery attempts in word and in deed, as Obama administration offered bribes to
at least three Federal candidates for office: Joe Sestak, Andrew Romanoff and
Jim Matheson, in violation of U.S. Code Title 18, Section 201;

5. Defying a
Federal Court Order by refusing to halt the unconstitutional implementation of
the "Patient Healthcare and Affordable Care Act of 2010, popularly known
as "ObamaCare", in violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section
3, and Article III, Sections 1 & 2;

6. Defying a
Federal Court Order by refusing to grant lawful deep water drilling permits, in
violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 3, and Article III, Sections
1 & 2;

7. Executive
Branch creation and implementation of regulations asserting unconstitutional
force of Federal law on matters explicitly rejected by or contrary to the will
and intent of Congress, specifically the EPA implementation of Cap and Trade,
in violation of U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 1 and Section 8;

8. Refusing
to secure our broken borders from illegal alien invasion, international
criminal incursion, and terrorist cadre penetration, in violation of U.S.
Constitution, Article III, Section 3 and Article IV, Section 4;

9. Executive
Branch malfeasance and impeding the administration of justice by preventing the
U.S. Department of Justice from investigating crimes committed for the direct
benefit of the President by presidential associates including: voter
intimidation at the hands of the New Black Panthers and ACORN election fraud,
in violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 3, and U.S. Criminal Code
Section 135, (Comp. St. § 10305);

10. Direct
mobilizing and funding of mob violence, sedition and insurrection, as witnessed
in Wisconsin, by the President's own reelection campaign group Organizing for
America, and including open statements of incitement to the insurrection by the
President himself, in violation of U.S.Penal Code, Chapter 115, Section 2383;

11.
Executive Branch usurpation of lawmaking powers voiding duly enacted
legislation of Congress by improperly preventing the U.S. Department of Justice
from defending established Federal law – specifically the Defense of Marriage
Act, in violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 3;

12. Adhering
to the enemies of the United States, giving them aid and comfort, as witnessed
by consorting with, supporting and installing to powerful Federal positions
persons who in writing, word and deed have called for and promoted the
overthrow of America's constitutionally guaranteed Republican form of
government, and the overthrow of the United States Constitution; including but
not limited to William Ayers, Bernadette Dohrn, Cass Sunstein, John Holdren,
Van Jones, Dalia Mogahed, Harold Koh, and Eric Holder, in violation of U.S.
Constitution, Article III, Section IV and U.S. Penal Code, Section 2385.

, according to Bill Gertz in the Washington Times, “the U.S. government has traced some of the
$1.7 billion released to Iran by the Obama administration to Iranian-backed
terrorists in the two years since the cash was transferred.”

There is a law that applies to this situation.
U.S. Code 2381 says: “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies
war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort
within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer
death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this
title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office
under the United States.”

But there is one thing Barack Obama has on all
competitors: treason.

He showered hundreds of billions of dollars on
the Islamic Republic of Iran. There are those who say, “It was their money. It
belonged to the Iranian government but was frozen and not paid since 1979.”
Indeed, and there was a reason for that: not even Jimmy Carter, who made the
Islamic Republic of Iran possible, thought that money, which had been paid by
the Shah’s government in a canceled arms deal, belonged to the mullahs who
overthrew the Shah. Likewise Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, and George W.
Bush all thought that the Islamic Republic was not due money that was owed to
the Shah.

Only Barack Obama did.

The definition of treason is giving aid and
comfort to the enemy. The leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran order their
people to chant “Death to America” in mosques every Friday, and repeatedly vow
that they will ultimately destroy the United States of America and the state of
Israel. How was giving them billions and helping them skirt sanctions applied
by the U.S. government not treason?

A List of Obama’s Constitutional
Violations

Ovomit took the
Presidential Oath, swearing to “.. preserve, protect and defend the
Constitution of the United States” but has:

§ Used Executive Action in direct opposition
to the law, and unilaterally changes the law for at least five million illegal
aliens; Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress; “he shall
take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3; Article
I Section 8

§ In direct violation of ACA Law ( Section 36B
) ordered subsidies be paid under Federal Exchange. Article. I. Section. 1;
Article II, Section 3.

§ *Entered Treaty Agreement with Iran without
Advice & Consent of the Senate. No agreement (including one with the UN) is
valid without 2/3 Senate approval. Article II Section 2.

§ Operation Choke Point program – Direct
infringement on 2nd Amendment.

§ Violated statute on “Material Support of
Terrorism” by returning top terrorists back to terrorist organizations. Article
II Section 3; Dereliction of Duty Article II Section 4

§ Violated Appropriations Act (DOD Section
8111) – GAO report; Article II Section 3

§ Ignored law that requires Congress be
notified prior to any detainees being moved from Guantanamo. “he shall take
Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3

§ Using EPA to “legislate” over States,
Congress, and Federal Court; Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8; Direct
violation of Presidential Oath.

§ Appointed 24+ Federal agency czars without
advice and consent of the Senate; Violation of Article II Section 2

§ Used Executive Privilege in regards to Fast
& Furious gun running scandal. When Government misconduct is the concern
Executive privilege is negated.

§ 23 Executive Orders on gun control –
infringement of the 2nd Amendment

§ Exposed identity and methods of operation of
a Navy SEALs team – Illegal for a President to reveal classified military
secrets. Article II Section 3

§ 2 Executive actions mandating private health
information on patients be turned over to NICS – Violation of HIPPA law.

§ Executive Order bypassing Congress on
immigration – Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress;
Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8

§ Unilaterally issued new exemptions to
immigration restrictions law that bars certain asylum-seekers and refugees who
provided “limited material support” to t

errorists. – Article 1 Section 1; Article I
Section 8 Congress shall have the Power..to establish an uniform Rule of
Naturalization.

§ Issued directive instructing ICE to NOT
enforce immigration laws in certain cases. Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative
power held by Congress; “he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully
executed,” Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8

§ Release of convicted illegal aliens ordered
in direct opposition to law-Article II Section 3

§ Expanded executive action for amnesty to
illegal immigrant relatives of DREAM Act beneficiaries. Article 1 Section 1,
ALL Legislative power held by Congress; “he shall take Care that the Laws be
faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8

§ Executive action directing DHS that almost
all immigration offenses were unenforceable absent a separate criminal conviction.
Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress; “he shall take
Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3; Article I
Section 8

§ Ignoring Law (2006 Secure Fence Act) “he
shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3

§ Used DOJ to ignore section 8 of the Voting
Rights Act. ” he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article
II Section 3

§ Used DOJ to prevent Arizona and Alabama from
enforcing immigration laws. – 10th Amendment

§ Information memorandum telling states that
they can waive the work requirement for welfare recipients, thereby altering
the 1996 welfare reform law. – Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held
by Congress.

§ Used NLRB to dictate to a business where
they can do business. (Boeing Dreamliner Plant). No Constitutional authority to
do so.

§ NDAA – Section 1021. Due process Rights
negated. Violation of 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Amendments.

§ Executive Order 13603 NDRP – Government can
seize anything

§ Executive Order 13524 – Gives INTERPOL
jurisdiction on American soil beyond law enforcement agencies, including the
FBI.

§ Executive Order 13636 Infrastructure
Cybersecurity – Bypassing Congress Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power
held by Congress

§ Attempt to tax political contributions – 1st
Amendment

§ DOMA Law – Obama directed DOJ to ignore the
Constitution and separation of powers and not enforce the law. ” he shall take
Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3

§ Dodd-Frank – Due process and separation of
powers. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau writing and interpreting law.
Article. I. Section. 1

§ Drone strikes on American Citizens – 5th
Amendment Due process Rights negated

§ Bypassed Congress and gave EPA power to
advance Cap-n-Trade

§ Attempt for Graphic tobacco warnings (under
appeal) – 1st Amendment

§ Four Exec. appointments – Senate was NOT in
recess (Court has ruled unconstitutional yet the appointees still remain)

§ Obama took Chairmanship of UN Security
Council – Violation of Section 9.

§ ACA (Obamacare) mandate – SCOTUS rewrote
legislation and made it a tax because there is no Constitutional authority for
Congress to force Americans to engage in commerce. SCOTUS has no authority to
Legislate or lay taxes. Article I Section 1 & 8.

§ Contraceptive, abortifacients mandate
violation of First Ammendment

§ Healthcare waivers – No president has
dispensing powers

§ Refuses to acknowledge state’s 10th
Amendment rights to nullify Obamacare

§ Going after states (AZ lawsuit) for
upholding Federal law (immigration) -10th Amendment.

§ Chrysler Bailout -TARP – violated creditors
rights and bankruptcy law, as well as Takings and Due Process Clauses – 5th
Amendment (G.W. Bush also illegally used TARP funds for bailouts)

§ The Independent Payment Advisory Board
(appointees by the president). Any decisions by IPAB will instantly become law
starting in 2014 – Separation of Powers, Article 1 Section 1.

§ Congress did not approve Obama’s war in
Libya. Article I, Section 8, First illegal war U.S. has engaged in. Impeachable
under Article II, Section 4; War Powers Act – Article II Section 3.

§ Obama falsely claims UN can usurp
Congressional war powers.

§ Obama has acted outside the constitutional
power given him – this in itself is unconstitutional.

§ Bribery of Senator Ben Nelson and Senator
Mary Landrey. (Cornhusker Kickback and Louisiana Purchase) Article II, Section
4.

§ With the approval of Obama, the NSA and the
FBI are tapping directly into the servers of 9 internet companies to gain
access to emails, video/audio, photos, documents, etc. This program is code
named PRISM. NSA also collecting data on all phone calls in U.S. – Violation of
4th Amendment.

§ Directed signing of U.N. Firearms treaty –
2nd Amendment.

§ The Senate/Obama immigration bill (approved
by both) raises revenue – Section 7. All Bills for raising Revenue shall
originate in the House of Representatives

§ Obama altered law – (A president has no
authority to alter law) Delayed upholding the Employer Mandate Law (ACA) until
2015 – Individual Mandate will be enforced. A President does not have that
authority – Article. I. Section. 1. All legislative Powersherein granted shall
be vested in a Congress of the United States; The president “shall take care
that the laws be faithfully executed” -Article II, Section 3; Equal Protection
Clause -14th Amendment.

§ Obama altered law – ACA Medicare cuts
delayed until 2015. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama altered law – Enforcement of
eligibility requirements for ACA delayed until 2015. Article. I. Section. 1;
Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama wavered ACA Income Verification
Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama altered law – Delayed ACA caps on out
of pocket expenses until 2015. (when implemented premiums will skyrocket)
Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama ignored judicial order to fulfill
legal obligation regarding Yucca Mountain waste. Article II, Section 3

§ Waived Federal provision that prevents U.S.
From arming terrorist groups – Article I. Section 1; Impeachable under Article
III, Section 3.

§ Directed State Department HS to ignore law
barring entry to U.S. those giving political or charitable aid to known
terrorist groups. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama shelves part of the ACA Law for
Insurers, extending the life of non-qualifying (according to ACA) plans until
Jan. 1, 2015. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3. Violation of the
Take Care Clause, Separation of Powers.

§ Obama waved ACA individual mandate for those
that lost their insurance. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.
Violation of the Take Care Clause, Separation of Powers.

§ Obama alters ACA law and exempts companies
employing between 50-100 full-time workers from business mandate until 2016.
Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ In total, Obama has unilaterally altered ACA
24 times. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3. Violation of the Take
Care Clause, Separation of Powers.


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Wars are good for the economy. Wars do NOT cause economic down turns..........liberals DO!!!!!!!!!

THE REASON FOR THE CRASH

Do liberals ever have a clue? Do they ever know facts? Do you know why the crashed happened? Do you have any clue? Have you ever heard of sub-prime mortgage? The Left created and institutionalized the sub-prime mortgage, and it started in Chicago where ACORN pioneered the concept and shook down area banks for risky minority loans with protests and harassment. Clinton signed a revision to the CRA and the rest is history. Banks didn't want to give those shaky loans and anyone with more than a few brain cells would know that. They were pushed into doing it by the government.
0lair was an advisor to the Communist ACORN at the time they were testing the sub-prime strategy in Chicago.
Dodd-Frank was the uber ironic legislation that moronically passed through Congress and is now destroying small and mid-sized banks. Chris Dodd and Barney Frank were the heads of their respective oversight committees and neither did anything to prevent Fannie and Freddie from churning out hundreds of billions in bad loans and worthless mortgage backed securities. It was TOTALLY the fault of the Commies, posing as Democrats. The banks are hardly perfect, but they didn't cause the collapse.
Banks are where capital comes from. Without capital, capitalism stalls, just like the Commies wanted. The sub-prime loan scheme, followed by the ridiculously restrictive over-reaction of Frank-Dodd has locked up a huge amount of desperately needed capital. The whole thing was planned and was intentional, per the Cloward-Piven strategy to bankrupt the economy as a way to destroy capitalism and usher in socialism.
Europe has been doing the same thing Obama wants to do, only for far longer. Socialism doesn't work. Capitalism does, but Europe hasn't been capitalistic, in the true sense of the word, in a long time.

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SIGN of the times that US private-equity firm Lone Star has pulled Quintain off the market. Jamie Ritblat’s Delancey couldn’t agree a price for the Wembley developer and Spy’s moles say £2.3 billion was always a bit rich given a wobbly London property...
          9/12/2018: BUSINESS: TESCO FINDS BREWDOG’S LOST FOR JOINT OFFERING      Cache   Translate Page      
CRAFT brewer BrewDog will start selling a new lager exclusively through supermarket chain Tesco and wholesaler Booker, which Tesco bought last year for £3.7 billion. Lost Lager will be the first product the combined businesses have launched. Tesco is...
          Bank Overdraft Fees Strip More Than $11 billion from Consumers Each Year      Cache   Translate Page      

For many people, little things can in time lead to big problems. When personal checking accounts are involved, transactions without available funds in checking accounts can trigger a series of fees that wind up taking a big bite out of the next paycheck. What’s more, many times consumers have no way of knowing the real cost until after a bank statement arrives weeks later. Banks and other depository institutions market these fees as convenient “overdraft protection.” What they do to consumers is strip billions of dollars each year from personal checking accounts, while generating a lucrative, no-lose revenue stream for these institutions. New research by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) finds that last year among the nation’s largest banks, overdraft fees were a $11.45 billion bonanza. “Unfair Market: The State of High-Cost Overdraft Practices in 2017,” analyzes both how overdraft fee revenue is generated, as well as the practices borne on the backs of America’s working poor. “Instead of serving families fairly, banks are driving many customers deeper in a hole and often out of the banking system altogether,” said Pete Smith, the report’s author and CRL senior researcher. “Over the last 15 to 20 years, many financial institutions have betrayed the trust of their account holders by replacing what was once an occasional accommodation with an exploitative system of routine high-cost overdraft fees that drive account holders deep into debt.” “Banks set up systems at every turn where they can maximize the revenue they generate with these fees,” continued Smith. “They’ve found aread more

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          Organizers of sports betting ring receive harsh sentences      Cache   Translate Page      
Organizers of sports betting ring receive harsh sentences The Saigon Times Daily Defendants at court – PHOTO: LAO DONG NEWSPAPER HCMC – The HCMC People’s Court on September 11 handed down tough sentences to the organizers of an illegal online soccer betting ring that raked in more than VND622 billion (US$26.7 million), reported the local […]
          Femtocell Market to Reach $3.7 Billion by 2020 - Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast      Cache   Translate Page      
Femtocell Market to Reach $3.7 Billion by 2020 - Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast Femtocell technology market is segmented into two categories, namely SIP/IMS technology and IU-H technology. The technology market is majorly driven by increased application for IMS technology in small and medium enterprises and reduction in cost of IU-H technology. Increases in

          Mobile Wallet Market Is Growing at a CAGR of 52% During the Forecast Period      Cache   Translate Page      
Mobile Wallet Market Is Growing at a CAGR of 52% During the Forecast Period The global mobile wallet market will reach $3155.1 billion in 2020, growing with a CAGR of 52.0%. The growth in smartphone and mobile internet users, and convenience and accessibility are some of the factors, driving the growth of the global

          Web Content Management Market to Witness 14.2% CAGR During 2018 - 2023      Cache   Translate Page      
Web Content Management Market to Witness 14.2% CAGR During 2018 - 2023 The global web content management market will reach $9.3 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 14.2% during 2018 - 2022. The business organizations are increasingly adopting web content management (WCM) solutions, such as mobile and social content management,

          Mobile Payments Market Analysis by Leading Growth Players: Vodafone, Gemalto N.V, FIS Global, Google, MasterCard Incorporated., Orange S.A      Cache   Translate Page      
Mobile Payments Market Size The mobile payment market was valued at USD 668.12 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach a value of USD 2410.75 billion by 2023 at a CAGR of 23.85% during the forecast period (2018 - 2023). With

          Global Safety Sensors Market to Reflect Impressive Growth of 4.28% | Top Key Players (OMRON, ALLEN-BRADLEY, KEYENCE, ABB LIMITED, SIEMENS, PEPPERL+FUCHS, and VICKERS-WARNICK)      Cache   Translate Page      
The safety sensors market was valued at USD 4.7 billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 5.9 billion by the end of 2023, growing at a CAGR of 4.28% over the forecast period (2018-2023). The scope of the

          Augmented Reality & Mixed Reality Market is Expected to Exceed US$ 12.97 Billion By 2023 With MAGIC LEAP, META VISION, ACER INCORPORATED, DELL, MICROSOFT, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS, LENOVO, HP, ASUS COMPUTER INTERNATIONAL      Cache   Translate Page      
Industry Highlights: The global augmented reality & mixed reality market was valued at USD 1.43 billion in 2017, and is expected to reach USD 12.97 billion by 2023, registering a CAGR of 43.93%, over the forecast period of 2018-2023. The scope

          Commercial Robotics Market is growing rapidly over 22.14% of CAGR forecast period to 2018-2023 | Global Key Vendors by NORTHROP GRUMMAN, KUKA AG, IROBOT, INTUITIVE SURGICAL, YASKAWA ELECTRIC, HONDA MOTOR COMPANY      Cache   Translate Page      
Industry Highlights: The global commercial robotics market was valued at USD 6.4 billion in 2017, and is expected to reach a value of USD 28.1 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 22.14%, during the forecast period (2018 - 2023). The

          Comment on Primary Season's Last Lap by Michale      Cache   Translate Page      
As do Trump, Mnuchin, Ross, Mercer, Adelman, Koch and the other billionaires that want to run the country like it's their private sandbox. I thought we were talking about the Primaries?? Please tell me when you want to move the goal posts.. I'll be happy to help you.. They are REALLY heavy... Someone ought to tell the same to Trump, who's been shedding independents like a room sheds cockroaches after the light's turned on. He's down to 36% approval and dropping like a stone with that crowd. Facts to support??? The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/current_events/politics/prez_track_sep12 See, I can cherry pick data too.. :D Can Trump still win if his support dwindles down to himself, Jarvanka, the billionaires, and the Klan? If that ever happens, of course not.. On the other hand, can President Trump LOSE with 32% Black American support and 100% Trump supporter support?? Of course not.. :D
          Comment on Primary Season's Last Lap by Balthasar      Cache   Translate Page      
[97]She seems to have an entitlement issue.. As do Trump, Mnuchin, Ross, Mercer, Adelman, Koch and the other billionaires that want to run the country like it's their private sandbox. [98]Jimmy Carter cautions Democrats not to scare off moderates Someone ought to tell the same to Trump, who's been shedding independents like a room sheds cockroaches after the light's turned on. He's down to 36% approval and dropping like a stone with that crowd. Can Trump still win if his support dwindles down to himself, Jarvanka, the billionaires, and the Klan?
          Comment on Primary Season's Last Lap by Michale      Cache   Translate Page      
Thanks, Obama! Barack Obama reminds us why Donald Trump is president By David Harsanyi SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 “How hard can that be? Saying that Nazis are bad,” former President Barack Obama asked a crowd in Illinois over the weekend. Well, probably no harder than saying the words “radical Islam,” I imagine. Or maybe it’s slightly less difficult than not sending billions of dollars to Holocaust-denying terror regimes that have both the means and intent to murder Jews—in 2018, not 1942. And it’s definitely a lot easier than not meeting, posing, then smiling for a picture with Louis Farrakhan. But thanks for the lecture. Obama may well find the presence of a few hundred pathetic white supremacists more perilous than a deadly worldwide ideological movement with millions of adherents. But just as Obama’s sins do not excuse President Trump’s inexplicable answer to the Charlottesville riot, Trump’s words don’t excuse the most divisive modern president, a man whose unilateralism and contempt for the process and the Constitution helped create the environment America now find itself in. While Obama’s self-reverential speech was crammed with revisionism, the most jaw-dropping contention from the former president was probably a defense of his record on free speech: “I complained plenty about Fox News,” the scandal-ridden Obama explained, “but you never heard me threaten to shut them down, or call them ‘enemies of the people.’” That’s the thing. We often hear Trump’s hyperbolic, and sometimes destructive, attacks on the press. Thankfully, as of yet the president hasn’t applied the power of the state to inhibit anyone’s free expression. And this is no thanks to liberals’ eight-year efforts to empower the executive branch when that was useful to them. It’s worth remembering that it was Obama who called out the Supreme Court during a State of the Union speech for defending the First Amendment in the Citizens United case, and his allies who still argue that state should be able to ban political documentaries — and, yes, books. Let’s also not forget Obama’s Internal Revenue Service admitted then apologized for cracking down on conservative political groups. It was the Obama administration that blamed the Benghazi attack on free speech, apologizing to tyrannies for the excesses of free expression, and then, for good measure, threw the amateurish videomaker behind “The Innocence of Muslims” into jail. Most of all, let’s not forget that Obama did a lot more than complain about Fox News. The administration was so preoccupied with the cable news network (the only major station that could reasonably be seen as the opposition) that top-ranking administration officials like Anita Dunn, Rahm Emanuel, and David Axelrod all engaged in a concerted effort to openly delegitimize its coverage. That was unprecedented, but okay. Less okay, though, was that not long after that effort, Attorney General Eric Holder decided to spy on a Fox journalist—shopping his case to three separate judges, until he found one who let him name reporter James Rosen as a co-conspirator in a crime of reporting the news. 8/13 https://thefederalist.com/2018/09/10/barack-obama-reminds-us-why-donald-trump-is-president/ Once again, if ANYONE wants to thank someone for giving us President Trump... There is the one to thank.... Barack Odumbo...
          The Top 7 IoT Trends of 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

By 2020, it’s estimated there will be over 30 billion IoT devices. As the popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to rise across industries, it's important to take note of which trends could affect your business.


          Western Europe OTT TV And Video Forecasts 2018-2023: Revenues Will Reach $23.02 Billion In 2023; More Than Double The $9.84 Billion Recorded In 2017      Cache   Translate Page      


          9/12/2018: BREXIT: Hammond states UK will still have to hand over money to EU if there is no overall deal on Brexit      Cache   Translate Page      

BRITAIN will still have to meet its outstanding financial obligations to the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Chancellor Philip Hammond has warned. Mr Hammond acknowledged the agreement in December that the UK would pay a £39 billion “divorce...
          Digital Logistics Market Outlook to 2025 - Global Industry In-Depth Analysis with Booming Trends Supporting Growth Up To 2025      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 13, 2018 ) According to Verified Market Intelligence, the Global Digital Logistics market was valued at USD 11.02 Billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 19.88 Billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 14.4% from 2017 to 2025. Digital logistics is a process that involves...
          Supply Chain Analytics Market Outlook 2025 - Global Industry In-Depth Analysis with Booming Trends Supporting Growth Up To 2025      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 13, 2018 ) According to Verified Market Intelligence, the Global Supply Chain Analytics Market was valued at USD 3.61 Billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 9.83 Billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 13.4% from 2018 to 2025. Supply chain analytics is a complex...
          Trustees of British Airways-sponsored retirement scheme close to pension buy-in deal: Sky News      Cache   Translate Page      
Trustees of British Airways-sponsored Airways Pension Scheme are close to a deal with Legal & General to insure more than 4 billion pounds ($5.22 billion) of its historic pension liabilities, Sky News reported on Wednesday.
          Thermal Imaging Market Analysis and Industry Research Report to 2025      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 13, 2018 ) The Global Thermal Imaging Market was valued at USD 7.92 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 13.39 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 6.01% from 2017 to 2025. Thermal Imaging is a process by which the visibility of an object in a dark environment...
          Healthcare Quality Management Market Outlook 2025, Global Opportunity And Growth Analysis      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 13, 2018 ) According to Verified Market Intelligence, the global healthcare quality management market was valued at USD 1.49 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 4.85 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 14% from 2017 to 2025. Healthcare quality management altogether...
          Cognitive Analytics Industry : Growth Factors, Applications, Regional Analysis, Key Players and Forecast By 2025      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 13, 2018 ) According to Verified Market Intelligence, the Global Cognitive Analytics Market was valued at USD 1.82 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 45.57 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 43.02% from 2017 to 2025. Cognitive analytics, also known as artificial...
          Data Loss Prevention Industry 2018, Supplies, Capacity, Production, Profit, Price, and Competition Market to 2018-2025      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 13, 2018 ) According to Verified Market Intelligence, the Global Data Loss Prevention Market was valued at USD 1.05 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 1.35 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 2.85% from 2017 to 2025. Data loss prevention (DLP) is a policy...
          Senior Mechanical Engineer - ZT Systems - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page      
ZT Systems is a Drug-Free Workplace. ZT Systems is an established multibillion-dollar company, and a technology industry veteran with over 22 years in business....
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          Server Lab Technician - ZT Systems - Austin, TX      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Senior Systems Validation Engineer - ZT Systems - Secaucus, NJ      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Server Lab Technician - ZT Systems - Secaucus, NJ      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Senior Bios Engineer - ZT Systems - Secaucus, NJ      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Senior Power Engineer - ZT Systems - Secaucus, NJ      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Technical Project Coordinator - ZT Systems - Secaucus, NJ      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Thermal Engineer - ZT Systems - Secaucus, NJ      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Mechanical Engineer - ZT Systems - Secaucus, NJ      Cache   Translate Page      
ZT Systems is a Drug-Free Workplace. Design & validate modifications to existing ZT products. ZT Systems is an established multibillion-dollar company, and a...
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          Supplier Quality Engineer - ZT Systems - Secaucus, NJ      Cache   Translate Page      
ZT Systems is a Drug-Free Workplace. Drives alignment between Supplier roadmaps and ZT roadmaps. ZT Systems is an established multibillion-dollar company, and a...
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          Senior Systems Engineer - ZT Systems - Secaucus, NJ      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Manufacturing Engineering Process Technician - ZT Systems - Secaucus, NJ      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Return to Vendor (RTV) Assistant - ZT Systems - Secaucus, NJ      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Server Assembly Line Leader - ZT Systems - Secaucus, NJ      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Apple to sell 2 billionth iOS device      Cache   Translate Page      
From an overall market share perspective, iOS trails Android quite dramatically. It’s not hard to see why -- devices running Google’s operating system are often far more inexpensive compared to Apple’s. That’s not necessarily a bad thing for Apple -- there are far more General Motors vehicles on the road than Mercedes, for instance. People that prefer quality hardware and actual operating system upgrades choose Apple when possible -- iOS is an absolute delight to use with many quality apps available. Today, to highlight the success of the operating system, Apple CEO Tim Cook made a shocking revelation regarding how… [Continue Reading]
          9/12/2018: BUSINESS: Excitement building about West of Shetland      Cache   Translate Page      
ANALYSIS A day after Oil & Gas UK warned billions of barrels of North Sea resources could be squandered unless drilling activity picked up from record lows significant industry players have shown faith in the area’s exploration potential. Cairn Energy...
          IDG Contributor Network: What the digital booking trend means for local travel attractions and fraud prevention      Cache   Translate Page      

One of the most durable recent trends in the travel industry is booking experiences like local tours, attractions, and dining online. TripAdvisor bought Viator in 2014 to add local experiences to its portfolio. In late 2016, Airbnb started offering local experiences in a dozen cities through its online app. Since then, the projected value of the experience booking business has topped $2 billion, Airbnb's experiences bookings have expanded worldwide, and even hip-hop producer DJ Khaled is now in the business, partnered with Booking.com.

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          Chancellor's 2018 State of the University Address      Cache   Translate Page      

UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS, will deliver his fifth State of the University address on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in Cole Hall on the Parnassus campus.

The Chancellor will share highlights over the past year, including major milestones in research, education and patient care, as well as acknowledge the great work of members of the UCSF community. He will also provide updates on UCSF’s current initiatives and plans, including the revitalization of the Parnassus Heights campus and the campaign to raise $5 billion to sustain UCSF’s robust enterprise and to recruit and retain top talent.

The Chancellor will focus his remarks on UCSF’s extensive work in the community to address health inequities and some of the most challenging societal issues, such as homelessness, mental health and poverty.

The address will be presented live in Cole Hall on the Parnassus campus and from UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. It will be live streamed on YouTube and simulcast at Byers Hall in Genentech Hall at Mission Bay, Herbst Hall at Mount Zion as well as in Fresno.

Joining the Chancellor for his presentation will be Margot Kushel, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Center for Vulnerable Populations at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and Dayna Long, MD, medical director for the Department of Community Health and Engagement at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.

Kushel’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of homelessness and housing instability, with the goal of preventing and ending homelessness and ameliorating the effects of homelessness on health. Her research seeks to inform clinical practice, programs, and policies.

Long is finding ways to use health care settings as a buffer against toxic stress in order to help kids achieve better outcomes. She is working in Oakland and collaborating with other UCSF researchers on multidisciplinary clinical programs, trials and partnerships to address disparities that will help improve the health of all children.

Cole Hall Auditorium, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, Genentech Hall, Herbst Hall, and UCSF Fresno
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          Major DNA service developments from MyHeritage      Cache   Translate Page      
New DNA announcements from MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com):



Announcement 1:

MyHeritage supports 23andMe V5 and Living DNA uploads

If you’ve tested your DNA already, we have good news for you, please read on. If you haven’t taken a DNA test yet, we invite you to check out the MyHeritage DNA kit which is now offered at a very affordable price.

Since 2016, MyHeritage has allowed users who have tested their DNA already to upload their DNA data from Ancestry, 23andMe and Family Tree DNA, providing DNA matches and ethnicity estimates on MyHeritage for free.

However, previously MyHeritage did not support the upload of tests based on the chip called GSA (Global Screening Array), that is used by 23andMe (V5), and by Living DNA. Recent improvements to our DNA algorithms allow us to support DNA data processed on GSA chips, and so we’re happy to update you that MyHeritage now supports 23andMe V5 and Living DNA data uploads, in addition to data uploads from all major DNA testing services, including Ancestry, 23andMe (up to V5) and Family Tree DNA (Family Finder).

Upload your DNA data to MyHeritage now — it’s fast and simple. If you upload now, you will get full access to DNA Matching, Ethnicity Estimates, our industry-leading chromosome browser, and more, for FREE.

If you manage additional DNA kits for some of your relatives, and you have their permission, upload their DNA data too, and MyHeritage will let you associate the data with the respective individuals on your family tree.

As of December 1st 2018, our DNA upload policy will change: DNA Matching will remain free for uploaded DNA data, but unlocking additional DNA features will require an extra payment for DNA files uploaded after this date. All DNA data that was uploaded to MyHeritage in the past, and all DNA data that is uploaded now and prior to December 1, 2018 will continue to enjoy full access to all DNA features for free. These uploads will be grandfathered in and will remain free.

So it’s a great idea to upload DNA files for any kits you have as soon as possible. You’ll get the following benefits:

DNA Matches
DNA Matches are other users on MyHeritage from all around the world who are likely to be your relatives based on shared DNA. MyHeritage has a very strong user base in Europe so you are likely to get more DNA Matches from Europe than on any other DNA service. This is very useful if you have ancestors from Europe.

Ethnicity Estimate
A percent breakdown of your ethnic background from among 42 ethnicity regions. You’ll learn which places your ancestors came from.

Chromosome Browser
Helps you understand how you’re related to your DNA Matches by identifying DNA segments that you share with them. MyHeritage’s Chromosome Browser is considered by many experts to be the best in the industry.

After uploading, your DNA data will be kept private and secure, and our DNA service terms are the friendliest in the industry. You remain the owner of your DNA data — not us — and you can delete your DNA data at any time.

So don't delay, and upload your DNA data to MyHeritage now, while all the DNA features are free (and they will remain free for you). If you have tested with 23andMe (any version including V5) or Living DNA, you're in luck, and you can now upload this data to MyHeritage too. You can also upload DNA data from Ancestry and Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder test. Instructions for exporting your data and uploading it to MyHeritage are provided on our upload page.

P.S. We are currently processing the large backlog of 23andMe V5 kits that have been uploaded to us in the past, and their results will be rolled out to the users gradually within the next few days.

Full blog post: full blog post here: https://blog.myheritage.com/2018/09/new-myheritage-supports-23andme-v5-and-living-dna-uploads


Announcement 2:

MyHeritage Partners with British Retailer WHSmith to Distribute DNA Kits

Tel Aviv, Israel & London, United Kingdom, September 7, 2018 — MyHeritage, Europe’s leading service for DNA testing and family history, announced today the launch of a retail partnership with WHSmith. This marks the first partnership of its kind for MyHeritage in the UK, and the first time that MyHeritage DNA tests will be available for purchase in retail stores in Europe.

Under the new partnership WHSmith distributes a unique product named MyHeritage Family History Discovery Kit, which bundles MyHeritage’s popular at-home DNA test with 3 months of access to MyHeritage’s suite of premium online genealogy services. This allows consumers to receive detailed ethnicity reports and connect with their relatives around the world through the power of DNA testing, and to utilize MyHeritage’s 9-billion-strong collection of historical records and family tree tools to embark on a journey to uncover their family history.

The distribution of the kits via local retail stores caters to the surging demand for at-home DNA testing throughout Europe, and in the UK in particular. The affordable price of the MyHeritage Family History Discovery Kit available through WHSmith, £89, makes it an ideal gift for the Christmas season ahead.

The MyHeritage DNA test is notable for its ease of use. It involves a simple 2-minute cheek swab. In addition to the DNA test, the Family History Discovery Kit comes with 3 months of access to MyHeritage’s Complete plan, which includes all family tree features and historical records on MyHeritage, seamlessly integrated with the DNA test results.

“Interest in DNA testing and family history research in the UK market has skyrocketed lately,” said Akiva Glasenberg, MyHeritage’s Business Development Manager. “We have created a unique bundled product to satisfy this need and are pleased to offer it to UK consumers through selected WHSmith High Street stores. Customers can look forward to discovering their ethnic origins and family history and making use of MyHeritage’s vast DNA database and historical record collections to make new connections with their relatives in the UK and overseas.”

The MyHeritage Family History Discovery Kits are on sale in 200 WHSmith High Street stores, as well as online via www.whsmith.co.uk.

(With thanks to Daniel Horowitz)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.
          9/13/2018: VIEWS: Protect the forests      Cache   Translate Page      

WAKE up people. ABC’s Foreign Correspondent program (11/9) was a timely wake-up call for the Far North. A 10,000ha stretch of biodiverse Californian coast was saved from developers and turned into a nature reserve when purchased by a billionaire...
          The Test Facing Democratic Socialist Julia Salazar in New York      Cache   Translate Page      

For decades, the New York City Democratic machine has capitalized off of low-turnout elections to keep its members in power. However, a new generation of progressive New Yorkers is rejecting that model, arguing that mobilizing new voters can drive electoral success. As Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s shocking victory in June highlighted, this “mobilize the base” strategy can upend the political establishment.

Like Ocasio-Cortez, Julia Salazar, a 27-year-old state senate candidate, is mounting a volunteer-driven challenge to a long-time incumbent, running as an open democratic socialist and rejecting corporate money. In a city that has been confronted with a systemic housing crisis and mass displacement, many candidates from the Left see machine-affiliated incumbents as complacent and vulnerable to populist criticisms. Salazar is no different. At the heart of her campaign is a critique of her opponent’s proximity to New York real estate interests and his role in propelling a rent crisis in the district. Rent stabilization laws in New York State are up for renewal in 2019, making this a decisive election year. Among Salazar’s chief platform planks are ending vacancy decontrol and instituting universal rent stabilization.

Salazar’s opponent is 16-year incumbent Martin Dilan in New York’s 18th Senate District, which includes parts of Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bushwick and Cypress Hill. Dilan is one of the last holdouts of the political machine of Vito Lopez, the now deceased former Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair. Lopez was a state assemblyman for 30 years. During his tenure, he turned his nonprofit, the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, into a formidable political operation. At its height in 2010, the RBSCC held $100 million in city and state contracts and engaged in classic quid-pro-quo politics. Lopez resigned as Brooklyn Democratic Chair and Assemblyman in 2013, after facing highly credible sexual harassment allegations. Dilan and his son, Councilman Erik Dilan, were among the largest beneficiaries of Lopez’s machine, funneling taxpayer money to RBSCC in exchange for political support.

But Lopez’s machine is no more, and there are strong reasons to see strength behind Salazar’s challenge. In 2014, and again in 2016, activist Debbie Medina mounted spirited challenges against Dilan’s proximity to real-estate interests and his failure to effectively respond to skyrocketing rents. However, the summer before the September 2016 primary, child abuse allegations surfaced against Medina. Despite losing critical endorsements and suffering from a crippling deficit of volunteers, Medina still won nearly 41 percent of the vote.

Clearly, voters in the 18th District are open to change. The question is whether Julia Salazar can capitalize on it.

Past under scrutiny

Salazar’s personal biography has come under scrutiny in recent weeks. Her identity as an immigrant, her assertions of growing up working-class and her Judaism have all been questioned, revealing a complex series of accounts from the candidate that could be characterized as everything from deliberately misleading statements to forgivable lapses of judgment. It was additionally revealed that she was previously a leader in right-wing activism at Columbia University, and that she was questioned over impersonating a family friend to access their financial information. As with many questions of personal identity, the story is not entirely black and white.

While Salazar’s website referred to the candidate as a “proud immigrant,” in August it was revealed that she was actually born in Miami, Fla., though she traveled back and forth between the United States and Colombia as a child. Salazar says she “never intended to misrepresent my personal narrative or my immigration status,” and that while several outlets, and even she herself, had made reference to her immigrant status, her statements were the product of imprecise early childhood memories and a strong identification with Colombia and her father’s family. She expressed regret that she hadn’t more thoroughly interrogated her memories as she began to run for public office, saying that “when I set out to run for State Senate I wasn’t critically thinking about my biography, specifically what has been challenged in my early childhood.”

Her early childhood has come under scrutiny from another angle: her class status. She has positioned herself as coming from a working-class background. The first time we talked she described how her economic conditions are foundational to her politics. However, her father worked as a pilot, and her brother has strongly contested her narrative of a working-class upbringing. Salazar admits that her early childhood, until age six, when her parents separated, was not one of economic uncertainty. However, she told me that after the separation, her father paid child support inconsistently at best, and the family relied on Social Security once he became disabled. She said that her mother had to return to college and made $17,000 dollars in one year while raising two children, and that her family’s “economic status varied greatly throughout my upbringing. The background that my parents came from, paired with the financial experience I had in elementary school or middle school are very safe to describe as working class.”

She says that “the lines aren’t fixed when it comes to class status. But when I talk about having working-class or middle-class experience, I mean that I understand the financial insecurity that people in my district face.” She says that “it’s not helpful or meaningful to debate whether I was poor,” but rather that her campaign is “about building solidarity with people who have to work for a living with families that know that if someone gets sick they could lose their home.” Salazar claims that class isn’t a rigid identity, but that it varies with economic status, and the combination of financial precarity and security in her upbringing complicates discussions of her class.

Ultimately, she believes that “voters are more concerned with my record as an advocate and my ability to fight for constituents.”

Which is why her history as a right-wing college activist bears addressing. After first registering as a Republican in Florida in 2008, Salazar says that after moving to New York she intended to register as an Independent but instead accidentally registering for the state’s Independence Party.

At Columbia University, she was involved with both pro-Israel and pro-life activism. Columbia is where she embraced the Jewish faith, which she says was spurred on by the death of her father, who “had made allusions to a Sephardic surname.” Her integration in Jewish life at Columbia, through organizations like Challah for Hunger and Hillel, encouraged her to visit Israel. The details of her trip have also been a source of controversy about her Jewish identity, as the trip was planned by Christians United for Israel rather than a Jewish organization. Nevertheless, she cites her visit to Israel, in 2012, and seeing the separation barrier particularly, as disabusing her of her firm pro-Israel stance. Being “very disturbed by the violence I saw there,” she says she made “a significant decision to reject pro-Israel advocacy.”

She described her experience in pro-life activism, with Columbia Right to Life, as echoing her other right-wing commitments. Her allegiance was shifted in the controversy around the creation of a Columbia abortion fund, which every student would pay into as part of their university-provided health plan. Salazar led the Support Pregnant Students Initiative, aiming to provide support for students who choose to keep their pregnancy. After she published an op-ed in the Columbia Spectator arguing her position, she was confronted by a number of close friends who, through a series of “very hard conversations,” led her to “realize I was deeply miseducated and wrong about abortion.”

Moving left

When asked whys he hadn’t made her political evolution part of her campaign story, Salazar says she was more focused on the community that had encouraged her to run for office, and that she “didn’t think about my own narrative so much and my own evolution.”

As an outgrowth of her political evolution, Salazar helped organize a rent strike against an abusive and absent landlord during her junior year at Columbia. She and her fellow tenants took their landlord to court and won. Her victory, though, was fleeting: when her lease ended a few months later, her landlord declined to renew it. Accordingly, the event holds two meanings for her: while “it was empowering to see how people without law degrees, without any institutional power were able to fight management and win,” she “was still being displaced. It was a very vivid example of the need to fight for systemic changes to systemic problems.”

Salazar says that experience helped propel her run for office.

When we spoke the first time, Salazar expressed how she was “tired of having to ask the same elected officials over and over again to do the right thing.” Her work in Albany and New York City, along with the support of her community and fellow organizers, convinced her that the solution wasn’t bird-dogging her representatives, but replacing them.

Changing landscape

Julia Salazar’s campaign is just one hint that change may be on the horizon in the New York State Senate. Members of the Independent Democratic Conference, (IDC) a group of Democratic senators who caucused with Republicans for the past eight years, are appearing increasingly weak in the face of strong primary challenges. And, if he wins reelection, Gov. Andrew Cuomo may find himself between a rock and a hard place come 2019.

According to Bill Lipton, the New York State Director of the Working Families Party, a progressive, or even a Democratic majority in the state senate is just what Cuomo has been trying to avoid. “Andrew Cuomo has spent the last eight years doing everything he can to keep progressives out of power in Albany—from allowing the Senate Republicans to gerrymander their own districts after promising repeatedly not to, to refusing to campaign for Senate Democrats, to helping the IDC steal the Democratic majority away in 2012, to fostering division between IDC and the Democratic caucus.” This arrangement has allowed Cuomo to act as the power broker in the state senate while both helping block progressive legislation and retaining his Democratic credentials.

Lipton claims Cuomo has utilized this arrangement to masquerade as a progressive while keeping legislative threats to his moneyed friends dead in the water, all the while joking to Senate Republicans about how little he supports Democratic candidates. That Cuomo has managed to build one of the largest campaign war chests in the country through corporate donations speaks to the immense wealth that this arrangement has granted. Lipton says real estate is among the chief interests that pay into this racket: “Real estate is to New York what coal is to West Virginia—the lifeblood of oligarchy.”

Housing crisis

It may be difficult for many residents of the 18th District to square their soaring rents with the $200,000 in real estate money Sen. Dilan has raised during his tenure in office, especially in a district ravaged by pro-real estate legislation and ensuing gentrification. Dilan’s vote has been instrumental in both implementing vacancy decontrol in 1994 as a city councilman, and defusing attempts to repeal the law in 2010 as a state senator. Vacancy decontrol, which allows landlords to freely raise the rent on vacant rent-stabilized units, is at the center of the city-wide housing crisis. According to Salazar, the 18th District alone loses tens of thousands of rent stabilized and controlled units every year.

And considering the state of New York City’s rent laws, which are set on the state level, that isn’t surprising. Once rent on an apartment reaches $2,733.75, landlords can “free” a unit from its rent-stabilized status and instead charge market rates.

There are two main ways that landlords jack up the rent: when a renovation is made owners are allowed a commensurate increase in rent, and the rent can be raised when a tenant moves out. In practice, both of these regulations produce perverse incentives. In the first case, landlords are given very little oversight when reporting the added value of a renovation, meaning they often make small improvements while disproportionately increasing rent. As for the second, landlords are incentivized to rent to short-term tenants, like college students and young people who don’t have ties to the neighborhood, and to harass their rent-stabilized tenants.

The scale of tenant abuse is staggering: A New York Times investigation found stories of landlords who punched holes in the roofs and walls of occupied rent-controlled units, bombarded tenants with eviction suits and harassed them with loud construction. The investigation discovered that the agencies responsible for regulation were “fractionalized, divided among three city and state agencies” and “essentially passive.” This regulatory environment has had devastating impacts on the 18th District. In Bushwick, a family living on the median yearly income, just over $42,000, would have to spend more than 60 percent of their income to afford the average rent of a two-bedroom unit. In Williamsburg, that number is 65 percent.

While Dilan argues that he never thought his vote would come to harm his own constituents, Jennifer Lenow, a member of NYC-DSA’s organizing committee for the Brooklyn Housing Working Group, says that Dilan’s “thousands and thousands from real estate speaks louder than his rhetoric.”

Salazar has been endorsed by the New York City chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez and City Council Member Antonio Reynoso, as well as Cynthia Nixon and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Michael Kinnucan, Salazar’s Deputy Campaign Director, is optimistic about her chances, citing the broad dissatisfaction with the political status quo, the support of local activist groups Make the Road Action and New York Communities for Change, and “one of the largest volunteer ground-organizations in the city.”

Polling shows state-wide enthusiasm for large-scale investment in public housing, signaling that New Yorkers would look favorably upon a more proactive approach to confronting the state’s housing crisis.

As part of their New Progressive Agenda Project, Civis Analytics, a data analytics firm, and the think tank Data for Progress (where I am a fellow) have shown that 59 percent of likely 2018 voters in New York support billions of dollars in investment in public housing, even after hearing Republican arguments against it and being presented with an explicit tax pay-for through tax hikes. “These numbers are pretty consistent with the very high levels of support we’ve seen for public housing ballot measures in cities like Portland and Seattle,” says David Shor, head of data science at Civis Analytics’ political practice.

Persona and policy

Salazar’s controversies, meanwhile, have continued in recent days. On September 6, allegations of an affair with former New York Mets player Keith Hernandez and an attempt to impersonate his then-estranged, now divorced wife, Kai, have come to light. Salazar had been family friends with Hernandez, and was arrested for, but ultimately not charged with, the felony impersonation of Kai. According to Salazar’s statement, the lawsuit was entirely the product of a vengeful ex-wife who had gone so far as to impersonate Salazar on the phone in an attempt to frame her for illegally accessing her finances. Kai’s motive, according to Salazar, was that while house-sitting at Kai’s request Salazar had found “a lot of drugs, syringes, and several guns.” Salazar says that after calling Keith and describing the condition of the house, he, along with local police came to document the scene. The next year she was called by local police and interrogated for allegedly impersonating Kai. After not being charged, in 2013, Salazar sued Kai Hernandez for damages and the two parties reached a settlement in 2017.

When asked for comment about the controversies surrounding Salazar, Martin Dilan’s spokesman Bob Liff said that while “Marty has been a progressive and stable champion for residents of the 18th district, his opponent will have to speak for herself.”

A victory by Salazar’s insurgent campaign would offer even more proof that the future of the Democratic Party is multi-racial, decidedly left, community-driven and not beholden to corporate interests. However, the narrative surrounding her has become thick with controversy, misrepresentation and outright lies. While it is quite possible, as many of Salazar’s supporters claim, that the candidate has been victim to a right-wing smear campaign, there remain legitimate questions about how she has publicly presented herself throughout her campaign.

In a district whose neighborhoods are synonymous with gentrification, the question facing voters in the 18th is this: To what extent is representative politics about personality, and to what extent is it about policy? Thursday’s election will help provide an answer. 


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​Arlington, Va. (September 11, 2018) – Conservation International today issued a statement applauding Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) for authoring the Market Choice Act, which would place a price on carbon emissions while repealing the federal gas tax. The proposal would achieve significant carbon emission reductions and generate revenue for modernizing the United States' infrastructure – which would improve and benefit not only our environment, but also our economy.

The Market Choice Act would levy a tax on fossil fuels and certain industrial facilities and products. The additional revenue – $285 billion for the Highway Trust Fund and $18 billion for the Airways Trust Fund– would provide a pathway for robust investment in American infrastructure, resulting in reduced travel times, improved logistical efficiency, and economic growth.

Additionally, the legislation provides funding for natural infrastructure to aid coastal communities, fund reforestation efforts, and regional conservation partnerships. 

We are pleased to see a thoughtful solution to modernize our economy, protect our environment, and improve livelihoods. This is an important first step to putting the U.S. economy on the prosperous path toward a low-carbon, clean energy future. We are grateful for Mr. Curbelo's leadership on this highly impactful issue," said Shyla Raghav, Conservation International's Climate Lead. 

The carbon tax would start at $24 per ton of carbon dioxide emissions and increase at a rate of 2 percent a year. This proposal would cover approximately 85 percent of U.S. GHG emissions. Representative Curbelo's proposal would reduce carbon emissions by 27–32 percent reductions in net greenhouse gas emissions levels by 2025 and 30–40 percent reductions by 2030. If enacted this legislation would put the Unites States on a path to reducing GHG emissions that would fulfil and exceed the targets set out under the Paris Climate Agreement and Clean Power Plan. 

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International, the groundbreaking "Nature Is Speaking" campaign and its series of virtual reality projects: "My Africa""Under the Canopy" and "Valen's Reef."  Follow Conservation International's work on our Human Nature blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.  


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With nearly 900 branches spanning 50 countries, Rabobank is a leading global financial provider. And like many other big banks, they’ve built a powerful financial transaction system on top of mainframes. But storing that data is only the beginning. Rabobank needs to be able to find and serve up years worth of financial data in real time to all their customers, all while maintaining PSD2 compliance. While great for transactional operations, mainframes aren’t ideal for handling complicated search requirements. And with over 10 millions customers — some with thousands of accounts — solving this problem with a mainframe can be very costly.

It was around this need for a powerful search solution that Team Fortress was created. Forming in late 2016, Team Fortress is a four person team, led by René Bouw. Their objective was to improve the delivery of payment and savings transactions for Rabobank’s customers. They did so by dramatically increasing the amount of transaction history data that customers could view and save. Before the project began, Rabobank customers were only able to retrieve transaction data from one account at a time, and only as far back as 16 months. For anything older than 16 months, customers had to go to their local branch to request an access to the data, which incurred additional charges. For the project to be considered a success, Rabobank needed customers to be able to search through all their accounts at once, as far back as 8 years. That’s a big ask for a mainframe, but not for Elasticsearch.

After running a POC using the open source Elastic Stack, Rabobank decided to purchase a commercial subscription. Indeed, while the powerful search functionality that Rabobank needed was available in open source, the security features available with a commercial subscription — like encryption (TLS) authentication and logging audit data — were essential to be compliant with the bank industry security requirements.

They developed an architecture that allowed them to pull transactional information from their mainframes into both a data store and Elasticsearch, with the Elasticsearch data being limited to 8 years of retention. This also allowed Rabobank to maintain the transactional speed of their mainframe system while also making dramatic search improvements for the users. Speed changes were noticed immediately.

“The speed is impressive according to all users we ask, including myself. Some technical people even double check the results, because 'that can't be true, that fast and accurate'. But it is.” — René Bouw, Product owner and solution architect of Team Fortress, Rabobank.

Not only is Rabobank searching faster than ever, they’re searching through more data than ever. With over 23 billion transactions spanning 80TB of data, Rabobank sees upwards of 200 events per second — over 10 million per day. And each query can span thousands of accounts, with corporate customers having over 5,000 accounts that they can now query at once. And being able to do all of this without adding any extra operations to their costly mainframes  has helped save them millions of euros per year. Today, all front-end applications use Elasticsearch for search or for aggregating payment and saving transactions.

Knowing that the Elastic Stack is also great for logging and metrics, Team Fortress also developed a monitoring solution using Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana to monitor all of the components of their data store solution. Using the Elastic Stack, they can monitor the CPU, memory usage, logs, errors messages, and more from all of the applications in their solution as well as the virtual machines running the applications. They use customised dashboards for the machines and drill-down dashboards for the applications. They also use the Elastic Stack alerting functionality to let them know about problems the moment they pop up. Said Bouw, “We have never missed an incident yet. We chose Elastic because of its resilience.”


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from the Congressional Budget Office

The federal budget deficit was $895 billion for the first 11 months of fiscal year 2018, the Congressional Budget Office estimates, $222 billion more than the shortfall recorded during the same period last year. Revenues were 1 percent higher than in the same period in fiscal year 2017, but outlays rose by about 7 percent.

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Security researchers Placebo and Kevin Beaumont have discovered a Magecart malware infection in the Feedify JavaScript library used by thousands of eCommerce websites. Feedify is customer engagement tool that boasts of reaching 1 billion devices worldwide and the Magecart malware steals credit cards. According to Bleeping Computer, another security researcher, RiskIQ's own Yonathan Klijnsma verified that the Feedify stream is still infected. RiskIQ alleges that the Magecart group is responsible for the Ticketmaster and British Airways hacks. In order to use the Feedify service, e-commerce sites need to add a Feedify JavaScript script to their site. If the Feedify script is compromised with MageCart, any visitors who go to e-commerce site that uses the Feedify script will also load the malicious code. Discussion
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The new normal is frightening.

Only two weeks after the government of Puerto Rico raised the official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975—making it the deadliest hurricane to occur last year—North and South Carolina residents are evacuating coastal areas in preparation for Hurricane Florence, which is expected to deliver winds of 130 miles per hour and be the worst hurricane to hit the Carolinas since the 1980s. Hurricanes have been pounding the southeastern U.S. for centuries, but in the era of climate change, they are becoming more frequent and more devastating.

Meteorologists are seeing an increase in the what is known as “rapid intensification,” meaning that a storm’s maximum sustained winds increase by at least 35 mph within a 24-hour period. According to data from the National Hurricane Center, there were, on average, ten cases of rapid intensification per year between 1982 and 1994—whereas between 2005 and 2017, 20 cases per year was the average. In 2017, the National Hurricane Center reported 40 cases of rapid intensification.

Meteorologists have five separate categories for hurricanes, with Category 1 being the least severe and Category 5 being the most severe. Florence appears to be reaching the Carolinas as a Category 4, but it could intensify to Category 5. And when rapid intensification—a phenomenon encouraged by climate change—occurs and a hurricane goes from Category 1 to Category 4 or 5 in less than 24 hours, there is little time to prepare.  

Here are five of the most devastating hurricanes that occurred in recent years.

1. Hurricane Katrina

In August 2015, Hurricane Katrina originated in the Bahamas before making its way to the U.S. A hurricane varies in intensity, and at its worst, Katrina became a Category 5 storm. The National Hurricane Center attributed a total of 1836 deaths to Katrina, with up to 1577 deaths in Louisiana—and the flooding was so severe in New Orleans that 80% of the city was under water.

Veteran reporter Mark Schleifstein, who covered Katrina for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, witnessed Katrina first hand and has some grim advice for residents of the Carolinas who are refusing to evacuate for Hurricane Florence: “write your Social Security number on your arm, so officials can identify your body.”

2. Hurricane Harvey

2017 was a terrible year for hurricanes, and one of the worst was Hurricane Harvey—which affected parts of Latin America (including Nicaragua and Honduras) but was especially devastating around the Texas Gulf Coast. Of the 108 deaths caused by Harvey in late August/early September 2017, 103 were in Texas. Some weather stations in Texas reported more than four feet of rain, and Houston suffered some of the worst flooding in the city’s history. 

3. Hurricane Maria

Only a few weeks after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Gulf Coast, the Caribbean was, in September 2017, pounded by Hurricane Maria—which reached Category 5 at its worst. Maria caused some deaths in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Guadalupe, but the worst damage by far occurred in Puerto Rico. Of the more than 3,050 people killed by Maria, most of the fatalities occurred in Puerto Rico—although 65 people were killed on the island of Dominica, which didn’t have time to adequately prepare thanks to rapid intensification. A year later, Puerto Rico is still recovering from Maria.

Maria is a perfect example of how bad climate change is making rapid intensification: the storm went from Category 1 to Category 5 in only about half a day.

4. Hurricane Sandy

In the U.S., hurricanes have been most likely to affect the southern states.

Floridians are more likely to experience hurricanes than residents of New Jersey or Massachusetts, but that doesn’t mean that residents of the northeastern U.S. are immune to them—not by a longshot. And in 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused billions of dollars in damage, pounding the New Jersey Shore and the coast of Maryland as well as New York City. Atlantic City was evacuated, parts of Manhattan suffered flooding, and the mass transit systems of NYC and Philadelphia (which is about 60 miles inland) were shut down.

When Kevin E. Trenberth (a senior climatologist for the National Center for Atmospheric Research) was asked whether or not Hurricane Sandy was affected by climate change, he responded that while the answer was yes, Sandy was hardly unique in that regard. In 2012, Trenberth asserted, “All weather events are affected by climate change because the environment in which they occur is warmer and moister than it used to be.”

5. Hurricane Ike

In September 2008, Hurricane Ike caused at least 195 deaths and affected a wide area ranging from Cuba, Haiti (where at least 74 deaths occurred) and the Bahamas to the Florida Panhandle, the Mississippi Coast and the Texas Gulf Coast. Altogether, Ike is believed to have caused about $38 billion in damage.

 

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David Suzuki
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My parents married during the Great Depression. After the 1929 market collapse, people had to learn to make do, help each other out and live on meagre incomes. Those times were seared into my parents' attitudes and values.

Although we were all born and raised in Canada, my family was seen as the enemy during the Second World War. Because of our Japanese ethnicity, the government confiscated our property and incarcerated us in camps deep in the Rockies. When the war ended, we were shipped to Ontario where my parents worked as farm labourers. Winters were cold and I needed a coat, which they bought with their limited resources. I was in a growth spurt and quickly outgrew it, so they passed it on to my twin sister. Half a year later, she had outgrown it so our younger sister inherited it. For years, my parents boasted, "This coat was so well-made, it lasted through three children!"

Durability was a prized attribute of clothing and other products. What's happened since? Would a child today happily wear a well-used hand-me-down? How many parents even think of passing clothing on that way?

War pulled the North American economy out of the doldrums, but as it was drawing to an end, politicians worried about how to transition a war economy to peacetime. The answer was delivered by the president's economic advisers: Get Americans to worship at the altar of consumption, they advised, so they buy things, use them and buy more. It worked. Today, 70 per cent of the American economy is based on consumer goods. And where America goes, a world enmeshed in the global economy follows.

The 1945 global population of about 2.5 billion has now exploded threefold. This huge consumer group has fed a steep rise in the global economy. To maximize consumption, businesses market products to children, seniors and sectors of the developing world. Holiday celebrations have become sales opportunities, none more than around American Thanksgiving with its Black Friday and now Cyber Monday.

Everything we consume comes from the Earth and goes back to it. Our home is the biosphere, the zone of air, water and land where all life exists. Many "resources" we exploit -- air, water, soil, trees, fish -- cleanse and replenish themselves. If we use them carefully, we can live in balance. But explosive growth in human numbers, consumption and the economy result in overexploitation and destruction, undermining the planet's life support systems.

In this critical moment when our energy decisions hold the key to our species' future, we must rethink our place in the world. That means re-examining our consumer-driven economy with its constant repetition of the need for growth.

Reflecting on the coat that "went through three kids," I wonder about the three Rs -- reduce, reuse and recycle -- that environmentalists pushed in the 1970s and '80s. Product durability means sales will dry up or at least diminish -- not a good strategy in a business cycle demanding growth as the measure of success.

In a time of environmental crisis, the most obscene word in our language is "disposable." Disposability implies that something we've finished using disappears. In the biosphere, nothing goes away or disappears. Everything ends up somewhere.

During the 1950s, the phrase "planned obsolescence" became a critical element of industrial output to ensure continued markets for everything from buildings to cars. This mentality underpins the very notion of "fashion." Clothing is something we wear to cover up and keep us warm in cold weather and cool in hot. But appealing to people's thirst for novelty clothing epitomizes disposability. Few things flaunt disregard for the environment more than proudly wearing pre-ripped jeans costing hundreds of dollars. Those jeans are a tribute to the need to push unnecessary product onto easily manipulated consumers.

The planet is overrun with an insatiable predator, humankind. As we run out of places to dump our wastes, cities are reducing the waste stream by banning disposables such as plastic dishware, cutlery and bags. This is a first step to re-examining our unsustainable ways and the need to rediscover values of frugality and thoughtfulness about our place on Earth. Let's start by teaching our children that "disposable" is a bad word.

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A new report says Auckland's ratepayers are potentially missing out on tens of millions of dollars by keeping its golf courses in public hands. Auckland Council is investigating how it can better use 12 of the city's 13 publicly owned golf courses, which collectively cover more than 500 hectares of open space and are worth about three billion dollars.
          Synchronous Motors Market to exceed $21.49 Billion by 2021      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Top Stories for Thursday 13 September 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Terminally ill cancer patients criticise Pharmac over drug cost; Cracks in coalition govt as Crown/Maori announcement disrupted; US East Coast prepares for Hurricane Florence to hit; Elation for some, fears for others over 1080 drop; 'Where do I fit in? I'm not Maori enough but I'm not white'; Auckland Council's golf courses worth billions; Elecricity prices to rise in north, drop in South.
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          Bob Woodward book: Trump thought his tariffs were boosting jobs numbers — before any tariffs were imposed      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • President Donald Trump told former economic adviser Gary Cohn that strong jobs numbers were proof his tariffs were working, according to Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House."
  • The tariffs were not yet implemented.
  • Additionally, most economists agree that Trump's tariffs will cause a net loss of US jobs.
  • Both Cohn and the White House have pushed back on Woodward's reporting.

In early 2018, Gary Cohn came into the Oval Office to show President Donald Trump the monthly jobs report. It showed another strong month for the US labor market.

"I have the most perfect job numbers you're ever going to see," Cohn told the president, according to veteran journalist Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House."

Trump was pleased with the numbers and used them as confirmation that a new policy initiative was working.

"It's all because of my tariffs," Trump said. "They're working."

But there was an issue with that logic: Trump's tariffs were not yet in place.

While Woodward is vague about the exact timing of the discussion, Cohn announced his resignation from the White House on March 6 and left for good shortly after. The first wave of Trump's tariffs, on steel and aluminum, did not take effect until March 23.

Even then, the tariffs had exemptions for major metals sources, like Canada, the European Union, and Mexico. Trump's trade war did not really heat up until June, when Trump allowed the exemptions for the allies to expire and officially announced tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods.

Cohn pushed back on Trump's assumptions about the tariffs, as well. Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive, argued that tariffs would damage the economy and hurt American workers.

According to most economic research, Trump tariffs will actually cause a net job loss. In the months since Trump's tariffs went into full effect, US small businesses have started announcing tariff-related layoffs, and job growth slowed in industries hit by the tariffs.

The exchange over tariffs is another example from Woodward's book of Cohn trying to explain economics to Trump. According to "Fear," Cohn was taken aback by Trump's lack of understanding about the federal deficit. The economic adviser also resorted to taking documents off Trump's desk to prevent the president from pulling out of major US trade deals, the book said.

Cohn released a statement on Tuesday that pushed back on Woodward's reporting but did not deny individual allegations made in "Fear."

"This book does not accurately portray my experience at the White House," Cohn told the news website Axios in a statement. "I am proud of my service in the Trump Administration, and I continue to support the President and his economic agenda."

The White House has also dismissed the book, calling Woodward's reporting "nothing more than fabricated stories."

SEE ALSO: Bob Woodward book: Gary Cohn was 'astounded at Trump's lack of basic understanding' about the federal debt

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          I quit my high-paying job to travel the world — and came back as the CEO of my own company      Cache   Translate Page      

Quit my job

  • I quit my job after 10 years of working at an aerospace brand and in finance.
  • By many measures, I had excelled in those roles — I earned great money and ran prestigious teams all over the world.
  • However, the 12-hour days and little free time became too much to bear, and I felt that life was passing me by.
  • So I quit my job to travel the world — and unexpectedly became a CEO. 

 

Ever since I was five years old, all I've ever wanted was to travel and meet people around the world. I grew up in communist Poland. The borders were closed, and passports were nearly impossible to get. Everyone around me said  I would never be able to see the world.

But I never believed it. I've always felt like a global citizen. 

Soon after communism collapsed in Poland, I put all of my drive and ambition into my education.

I came to the US, finished college in three years while working full time, graduating summa cum laude. I quickly got recruited by a multi billion-dollar global aerospace brand.

Within six months, I began leading global IT programs, creating and managing remote teams on four different continents and training thousands of members around the world from my laptop.

We accomplished amazing things, and soon new career opportunities poured in. I wanted to challenge myself and grow, so I moved to the financial industry.

I had finally made it to the VP level. Running large global programs and leading high-performance teams sounded prestigious. But each new career step was becoming more intrusive, stressful, office-bound, and time-consuming.

I spent agonizing hours in traffic getting to and from a job that was less than inspiring. My 12-hour work days were filled with spreadsheets, slide presentations, endless meetings, and canceled vacations.

Swiveling in my chair in my almost-corner office, I wondered: Is this all there is to life?

I started wondering what had happened. Where was the adventurous soul who wanted to travel the world? Now I could barely scrape together a week to get away.

Life was passing me by

Like many people I know, I was living on autopilot: finishing school, giving up the best years of my life to work, and postponing my dreams for the elusive idea of retirement. Deferring life was my norm.

Essentially, I was betting my entire life on the possibility of truly enjoying it near the end. The more I thought about it, the more the idea sounded like an irresponsible and risky gamble. There was only one option: I had to take time off to begin living — now.

Quit my job

The stakes were high — I was leaving behind my entire 10-year career and giving up the security of my income in exchange for one year of travel and living. I was scared, but the more I looked around, the more I realized that there are no guarantees in life.

We have only one life, and there is no do-over. I began to see that quitting my office job to finally live my life was not the riskiest decision — staying in my taxing job and not giving my life a chance was. So I packed my bags and bought a one-way ticket to Spain.

I traveled — and started a business

I visited over 50 countries and six continents, soaking up the sun in Bali, sipping wine in Santorini, climbing to the base camp of Mount Everest, and scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef. Travel became my new life.

Quit my job

Every time I visited a new country, I was blown away by the talented people I met — amazing people with so much untapped potential and so few opportunities. I couldn’t stand it.

I could clearly see how many of the people I met could drive innovation for top companies worldwide, if only given a chance. 

Drawing on my own remote-work experience, I quickly realized that I didn't have to give up my dream of travel and helping people around the world to accomplish my career goals.

All of a sudden, my vision was clear: Everybody deserves a chance to live up to their potential, and the flexibility of remote work can help them do it.

Quit my job.

So I created my first Facebook group for remote and travel jobs, and began working with progressive and forward-thinking employers worldwide who shared remote work opportunities daily.

Initially, there were only 100 members, but when the community reached 3,500 people, I knew this was bigger than me. These were extremely talented people from all over the world. I believed in them, and they counted on me.

So I did everything I could to help. I reached out to every employer I could to bring more remote job opportunities and I went to every meetup out there to learn more about how to create a successful business.

Eventually, I met entrepreneur Gregg Pollack, who recommended that I apply to Starter Studio, an innovative hub he created for entrepreneurs.

Quit my job

I made a few slides showing how amazing our community is. After many subsequent steps, I was accepted to the program. For the next three months, I spent every waking hour learning from top entrepreneurs how to build a successful business.

At the end of the program, Pangian, our borderless digital nation, was born.

Today, Pangian is platform powered by machine learning and AI, matching top talent around the world with high-quality, long-term remote work. We just expanded to 121 countries with top global companies and over 39,000 members united by our goal of flexible work that has meaning and fulfills us.

And this is just the beginning.

SEE ALSO: I'm a burned-out millennial who quit a high-paying 9-to-5 job to travel full time

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           Comment on Bloomington Citizens get to Fund Rent by DaxDaxterson       Cache   Translate Page      
And you know the future? Keep believing what I want? I gave you actual numbers with the fact that we as a country will spend 559 billion more than we take in 2018. We have a major category 4 hurricane ready to slam into the Southwest. The Trump administration took 10 million from FEMA budget to fund ICE. There are two more storms in the Atlantic that could turn to major storms and hit Florida or the Southeast again. Taking 10 million from FEMA is incredibly short sighted and foolish.
          Fonterra holds milk price forecast at $6.75; forecasts earnings per share of 25c-35c this year; to review investments including Beingmate; full year loss of $196 million reported      Cache   Translate Page      

By David Hargreaves

Fonterra's putting various aspects of its business - including the ill-starred investment in China's Beingmate Baby and Child Food Co - up for review after reporting an after-tax loss of $196 million for the financial year to July.

For the year ahead the dairy co-operative is sticking with its farmgate milk price forecast of $6.75 per kilogram of milk solids (which was reduced from $7 last month), while it is forecasting earnings per share for the financial year ahead of 25c-35c.

The final milk price in the year just finished was $6.69, which with a dividend of 10c (which has already been paid at the half-year mark), gives a return of $6.79.

Fonterra says it will re-evaluate all investments, major assets and partnerships to ensure they still meet the Co-operative’s needs today.

"This will involve a thorough analysis of whether they directly support the strategy, are hitting their target return on capital and whether it can scale them up and grow more value over the next two-three years.

"This will start with a strategic review of the Co-operative’s investment in Beingmate."

Last month Fonterra made a late cut to the milk price for the just finished season and slashed the dividend forecast.

Then a few days later the co-operative said it was putting the search for a new CEO on ice, and was appointing long-time Fonterra staffer Miles Hurrell as interim CEO. While the initial appointment of Hurrell described him as 'interim' CEO, all the materials released by Fonterra on Thursday, including the annual review, refer to him simply as 'CEO'. 

Theo Spierings, who stood down as CEO during the year, attracted a reasonable level of controversy regarding his salary. His total remuneration generated in 2017 was given as $8.3 million. This included short and long term incentives that would not have been paid in the 2017 financial year.

For the 2018 financial year, the annual review gives Spierings' fixed salary as just under $2.463 million (same as previous year), with 'benefits' of $103,275 (down from $242,340). Interestingly, in a year in which the business he was running lost $196 million, Spierings was granted $979,702 in 'short term incentive' payments (down from $1,182,144).

In what is much fuller disclosure of the CEO's salary this year, Fonterra says: "The STI value of the CEO’s remuneration is set at 60% of fixed remuneration if all targets are achieved. For the 2018 Financial year, the CEO realised a total STI payment of $979,702 ($1,182,144 in 2017 Financial Year). This is against a target of $1,477,680. The board has approved this STI outcome and payment will be made in October 2018."

There was no long term incentive earnings achieved in the past year.

All this means in terms of earnings, Spierings generated just under $3.546 million in the 2018 year. There's no mention of termination benefits, which would presumably be paid in the next financial year.

Monaghan has only been in the hot seat as chairman since late July, replacing John Wilson, who stood down after a health scare but whose suitability to stay in the job had been questioned after the numerous Fonterra misadventures over particularly the past 12 months.

Monaghan says at $6.75 per kgMS the forecast Farmgate Milk Price for the 2018/19 season is the third consecutive year of strong milk prices.

"That’s good for farmers and for rural economies where farmers spend 46 cents of every dollar they earn."

One of the co-operative's main priorities for the coming year is "ensuring more accurate forecasting"

Fonterra says the business "will be run on more realistic forecasts" with a clear line of sight on potential opportunities as well as the risks. It will also be clear on its assumptions, so farmers and unitholders know exactly where they stand and can make the decisions that are right for them and their businesses.

In terms of the detail of the financial performance in the past year, the net loss after tax was $196 million (compared with a profit of $745 million last year), while "normalised" earnings before interest and tax were $902 million, down 22%, the co-operative’s gearing ratio blipped up sharply from 44.3% last year to 48.4% and return on capital was 6.3%, down from 8.3%.

Fonterra's recent trim to the milk price payout for the year gone was in order to shore up the balance sheet.

CEO Miles Hurrell says Fonterra's business performance must improve.

“There’s no two ways about it, these results don’t meet the standards we need to live up to. In FY18, we did not meet the promises we made to farmers and unitholders,” says Mr Hurrell.

“At our interim results, we expected our performance to be weighted to the second half of the year. We needed to deliver an outstanding third and fourth quarter, after an extremely strong second quarter for sales and earnings – but that didn’t happen.”

Hurrell says that in addition to the previously reported $232 million payment to Danone relating to the arbitration, and $439 million write down on Fonterra’s Beingmate investment, there were four main reasons for the Co-operative’s poor earnings performance.

“First, forecasting is never easy but ours proved to be too optimistic.

"Second, butter prices didn’t come down as we anticipated, which impacted our sales volumes and margins.

"Third, the increase in the forecast Farmgate Milk Price late in the season, while good for farmers, put pressure on our margins.

"And fourth, operating expenses were up in some parts of the business and, while this was planned, it was also based on delivering higher earnings than we achieved. 

“Even allowing for the payment to Danone and the write down on Beingmate, which collectively account for 3.2% of the increase in the gearing ratio, our performance is still down on last year.”

Monaghan says Fonterra is being clear with farmers and unitholders on what it will take for the co-operative to achieve the forecast earnings guidance.

“For the first time we are sharing some business unit specific forecasts. Among others, these see the Ingredients and Consumer and Foodservice businesses achieving an EBIT of between $850 million and $950 million, and between $540 million and $590 million, respectively.”

“FY19 is about lifting the performance of our co-operative.

“We are taking a close look at the Co-operative’s current portfolio and direction to see where change is needed to do things faster, reduce costs and deliver higher returns on our capital investments.

“This includes an assessment of all of the Co-operative’s investments, major assets and partnerships against our strategy and target return on capital.

“You can expect to see strict discipline around cost control and respect for farmers’ and unitholders’ invested capital. That’s our priority.”

Here's the financial highlights as given by Fonterra:

• Total Cash Payout for 2017/18 season: $6.79 
o Farmgate Milk Price $6.69 per kgMS 
o Dividend of 10 cents per share 
• New Zealand milk collections: 1,505 million kgMS, down 1% 
• Sales volumes: 22.2 billion Liquid Milk Equivalents (LME), down 3% 
• Normalised sales revenue: $20.4 billion, up 6% 
• Net loss after tax: $196 million 
• Normalised EBIT: $902 million, down 22% 
• Normalised gross margin: 15.4%, down from 16.9% 
• Return on capital: 6.3%, down from 8.3% 
• Normalised earnings per share: 24 cents 
• Gearing ratio: 48.4%, up from 44.3% 
• FY19 forecast Farmgate Milk Price: $6.75 per kgMS 
• FY19 forecast earnings per share range: 25-35 cents

 See here for the full dairy industry payout history. 


           Comment on Bloomington Citizens get to Fund Rent by DaxDaxterson       Cache   Translate Page      
And your demeaning of Obama is sad. He's not president. Trump has been in office 14 months and added 1 trillion to debt. This country will spend $559 billion more than we take in under Trump. So no, spending is not "decreasing" not by a long shot. Actually, TARP laws passed BEFORE Obama took office, not after. Obama "prolonged" the recession? What, he wasn't working fast enough to get us out of the worst recession since 1929? That's rich. The fact that we were adding jobs at a very fast clip at the end of his administration belies your contention. "Overall, Obama took over a jobs market in crisis and ended up growing the labor market better than most of the modern US presidents." Business Insider Jan. 6 2017.
          See How Much You Know About U.S. Foreign Aid      Cache   Translate Page      
At more than $40 billion per year, foreign aid constitutes one of the chief elements of U.S.

          Head of Russian bank warns customers they may not get dollars back      Cache   Translate Page      

By Annmarie Hordern and Jake Rudnitsky
Bloomberg News
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Russians with bank accounts in dollars may find they can only make withdrawals in other currencies if new sanctions proposed by U.S. lawmakers take effect.

"I am sure that all the clients of all banks should receive their money back. That's the principal approach," VTB Group Chief Executive Officer Andrey Kostin said today. "How, in which currency, is a different story."

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          Google is pulling the plug on its experimental Inbox email app      Cache   Translate Page      
Google has been in kind of a weird position for a little while now relative to email, what with its popular Gmail app and the much newer Inbox app that was launched in 2014 as a kind of playground for Google. A playground to try out all sorts of new features by way of helping people gey their cluttered inboxes under control, from smart replies to automatically grouping emails of certain kinds together. Today (very predictably, we would argue) Gmail product manager Matthew Izatt announced via a blog post that Google is sunsetting the more experimental Inbox app and bringing over things the company has learned to the main Gmail app. An announcement that, we should note, also comes just a few months after Google released an all-new feature-packed Gmail app earlier this year. "Inbox by Gmail has been a great place to experiment with new ideas like snoozing emails to later, as well as try the latest AI-powered experiences like Smart Reply, Nudges and high-priority notifications to help you stay productive," Izatt writes. "Four years after launching Inbox in 2014, we've learned a lot about how to make email better -- and we’ve taken popular Inbox experiences and added them into Gmail to help more than a billion people get more done with their emails everyday. "As we look to the future, we want to take a more focused approach that will help us bring the best email experience to everyone. As a result, we’re planning to focus solely on Gmail and say goodbye to Inbox by Gmail at the end of March 2019." The souped-up version of Gmail that was released in April included some features familiar to Inbox users as well as newer goodies like "Smart Compose," which helps users whip out emails faster. According to a transition guide Google has prepared to help Inbox users migrate over to the new Gmail app, the company says popular Inbox features that have been added to Gmail include the ability to snooze emails, which lets you postpone emails to a future date or time. Gmail also now occasionally moves old emails up to the top of your inbox stack with a nudge to you to see if you want to follow-up, reminding you that, for example, it's been a certain number of days since you received this email. Smart replies also provide you with suggested phrases so that you can quickly tap on them and send an email reply in seconds, and thanks to hover actions, on your computer you can point to emails in your inbox and quickly take action, like archiving or marking them as read, without actually opening the email. Mark today down as the day Google got to announce it's killing the Inbox. If only Google, if only.
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          Rebuilding of Ground Zero Transit Infrastructure Completed with Station Reopening      Cache   Translate Page      

A downtown 1 train pulls into the newly-opened WTC Cortlandt subway station in New York on Saturday evening, Sept. 8, 2018. The old Cortlandt Street station on the subway system's No. 1 line was buried under the rubble of the World Trade Center's twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Construction of the new station was delayed until the rebuilding of the surrounding towers was well under way. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

Our weekly “New Starts” roundup of new and newsworthy transportation projects worldwide.

Cortlandt Street Reopens, Completing World Trade Center (WTC) Transit Reconstruction

Just in time for the 17th anniversary of the attack that destroyed it, the New York subway station directly beneath the Twin Towers reopened for service Sept. 8.

Known then simply as Cortlandt Street, the new station is named WTC Cortlandt to commemorate the site and connect the station to its restoration.

Global Rail News, in its report on the reopening, quotes New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairperson Joseph Lhota as saying, “WTC Cortlandt is more than a new subway station. It is symbolic of New Yorkers’ resolve in restoring and substantially improving the entire World Trade Center site.”

The new station, which was constructed in a shell finished for the purpose when the MTA rebuilt the No. 1 subway line tunnel that passes through it, is decorated with passages from the Declaration of Independence and other celebrated documents that, when read vertically, reveal words emphasizing human rights and dignity.

The New York Times reported on the artwork when station reconstruction began in 2015. Its report on the reopening itself included some commentary on how infrastructure projects in New York can get hamstrung by the demands of multiple overlapping agencies. Even though the MTA reopened the subway tunnel in fairly short order, it could not begin rebuilding the station itself until the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the World Trade Center, finished work around the station site in 2015.

Metro Line to Connect Shanghai, Suzhou Systems

The metro systems in the Chinese cities of Shanghai and Suzhou will become one sometime around the start of 2024, when a new 41.3-kilometer (25.7-mile) subway line connecting the two opens.

Metro Report International reports that China’s National Development and Reform Commission gave the go-ahead for the line’s construction Sept. 6, after the city of Suzhou signed off on it Aug. 28. The line, dubbed Line S1, will have 28 stations, five of them interchanges, all of them underground. It will run from the eastern end of Suzhou’s under-construction Line 3 at Weiting southeast to the western terminus of Line 11 of the Shanghai metro at Huaqiao.

Construction will begin late this year, with a projected completion date of late 2023 or early 2024. The project’s total estimated cost is 27.4 billion yuan (US$3.99 billion).

Ottawa Postpones Confederation Line Opening

Railway Track & Structures reports that officials in the city of Ottawa say they won’t be able to open the new Confederation Line light rail route on Nov. 30 as originally scheduled. At a Nov. 10 meeting of the city’s Finance and Economic Development Committee, staff announced that the line will most likely open in early 2019.

The delay comes at the request of the Rideau Transit Group, which is building the line. The company asked for carveouts in the agreement that called for the Nov. 30 completion date. The largest one concerns the underground Rideau Station, near the line’s midpoint. City staff told the committee that the station still needed significant construction and mechanical work.

Work on the rest of the 7.7-mile, 13-station light rail line is progressing as planned, according to the report. The delay will also allow for operational testing of the entire route.

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          London’s Super Sewer      Cache   Translate Page      

Many people say that Londoners are full of it.  This may or may not be true but there is one certainty – when they let it go (as it were) it has to go somewhere.  In Victorian days the smell from the river became so pungent that our Members of Parliament couldn’t stand the stench (one might, perhaps, argue there was a little yin-yang going on there).

It was time for change then and it's time for change now. The folks at Thames Tideway have just released the video above.  In it, real Londoners talk about the new ‘super sewer’ that is being built below the streets of England’s capital city.  It is costing a huge £4.2 billion from the start of the project in 2014 to its end in 2023. That's quite a while.  Yet Rome was not built in a day, as they say, and – for sure – a city the size of London needs serious stuff going on underneath in order for day to day life to carry on pong-free up top.

This is, then, a huge feat of engineering which is needed because although the Victorians solved the problem back in the 1850s, times and populations change.  Where we think they may have solved the problem permanently, there are still huge issues. Even now, the Thames still needs clearing up and raw sewage is going in to river at (what you might think is) an alarming rate (and you would be right).  Each year 8 billion toilet flushes go straight in to the Thames.

Big issues lead to big solutions. The project is vast – anything that takes almost a decade will be by sheer definition.  Yet we can all get our heads around the whole thing with some interesting visuals and a narration to accompany them by contemporary denizens of Hackney, Southwark and the Southbank.

So if you live in London and have noticed building sites pooping, sorry, popping up along the river without any tall buildings to accompany them, then you can probably assume that the real work is going on underground.  Thames Tideway (perhaps should be Tide-away) are going to make sure, with this massive investment, that The Great Stink of 1858 does not get a sequel in the twenty first century.  Sequels are never as good as the original, anyway, but in this case it’s one we really don’t want at any cost...

Take a look at the video above.  The scale is epic but it reflects a vision for a city which will be with us in five years.


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          Reddit Just Banned a Bunch of the Message Boards Where the QAnon Conspiracy Theory Festers      Cache   Translate Page      

The bizarre QAnon conspiracy theory that has captured the imagination (and apparel budget) of some reality-challenged Trump supporters is starting to lose its footing. On Wednesday afternoon, Reddit shut down /r/greatawakening, the main subreddit used by Q followers to piece together clues, or “breadcrumbs,” left by the strange internet prophet they follow. At the time the board was closed, it boasted more than 54,000 followers, or “patriots” in Q speak. At least six other Q subreddits were also banned on Wednesday, including /r/QProofs, /r/QAnon_Serious, /r/The_GreatAwakening, /r/biblicalQ, and /r/thestorm, and others.

Since October 2017, a mysterious online character who goes by the name Q has been posting strange missives to 4chan, the notorious and shady message board where many of the most insidious memes and harassment campaigns on the web are hatched, detailing a plot from within the White House to overthrow a cabal of global elites. According to Q, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is actually working on behalf of Trump to expose a conspiracy and pedophile ring from within the Democratic Party. Q’s posts come in the form of lyrical, disjointed warnings, clues, and questions. On Tuesday, for example, Q posted: “Rats running. Timing is everything. Enjoy the show.”

Though it’s still not clear who Q is, and whether the strange online personality has a particular agenda behind attracting thousands of diehard fans, what is clear is that the conspiracy theory is largely dependent on its online community. And Reddit, in particular the Great Awakening board, has been one of the main trading posts for piecing together Q’s clues and for drumming up support and solidarity among the conspiracy theory’s followers. A spokesperson from Reddit confirmed the shuttering to Slate in an email, noting that, “as of September 12, r/greatawakening has been banned due to repeated violations of the terms of our content policy.” Reddit prohibits activity that “incites violence, disseminates personal information, or harasses,” which can result in a user or a whole community in getting banned, the spokesperson said.

Reddit banned another Q-related message board in March for “content that encourages or incites violence and the posting of personal and confidential information” a Reddit spokesperson told the Daily Dot at the time. On Tuesday, the website banned three other message boards associated with the fringe right—/r/milliondollarextreme,  /r/milliondollarextreme2, and /r/billionshekelsupreme—according to Buzzfeed.
The /r/milliondollarextreme community was reportedly home to racist, anti-Semitic, and transphobic postings and had tens of thousands of followers.

More of the Q conversation may now port over to Facebook, where one of the largest communities has courted more than 49,000 members. But the big difference between Facebook and Reddit is that on Reddit users can be anonymous. Facebook has a real name policy, which, while possible to circumvent, makes discussing something as implausible and revisionist as Q with any sincerity a riskier endeavor in the case one’s friends or coworkers see the activity.

Q adherents don’t seem too bent out of shape about the removal of one of their main boards. On another subreddit dedicated to the discussion of banned boards, some Q enthusiasts seem to think that this is all part of the plan: “Q was talking about some BIG THING happening soon, yesterday. Guess he was off by a day. Q KNEW, THOUGH, THAT PROVES HE’S REAL AND THAT MEANS THE DEEP STATE PEDOPHILE CABAL IS REAL!”


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On Wednesday, Apple held a product launch event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California. Along with a sneak peak at the Apple Watch Series 4, CEO Tim Cook and his deputies unveiled three new smartphones: the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR.

The XS and XS Max are the higher-end models, while the XR is a (sort of) budget option. A bevy of rumors and leaks had been swirling around the yet-to-be-released devices over the past few weeks, and Apple’s launch event now gives us a clearer sense of their specs and features.

Here’s a rundown of what we know about the new iPhones:

iPhone XS

Price: $999

Release Date: September 21

Screen: 5.8 inches, OLED display

Capacity: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB

Colors: Silver, Gold, Space Gray

Features: The XS has a 7-megapixel front-facing camera and a dual 12-megapixel wide-angle camera with telephoto lenses that features a host of new photo-editing capabilities, such as a depth-of-field adjuster.

Its A12 Bionic chip is supposed to allow the phone to process 5 trillion operations per second—the A11 in the iPhone X could only handle 600 billion. The dramatic increase in processing power enables the device to run better graphics, faster Face ID functionality, and more sophisticated augmented reality apps.

During the event, developers showed off a basketball app that can sense whether or not a player has made a shot just by using the camera. The XS also can also host a physical SIM and an eSIM, which allows people to access two different lines on the same phone. Like the Galaxy Note phones, the iPhone XS now also has an IP rating of 68, which means that it can still function after being dropped in a pool or splashed by orange juice. Its battery life is 30 minutes longer than that of the iPhone X.

iPhone XS Max

Price: $1099

Release Date: September 21

Screen: 6.5 inches, OLED

Capacity: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB

Colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold

Features: The XS Max has all the same camera and processing doodads as the XS. The main differences between the two are the size and the battery life. For $100 more, the XS Max’s screen is .7 inches bigger and can run an hour longer on a single charge than the XS.

iPhone XR

Price: $749

Release Date: October 26

Screen: 6.1 inches, LCD

Capacity: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

Colors: Black, Yellow, Coral, Blue, White, Red

Features: The XR is supposed to be the slightly more affordable version of the XS models. It has the same A12 Bionic chip (thus more sophisticated Face ID and augmented reality apps) and dual SIM capabilities.

However, it only has a single rear-facing camera and lacks 3D touch, a feature in other iPhone models that can sense how deeply a user is pressing the screen. And, rather than the XS’s stainless steel frame, the XR instead has an aluminum one. Its battery life is an hour and a half more than that of an iPhone 8.


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          Armageddon Rides in the Balance      Cache   Translate Page      
SUBHEAD: Never before have irrationality and immorality had such a firm hold on the US government.

By Paul Craig Roberts on 10 September 2018 for PaulCraigRoberts.org -
(https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/09/10/armageddon-rides-in-the-balance/)


Image above: Many in this world inhabit Armageddon already. Damaged buildings are seen at the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, Syria. April 28, 2018. Photo by Omar Sanadiki. From (https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/syria-regime-and-rebels-agree-evacuation-deal-in-southern-damascus-1.725770).

IB Publisher's note: Yes Paul Craig Roberts is a nutcake. He is a Ronald Reagan Republican economist who sees clearly, but through a deeply colored filter. None the less, he does have an inkling of the dichotomy between the "Left" and the "Right". The "Left" with elements of the "Deep State" (intelligence complex, CIA, NSA, State Department, etc) and the "Right" with elements of the "Military-Industrial Complex" (Pentagon, Defense contractors, Mercenary operations, ICE, etc.). Both aspects of our government are hurtling towards a more repressive and garrulous America. As these aggressive and regressive forces gain influence, woe is us. America will conduct more war and experience more repression.] 

For some time I have pointed out the paradox of the American liberal/progressive/left being allied with the CIA, FBI, military/security complex and deep state. Now leftist Ann Garrison has noticed the paradox of this alliance. She concludes that the Left has lost its mind. https://www.globalresearch.ca/we-love-the-cia-or-how-the-left-lost-its-mind/5653450

Indeed, it has.

Out of its hatred of Trump the Left has united with the forces of evil and war that are leading to conflict with Russia. The Left’s hatred of Trump shows that the American Left has totally seperated from the interests of the working class, which elected Trump.

The American Left has abandoned the working class for the group victimizations and hatreds of Identity Politics. As Hillary put it, the working class comprises the “Trump deplorables.” The Democratic Party, like the Republicans, represents the ruling oligarchy.

I have explained that the leftwing lost its bearings when the Soviet Union collapsed and socialism gave way to neoliberal privatizations.

The moral fury of the leftwing movement had to go somewhere, and it found its home in Identity Politics in which the white heterosexual male takes the place of the capitalist, and his victim groups—blacks, women, homosexuals, illegal immigrants—take the place of the working class.

The consequences of the leftwing’s alliance with warmongers and liars is the leftwing’s loss of veracity. The Left has endorsed a CIA orchestration—“Russiagate”—for which there is no known evidence, but which the Left supports as proven truth.

The purpose of “Russiagate” is to prevent President Trump from normalizing relations with Russia. In these times when so many Americans are hard pressed, normal relations could adversely impact the budget and power of the military/security complex by reducing the “Russian threat.”

If there is no real Russian threat, only an orchestrated perceived one, the question arises: why does the military/security complex have a taxpayer-supported annual budget of $1,000 billion dollars?

The presstitutes have kept the truth from emerging that the “Russiagate” investigation has found no sign of a Trump/Putin plot to steal the 2016 presidential election from Hillary.

Indeed, it has been proven beyond all questioning that the Hillary emails were not hacked but were downloaded on a thumb drive. This proof collapses the entire premise of “Russiagate.”
Nevertheless, the hoax continues.

Muller’s indictments are for unrelated matters, such as income tax evasion in the distant past of Republican fund raisers and consultants. These charges have nothing whatsoever to do with Mueller’s mandate.

Indeed, as Andrew C. McCarthy, a former US attorney who led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, has made clear, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of Mueller to head the “Russiagate” investigation is not in compliance with the regulations that govern the appointment of a special prosecutor.

The appointment of a special prosecutor requires evidence of a specific federal crime that is to be investigated. You only have a special prosecutor when there is factual basis for believing that a federal crime has been committed.

What is the federal crime? What is the factual basis? Mueller’s appointment does not say. Therefore, Mueller’s appointment is invalid. Rosenstein has violated the process.

In my opinion, this is grounds for Rosenstein to be removed from office. https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/09/trump-russia-probe-robert-mueller-investigation/

At one time, Congress—both parties—would have been all over the invalid Mueller appointment.

However, after 16 years of Cheney/Bush and Obama regime lawlessness, even Republicans accept that the Constitution’s restraints on executive branch power, along with the laws and regulations Congress has established specifying the exercise of these powers, have been rendered meaningless by the “war on terror,” a hoax designed to further Israel’s interests in the Middle East and the neoonservative doctrine of US hegemony, while making billions of dollars for the military/security complex.

Charlie Savage’s book, Takeover, and David Ray Griffin’s book, Bush and Cheney: How They Ruined America and the World, accurately document how 9/11 was used to destroy the Constitution’s balance of power within the government and to create unaccountable executive branch powers that over-ride the Constitution’s protection of civil liberty.

This demand for an unaccountable executive branch, pushed by VP—actually President in fact—Dick Cheney and his minions, such as Addington and John Yoo, was the agenda of the Republican Federalist Society.

An early book laying out the legally invalid and legally incompetent argument that the president had powers unchecked by Congress or the judiciary was Terry Eastland’s book, Energy in the Executive.

This collection of nonsense became Cheney’s bible as he proceeded in secret to remove constraints on executive branch power. The elevation of the executive branch above the law of the land is documented in Charlie Savage’s book. Read it and weep for your country destroyed by Dick Cheney.

On top of Cheney’s coup against accountable government, we have in America today another coup, organized by former CIA director John Brennan, former FBI director Comey, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, the Democratic National Committee, the departed Republican senator John McCain, a coup fully supported by the entirety of the US presstitute media.

This coup is against the democratically elected President of the United States for the sole reason that he threatens the power and profit of the entrenched military/security complex, about which President Eisenhower warned us 57 years ago, by wanting to normalize relations with Russia, the world’s premier nuclear power.

The question is unavoidable: Why do the American people put up with this? Are they so insouciant that they have no realization that, if a president can be driven from office because he wants peace with Russia, the removed president’s successor will have to stand against Russia or also be driven from office. Trust and negotiation between the nuclear powers becomes impossible.

Why do Americans support conflict with a nuclear power that can completely destroy America?

During the entirety of the Cold War, in which I was a participant, the emphasis was on reducing tensions and creating trust. Today Washington’s interest is piling provocation after provocation on a country that can wipe us off the face of the earth.

The liberal/progressive/left, the Democratic National Committee, the CIA and the rest of the covert state, and the media whores all share this same commitment to the reckless and irresponsible provocation of a powerful nuclear power. As the US military itself acknowledges, Russia’s weapons are far beyond America’s defenses.

So what is going on? Is it the liberal/progressive/left’s desire that evil America be destroyed? Is this desired destruction of evil America the reason the Left has allied itself so tightly with the warmongers in Washington?

Is this the reason that the Left and the Democrats and a handful of Republicans want to impeach President Trump for attempting to make peace with Russia?

How can these crazed immoral people present themselves as some sort of moral arbiter when they are locked on a trajectory that will destroy Earth?

This destruction might be closer than anyone thinks. Here is the situation in Syria:

Russia and Syria, in cooperation with Iran and Turkey, have begun the assult on Iblid province, the last stronghold of Washington’s proxy army consisting of Al Qaeda, Al Nursra, and ISIS mercenaries hired by Washington.

According to reports, which might or might not be true considering the lack of veracity that is the defining characteristic of the Western media, the US and UK have troops among the mercenary forces, hoping apparently that this presence will deter the attack. As the attack has already begun, this is a false hope.

The Russians discovered Washington’s plot to explode a chemical weapon in Iblid province and exposed Washington’s plot to the UN. Washington had it set up that once its proxies created the appearance of a chemical weapon explosion, Washington would send Tomahawk missiles upon the Syrian forces, thus protecting its proxy army that it sent to overthrow Assad for Israel.

The Russian exposure of Washington’s conspiracy has denied Washington UN support. Moreover, Russia has sent a naval force armed with the new Russian hypersonic missiles to Syria and has announced that its aircraft in the area are also armed with these missiles.

As the US Navy and Air Force have no defense whatsoever against these missiles, if the US attacks the Syrian/Russian forces, it will be Putin’s decision whether any US ship or military aircraft in the area exists as anything but a smoldering ruin.

In other words, the entire power in the area lies in Russian hands. If Washington had any sense—and it doesn’t, Washington has hubris and arrogance in the place of sense—Washington would be nowhere close to Syria.

The question is this: Will the hotheads in Washington conclude that the Russian announcements and marshalling of forces is “just another Putin bluff.”

So far Putin has been loaded up with never-ending insults and provocation— blame for the crash of the Malaysian airliner, blame for poisoning a variety of people in England, blame for invading Ukraine, blame for interfering in US elections, blame for supporting the “dictator” Assad, a person democratically elected by a large vote who obviously has the support of the Syrian people as he liberates Syria from the forces Washington sent to put the country into the same chaos that exists in Iraq and Libya.

Have we reached the situation about which I have been worried, worries shared with my readers, in which Washington makes the miscalculation, based on the incorrect understanding of Russia’s resolve, to launch an attack on the Syrian/Russian forces that have begun the final liberation of Syria from Washington’s paid mercenaries?

Yesterday the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity sent a letter to President Trump advising him of the war danger that the Trump administration has created by its continued illegal interference in Syria’s internal affairs. https://www.globalresearch.ca/moscow-has-upped-the-ante-in-syria/5653571

The Russian government cannot accept Washington’s military intervention in behalf of Al Qaeda, Al Nursa, and ISIS without completely losing all credibility, not only in the world, but inside Russia itself.

A realistic alternative to military action would be for Washington to stand aside as Syria reconstitutes itself and use a propaganda war to blame Syria and Russia for civilian deaths and for destroying “democratic rebels” who rose against a “dictator.”

The fear could be expanded to the Baltics and Ukraine by reviving the propaganda that Putin intends to reconstruct the Soviet Empire.

Washington has long used an expertly manufactured fear of Russia to control Europe. Fear can keep Europe in line, whereas military action against Russia could scare Europe into taking refuge in a revival of its sovereignty.

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported: “President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has approved the use of chlorine gas in an offensive against the country’s last major rebel stronghold, U.S. officials said, raising the prospects for another retaliatory U.S. military strike as thousands try to escape what could be a decisive battle in the seven-year-old war.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the US strikes could target Russian and Iranian forces as well as Syrian forces.

It is difficult to believe that Washington thinks attacks on Russian forces would go unanswered. Such a reckless and irresponsible act could initiate Armageddon.

The claim that Assad has approved the use of chlorine gas in the liberation of Iblid is propagandistic nonsense put out by Washington as an excuse for Washington’s effort to protect its proxy army in Syria with military strikes.

All Syrian chemical weapons were removed by Russia and turned over to the US during the Obama regime. Moreover, Russia would not permit Assad to use chemical weapons if he had them.

Life on earth is faced with a situation in which Washington is so determined to overthrow Assad and to leave Syria in the same chaos as Libya and Iraq that Washington is willing to risk war with Russia.

Never before have irrationality and immorality had such a firm hold on a government. The world should be scared to death of the recklessness and irresponsibility of the US government.

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U.S. insurers are bracing for what could be $20 billion in losses as Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Carolinas and Virginia, bringing punishing rains and potentially deadly flooding. Reported by Newsmax 2 hours ago.
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Labor unions and social groups blocked streets in downtown Buenos Aires on Wednesday, with more marches planned over the days ahead over   austerity measures proposed by the government and backed by the International Monetary Fund. Protesters are angry about the belt-tightening policies, which are cutting services to low-income Argentines already walloped by inflation of 31 percent and climbing. But Argentine leader Mauricio Macri says he needs to carry out such measures to regain investors' confidence by reducing the country's fiscal deficit. The outlook for Latin America's third biggest economy is grim, according to orthodox and left-leaning economists alike. Planned cuts to public utility subsidies, forcing Argentines to pay more for transportation and electricity, are expected to keep upward pressure on consumer prices for the rest of 2018. "The day to day uncertainty is getting worse," said protester Gabriela Gil, a 49-year-old mother of five. The year will close with inflation at more than 40 percent, according to economists' forecasts. Hardest hit are low-income families that spend a high proportion of their income on food. "The poorest people in the country are on the verge of hunger," said Daniel Menendez, a spokesman for Barrios de Pie, one of the groups that helped organized the march. Fiscal medicine Measures aimed at taming inflation, like the central bank's 60 percent monetary policy rate, have helped push the economy into recession by choking off credit. Stimulus spending that might pep up the economy would dash Macri's promise of bringing the primary fiscal deficit to zero next year. The previous 2019 deficit target was 1.3 percent of gross domestic product. Economy Minister Nicolas Dujovne said earlier this month that it was weakness on the country's "fiscal flank" that prompted a run on the peso in August. The currency fell 26 percent last month alone and has lost more than half its value so far in 2018. On Tuesday, the peso wobbled 1.4 percent lower to close at 38.5 per dollar. Having signed a $50 billion standby financing deal with the IMF in June, the slide in the peso prompted Macri's administration to pledge deeper spending cuts to secure an early release of funds. The revamped fiscal targets are being hammered out in Washington and will be part of the 2019 budget bill that Macri is expected to send to Congress over the days ahead. "What we are seeing in asset prices in Argentina is that people are not giving them the benefit of the doubt," Daniel Osorio, president of New York-based consultancy Andean Capital Advisors, said in a telephone interview. With investors demanding that the government stand by its budget-cutting program, some economists say the bitter fiscal medicine called for by the IMF might prove worse than the recession and high inflation that are already ailing Argentina. "The financial markets have closed for the country. Argentina's government is responding by attempting a much more drastic fiscal adjustment," said Martin Guzman, an economist at Columbia University Business School. "My view is that such a measure will lead to another recession in 2019."
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(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 14, 2018 ) The report "CT Scanner Market by Type (Stationary, Portable), Architecture (C-arm, O-arm), Technology (High, Mid, Low Slice, CBCT), Application (Human, Veterinary, Research), End User (Hospital, Diagnostic Center, Research, Veterinary Clinic) - Global Forecast...
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Tests showed that E.coli bacteria were behind the deaths of two British tourists in a hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada, the country's chief prosecutor said Wednesday. The statement by prosecutor Nabil Sadek came a week after travel company Thomas Cook said that there was a "high level of E.coli and staphylococcus bacteria'' at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel where John and Susan Cooper died Aug. 21 after falling ill in their room in the five-star hotel. Forensic tests showed that John Cooper, 69, suffered acute intestinal dysentery caused by E.coli, and Susan Cooper, 64, suffered Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), most likely because of E.coli, Sadek said. He said that tests also showed no links between the couple's deaths and the spraying of their neighboring room with lambda-cyhalothrin 5 percent. The insecticide is safe to use, according to the statement. The couple's bodies showed "no criminal violence'' and other tests showed no toxic or harmful gas emissions or leaks in their room. Tests on air and water at the hotel found nothing unusual, the statement said. There was not an immediate comment from the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel. Thomas Cook, meanwhile, said it needed time for its own experts to review the prosecutor's statement. Criminal motives rejected Egyptian authorities in August dismissed criminal motives as being behind the deaths. They said an initial medical examination of John Cooper showed he had suffered acute circulatory collapse and a sudden cardiac arrest. They also said Susan Cooper was later rushed to a hospital after fainting and underwent resuscitation attempts for 30 minutes but died. The Coopers' deaths last week prompted Thomas Cook to evacuate its 301 customers from the hotel as a "precautionary measure.'' Egypt's vital tourism industry has been dealt a severe blow by political turmoil that ensued after a 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. A 2015 Islamic State bombing of a Russian passenger plane over the Sinai Peninsula, which killed all 224 people on board, was among several incidents that led to the decimation of the country's multibillion-dollar tourism industry. Russia subsequently imposed a two-year ban on all flights to Egypt. Earlier this year, Russian flights to Cairo resumed, but flights to resort cities have yet to be decided upon. Britain, another major source of visitors to Egypt, also suspended flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, the popular Red Sea resort in Sinai from which the doomed Russian airliner took off shortly before it crashed. The government has gone to great lengths to bolster the sector by launching tourism campaigns, touting new archaeological discoveries, boosting security around historical sites and stepping up security at airports.
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(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 13, 2018 ) According to Verified Market Intelligence, the global advanced visualization market was valued at USD 1.76 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 4.43 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 10.8% from 2016 to 2025. Advanced visualization mainly comprises...
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(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 13, 2018 ) According to Verified Market Intelligence, the global ambulatory EHR market was valued at USD 3.89 billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 6.35 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 5.6% from 2016 to 2025. Ambulatory EHR are the systems which help the...
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Apparently, due to the ever increasing severity of storms in the Gulf Coast region which can largely be tied back to aiding in the consequences of climate change, a $12 billion dollar ask for public dollars by the state of Texas to reinforce the Texas Gulf Coast is on the table ... to protect big Texas oil refineries ... which helped cause global warming in the first place.

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          Mark Cuban: Business is the Ultimate Sport      Cache   Translate Page      

Mark sold his first company at age 29, his second one at age 39 for $5.7 Billion, he is the outspoken owner of Dallas Mavericks, he owns Magnolia Pictures, and is the star of ABC’s Shark Tank.

In this episode, Mark shares some stories that are not widely known. We really get into what makes Mark tick and why he is different than a lot of other entrepreneurs. He has some controversial opinions as you might imagine, but it’s in this controversy that you’ll be able to learn how he’s winning at what he calls the ultimate sport: business.

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          What's the deal with CA Prop 5?      Cache   Translate Page      

What’s the Deal with Prop 5?

 

Imagine that you’re over 55 years old and you are in a place in life where you are no longer able to tackle your day-to-day career, landing you in a corner without a fixed income or a substantial livelihood. Or maybe a disability is limiting your day-to-day tasks as well as any job opportunities. Now imagine you've been living in the same house for the last 20 years. You don’t have any family nearby, and your home is becoming increasingly harder to live in because of accessibility, neighborhood activity, and there’s nobody around to help. BUT you can’t move because you cant afford any increase from the current taxable value of your home, leaving you with no options but to stay in the corner in which you reside. Prop 5 has been put in place to give an open door to homeowners that are over 55 or the severely disabled. But like all legislation, there are two sides to every story…

 

Now imagine you have a young family in a small apartment. You are working full-time to support your family, while putting money aside to provide them a better living situation in the future. Or maybe you work in public services as a cop, firefighter, teacher, health care professional, etc and you’ve seen first hand what happens when there is a revenue loss at the local level and how it affects those fighting fires, teaching our kids, and providing health care to those who can barely afford it. What will happen to house prices if Prop 5 passes? What will happen to our public services after hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue are cut? We are here to give you a transparent lens about who benefits from Prop 5 and how it affects current and soon to be homeowners.

 

 

How does this affect new homeowners?

 

Gerald G. Wilson, board member of the Middle Class Taxpayers Association, Shamus Roller, executive director of the National Housing Law Project, and Gary Passmore, president of the Congress of California Seniors, wrote the official statement found in the state voter information guide in opposition to Proposition 5: “We urge a NO on Prop. 5 for one simple reason. We have a terrible affordable-housing crisis in California, and Prop. 5 will do NOTHING to make this crisis better.” In short what that means is California can’t support its growing population which in return hikes up the overall house prices. And with 52% of Californians spending 30% or more on rent (highest rate in the nation), more and more people don’t have the option to rent either, leaving them with no other choice but to relocate entirely.

 

 

 

Who benefits from Proposition 5?

 

Steve White, president of the California Association of Realtors, said: “Many seniors live in homes that no longer fit their needs because their homes are now too big or too far away from their families. If they want to downsize or move closer to their children, they could face property tax increases of 100 percent, 200 percent or even 300 percent.” The reality is that we have elderly and disabled citizens that are stuck in circumstances that they cannot change. Statistics show that almost three-quarters of homeowners 55 and older haven’t moved since 2000. This proposition will help this demographic and then some. 

 

However we can’t forget how this benefits seniors who aren’t suffering, who could take advantage of this tax break this for personal gain. If Prop 5 is passed, a homeowner over 55 can use their tax break to keep buying more expensive houses, over and over, anywhere in California. Meanwhile, younger, first-time home buyers with less income will face higher housing prices, and renters will have an even harder time becoming homeowners. This will give a huge tax break to already wealthy Americans.

 

Everything you need to know about Prop 5?

Prop 5 would amend Proposition 13 which currently allows homeowners over the age of 55 to transfer the taxable value of their present home to a replacement home, assuming the replacement home was of equal or lesser value, located within the same county, and purchased within two years of selling the original home. Unlike Prop 13, Prop 5 would ultimately remove similar replacement-value and location requirements.

 

In summary, here is what you need to know about Prop 5:

 

  • It will empower severely disabled people stuck in inadequate homes for tax-related financial reasons.

 

  • Annual property tax losses for cities, counties, and special districts of around $150 million in the near term, growing over time to $1 billion or more per year

 

  • It will eliminates the existing “moving penalty” in order to protect seniors (55+) and severely disabled people who want to move to safer, more practical homes or closer to their families

 

  • It will give a huge tax break to wealthy Californians.

 

  • It will further raise the cost of housing

 

 


          Elon Musk says Tesla customers may have to wait longer to get a response from customer service due to a large increase in deliveries (TSLA)      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Some Tesla customers will have to wait longer to get a response from customer service due to a significant increase in vehicle deliveries, CEO Elon Musk said via Twitter on Wednesday.
  • "Due to a large increase in vehicle delivery volume in North America, Tesla customers may experience longer response times. Resolving this is our top priority," he said.
  • Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how long the extended response times will last or what percentage of customers may be affected.

 

Some Tesla customers will have to wait longer to get a response from customer service due to a significant increase in vehicle deliveries, CEO Elon Musk said via Twitter on Wednesday.

"Due to a large increase in vehicle delivery volume in North America, Tesla customers may experience longer response times. Resolving this is our top priority," he said.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how long the extended response times will last or what percentage of customers may be affected. Some Tesla customers have told Business Insider that the company's service centers are slow to respond to inquiries, while others have said they are easy to contact.

Musk's tweet came one minute after he replied to a Twitter user who said that Tesla's customer-service center was not responding to his emails as he prepared for delivery of a Model 3.

"My apologies, am working on this exact issue right now," Musk said in response.

As the end of the third quarter nears, Tesla faces an important test. The company has said that it expects to become consistently profitable beginning in the third quarter and, on Friday, CEO Elon Musk said in an email to employees that was posted on Tesla's website that the third quarter will be the "most amazing quarter in our history." He said in the email that Tesla will build and deliver more than double the amount of cars it did in the second quarter, when it built 53,339 and delivered 40,740.

A profitable quarter and large increase in production could refocus the Tesla narrative around the company's rapid production growth and improving financial prospects. But failing to meet those goals may only increase doubts about the company's long-term potential.

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          JPMorgan's experimental investment in Detroit was so successful that it's decided to invest $500 million in up-and-coming cities      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • JPMorgan Chase launched AdvancingCities, a $500-million, five-year initiative for investing in emerging cities around the world.
  • It is an outgrowth of the multi-million dollar investments in Detroit, Chicago, and DC that began in 2014.
  • Up to half of the allocated money will be used for low-cost loans, with the rest used for philanthropic purposes.
  • This article is part of Business Insider's ongoing series on Better Capitalism.

JPMorgan Chase announced Wednesday that it is now accepting applications to participate in its new $500 million AdvancingCities initiative, which will invest in cities that are overcoming years of hardship.

It's a major expansion of a plan that began in 2013, when JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon pushed for a way to help Detroit after it declared bankruptcy. Starting the next year, it began closely working with Mayor Mike Duggan in distributing low-cost loans, renovating affordable housing, and training workforces. Since 2014, the bank has invested more than $100 million into the city.

Following success in Detroit, the bank then began investing in a similar way in Chicago and Washington, DC, and expanded the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund from Detroit to Chicago, the South Bronx, and San Francisco. The AdvancingCities competition is a way to bring learnings from these prior experiences to a new set of cities.

"I think the biggest thing that we have concluded is that the only places that we can be really effective in is where you have real collaboration on the ground with the political leadership, the private sector, the nonprofit sector," JPMorgan's head of corporate responsibility, Peter Scher, told Business Insider.

The $500 million will be split between low-cost loans offered through the AdvancingCities Investment Fund, and philanthropic spending.

Investments work best when partners identify opportunity

Scher explained that Detroit has been an ideal case study for the new initiative, and that it only took off once JPMorgan started responding to specific requests from partners. "I think the Entrepreneurs of Color is a great example," Scher said, referring to the fund that offers loans to businesses owned by people of color.

The JPMorgan team set up quarterly meetings with Mayor Duggan to discuss its investments, and in one meeting about a year in, Duggan said, "The problem I see in the city is there are a lot of black, Hispanic, Asian entrepreneurs who can't get access to capital and want to start businesses."

The bank then partnered with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to respond to this. Scher said it demonstrated that his team had the capability to toss money around, but that to actually accomplish something it needed to have partners, like the city's mayor, identify a challenge and then find a solution.

Duggan told us that, "Pretty much everything's worked," in regards to JPMorgan's investments, noting that for both his city and others that will partner with the bank, "as long as you're disciplined in what you're doing, you can have a major impact."

JPMorgan is looking to build long-term value for its shareholders

Scher said that over the next five years, data suggests that conservatively speaking, the $250 million from the AdvancingCities investment fund will leverage a total of $1 billion in spending when factoring in outside investment attracted by JPMorgan's activity. He said the initiative can support "up to 30" cities, but that the number is less important than the potential for impact in a city, and that there will not be an equal portioning of investments to each winner.

AdvancingCities is overseen by Scher and his team, as well as an advisory council of former mayors and business leaders, and will utilize an estimated 200 JPMorgan executives working 3-4 week shifts in particular cities.

Scher told us that if the program were solely about building goodwill, there were plenty of easier options to pursue, and that he considers AdvancingCities to be a business investment. "I would argue to our shareholders that if the economy of Detroit or Chicago or Washington is growing, and more people are getting jobs and more businesses are being created and you've got small business growth, that's a good long-term bet for JPMorgan Chase," he said.

He continued: "And so I actually think that this is kind of a new way of thinking about business investments and thinking long-term about the viability of success of our communities. And our general view is that if the economies of these cities is growing, JPMorgan will grow with it."

Manny Ocbazghi contributed reporting.

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          Bank of America has poached a senior investment banker from Citi to head up energy dealmaking out of New York (BAC)      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch has hired a senior energy investment banker from Citigroup.
  • Jerry Schretter is joining Bank of America has co-head of energy investment banking in the Americas, according to an internal memo viewed by Business Insider.
  • Additionally, Anya Weaving, an MD in energy mergers and acquisitions out of London, is moving to New York with a new role as vice chairman of global natural resources, according to the memo.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has added a senior investment banker from Citigroup to head up energy dealmaking out of the bank's New York City office. 

Jerry Schretter, who was previously a managing director and co-head of upstream energy banking at Citi, is joining Bank of America has co-head of energy investment banking in the Americas, according to an internal memo viewed by Business Insider.

Schretter, a 25-year industry vet, will co-head the Americas business with Brad Hutchinson, who joined in 2015 from Barclays and is based in Houston, according to the memo from Julian Mylchreest, the firm's global head of natural resources investment banking.

A Citigroup spokeswoman declined to comment.

Additionally, Anya Weaving, an MD in energy mergers and acquisitions out of London, is moving to New York with a new role as vice chairman of global natural resources.

"The addition of Jerry and Anya to our Americas Energy practice reflects the significant momentum we are experiencing in this space as we continue to win key mandates and further grow our market share through leading transactions like the recently announced $10.5 billion sale of BHP's U.S. shale business to BP," Mylchreest wrote in the memo. 

JPMorgan and Citi topped the league table for global energy and natural sources investment banking fees in 2017 with 8.3% and 5.7% market share of the $11 billion business, respectively, according to Dealogic. Bank of America ranked 6th with a 4.5% share. 

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          Bob Woodward book: Trump thought his tariffs were boosting jobs numbers — before any tariffs were imposed      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • President Donald Trump told former economic adviser Gary Cohn that strong jobs numbers were proof his tariffs were working, according to Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House."
  • The tariffs were not yet implemented.
  • Additionally, most economists agree that Trump's tariffs will cause a net loss of US jobs.
  • Both Cohn and the White House have pushed back on Woodward's reporting.

In early 2018, Gary Cohn came into the Oval Office to show President Donald Trump the monthly jobs report. It showed another strong month for the US labor market.

"I have the most perfect job numbers you're ever going to see," Cohn told the president, according to veteran journalist Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House."

Trump was pleased with the numbers and used them as confirmation that a new policy initiative was working.

"It's all because of my tariffs," Trump said. "They're working."

But there was an issue with that logic: Trump's tariffs were not yet in place.

While Woodward is vague about the exact timing of the discussion, Cohn announced his resignation from the White House on March 6 and left for good shortly after. The first wave of Trump's tariffs, on steel and aluminum, did not take effect until March 23.

Even then, the tariffs had exemptions for major metals sources, like Canada, the European Union, and Mexico. Trump's trade war did not really heat up until June, when Trump allowed the exemptions for the allies to expire and officially announced tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods.

Cohn pushed back on Trump's assumptions about the tariffs, as well. Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive, argued that tariffs would damage the economy and hurt American workers.

According to most economic research, Trump tariffs will actually cause a net job loss. In the months since Trump's tariffs went into full effect, US small businesses have started announcing tariff-related layoffs, and job growth slowed in industries hit by the tariffs.

The exchange over tariffs is another example from Woodward's book of Cohn trying to explain economics to Trump. According to "Fear," Cohn was taken aback by Trump's lack of understanding about the federal deficit. The economic adviser also resorted to taking documents off Trump's desk to prevent the president from pulling out of major US trade deals, the book said.

Cohn released a statement on Tuesday that pushed back on Woodward's reporting but did not deny individual allegations made in "Fear."

"This book does not accurately portray my experience at the White House," Cohn told the news website Axios in a statement. "I am proud of my service in the Trump Administration, and I continue to support the President and his economic agenda."

The White House has also dismissed the book, calling Woodward's reporting "nothing more than fabricated stories."

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          HGV / LGV Class 1 Driver (Nights) ADR & CPC - Global Chemicals Leader      Cache   Translate Page      
Salary: £32,500 + Full Company Benefits. Location: . HGV / LGV Class 1 Driver (Nights) ADR & CPC - Global Chemicals Leader Coventry / Nuneaton £32,500 + Full Company Benefits ++ Are you looking for a new permanent opportunity offering all the perks and development you'd expect from a global industry leader ++ + Do you value a healthy work/life balance? + Do you value spending time with the family? + Do you value being at home at the weekend? + Do you like to make plans for the Bank Holidays? + Do you want a secure future? We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Class 1 LGV Driver at our Coventry site to works nights. Reporting to the Transport Manager and operating in a competitive market you will be delivering our inter site products throughout the United Kingdom. About the Company: With over 115,000 customers across 100 countries, we are a leading $10 billion global distributor of speciality consumables, food ingredients and chemicals serving the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and manufacturing industries. Class 1 Driver Key Responsibilities and Tasks: The role would suit a competent individual with experience of working within the chemical industry previously, and the role requires working to high standards in all aspects of their duties and the capability to work alone. The role also requires working nights as part of the delivery function. You will be serious about safety in everything you do and happy to be a team player. You will be required to communicate with customers and it is essential that you are self-motivated, focused on customer satisfaction and flexible. We Are Looking For: The successful candidate will have good communication skills, excellent attention to detail and be flexible with work times. It is essential that you are self-motivated and willing to learn. You will have high standards in all that you do and possess excellent customer service skills. An ADR certificate (covering 3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 , 6.2, 8 & 9 in packaged goods) and up to date CPC is essential for this role. What we offer in return: + 33 days holiday + Generous pension scheme + Death in service benefit + Discounted childcare vouchers + Discounted private healthcare + Discounts with 1,000+ retailers We are a great team of people, a great place to work and offer all the benefits you’d expect from the world leader at what we do. Come and join us in a business with a global focus where your quality can make a real difference! Interested? Apply here for a fast-track path to the hiring manager Application notice... We take your privacy seriously. When you apply, we shall process your details and pass your application to our client for review for this vacancy only. As you might expect we may contact you by email, text or telephone. This processing is conducted lawfully on the basis of our legitimate interests. Please refer to our Data Privacy Policy & Notice on our website for further details. If you have any pre-application questions please contact us first quoting the job title & ref. Good luck, Team RR.
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Salary: £55,000 + Company Benefits Package + Company Car. Location: . Operations Manager - Warehousing & Distribution | Global Leader Milton Keynes £55,000 + Company Benefits Package + Company Car We have an opportunity for an experienced Warehousing & Distribution Operations Manager to join the team based in Milton Keynes. The role is for a candidate with senior managerial experience in a warehousing and distribution environment, ideally from the food storage / distribution, food manufacturing, pharmaceutical or personal care industries. Candidates will need to demonstrate their passion for team success and how their leadership skills drives this. The Operations Manager Role: Reporting to the Regional Operations Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing the Milton Keynes site which services the UK Food Ingredients business nationwide and also manages Industrial Chemical distribution in the South East with a focus on central London. You will be expected to maintain high levels of operational safety, operational standards and financial control. As site leader you will be responsible for driving the performance of the Warehouse, Administration and Transport functions. You will be expected to ensure high levels of service to both our internal and external customers. About the Company: With over 115,000 customers across 100 countries, we are a leading $10 billion global distributor of speciality consumables, food ingredients and chemicals serving the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and manufacturing industries. Key Tasks: + All site operational activity, including warehousing, transport and administration + Financial management including monthly reporting and budgeting for the site + People management activites including Recruitment, Training, Coaching & Development and Employee Relations and Engagement + With a continuous improvement mindset - recommend ways in which the company can improve profitability and operating effectiveness + Through leadership and active involvement ensure compliance to: statutory requirements (HACAAP, BRC, ISO 22000), quality procedures, responsible care, insurance requirements, and company policy statements including employment and disciplinary procedures We Are Looking For: + You will be PC literate with experience of WMS/SAP systems, have excellent coaching, influencing and communication skills and have a "Can Do" customer centric approach + You will be an excellent people manager who leads by example and is able to adapt quickly and effectively to operational issues. You will be outgoing and personable, a manager who takes pride in their work and leads by example + You will have a proven track record of achievements and as an excellent people manager, you will have the ability to network and influence at all levels + You will be exceptionally organised, passionate about high standards and be capable of achieving results through others + This is a fast paced and dynamic environment, and you will need to be an energetic, focused and targeted individual with a passion to succeed and a willingness to progress within the role, and the business + Experience in running transport own fleet would be an advantage What we offer in Return: + 33 days holiday + Generous pension scheme + Death in service benefit + Discounted childcare vouchers + Discounted private healthcare + Discounts with 1,000+ retailers + Company Car We are a great team of people, a great place to work and offer all the benefits you’d expect from the world leader. Come and join us in a business with a global focus where your quality can make a real difference! Interested? Apply here for a fast-track path to the hiring manager Application notice... We take your privacy seriously. When you apply, we shall process your details and pass your application to our client for review for this vacancy only. As you might expect we may contact you by email, text or telephone. This processing is conducted lawfully on the basis of our legitimate interests. Please refer to our Data Privacy Policy & Notice on our website for further details. If you have any pre-application questions please contact us first quoting the job title & ref. Good luck, Team RR.
          Nearly three-quarters of all consumers are willing to purchase prescription drugs through Amazon, as the e-commerce giant seeks to tap into a $300 billion market (AMZN)      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Amazon is moving aggressively into the healthcare space, as shown with its recent acquisition of digital pharmacy startup PillPack. 
  • But are consumers willing to purchase drugs through Amazon? A recent survey by Deutsche Bank indicates that nearly three quarters would be. 
  • Consumers are attracted to the possibility that Amazon can offer these drugs at a lower price than usual.

Amazon's acquisition of digital pharmacy startup PillPack could be first of many new services the e-commerce giant might be adding on in order to increase its presence in the healthcare space and shake things up. 

The online pharmacy space is estimated to be worth $300 billion and PillPack may allow Amazon to capture a good portion of that market. 

But before it can execute its master plan, there's one big question it has to answer first: will consumers bite?

Adding new services may be a waste if Amazon can't convince its customers to use it. But a new research report by Deutsche Bank indicates that consumers are largely onboard with Amazon's new plan.

The report found that 71% of consumers would be willing to purchase prescription drugs through Amazon, regardless of the number of medications they use per month. That number breaks down to 85% of Prime members with insurance and 55% of non-Prime customers with insurance. 

The willingness to purchase drugs through Amazon seems to decline with age. Still, 52% of respondents over the age of 65 said they would purchase drugs from the company. 

Deutsche Bank found that the major advantage drawing customers to Amazon is the potential for significantly lower-priced prescription drugs.

In the brick and mortar pharmacy space, if Amazon additionally introduces pharmacies in Whole Foods' stores, Deutsche Bank said that it could allow the company to potentially address a $215 billion opportunity, putting it on tier with CVS and Walgreens. 

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          Tech stocks stumble after Apple unveils its new iPhone collection      Cache   Translate Page      

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Stocks stumbled Wednesday, dragged down by tech, after Apple unveiled a new collection of iPhones at a launch event on its Cupertino, California campus. The dollar and Treasury yields fell. 

Here's the scoreboard:

Dow Jones industrial average25,998.18 +27.12 (+0.10%)

S&P 500: 2,889.51 +1.62 (+0.056%)

Nasdaq Composite7,954.23 −18.25 (-0.23%)

  1. A Category 4 hurricane is due to make landfall on the East Coast of the US this week, causing "catastrophic" flash flooding and winds. Oil was trading above $70 a barrel as Hurricane Florence makes its way toward the Carolinas and Virginia.
  2. The Trump administration reportedly reached out to China for another round of high-level trade talks. The Wall Street Journal reports senior officials invited Chinese counterparts to sit down for negotiations before the US follows through with proposed tariffs on roughly $200 billion worth of Chinese products. 
  3. US earnings rose in 2017 for a third straight year. The median household income climbed 1.3% to $61,372 in 2017, according to the Census Bureau. But the pace of growth fell short of the previous two years — median household income jumped 5.2% in 2015 and 3.2% in 2016.
  4. August producer prices in the US fell for the first time in one and a half yearsA decline in food prices offset a surge in energy costs, pushing the index 0.1% lower last month after holding steady in July. 

And a look at the upcoming economic calendar:

  • The Bank of England announces a policy decision. 
  • The Federal Trade Commission holds public hearings on competition in the tech industry. 

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          The Tesla of China fails to raise the $1.8 billion it targeted in its US IPO (NIO)      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Chinese electric-car startup Nio, known as the Tesla of China, debuted for trading in the US on Wednesday.
  • Nio, backed by Chinese tech giant Tencent, failed to raise the $1.8 billion it targeted during its initial public offering.
  • Nio's fundraising is an example that shows China's ambition to become a dominant global electric-vehicle producer, Reuters says.

Chinese electric-car startup Nio, which has been touted as the Tesla of China, went public in the US on Wednesday, weeks after Tesla CEO Elon Musk openly said  he was considering taking his company private.

Shares of Nio debut with a sell-off, opening at $6 apiece or 4.2% below its initial-public-offering price of $6.26. The company raised $1 billion from the offering, falling short of the $1.8 billion target it had set.

iQiyi, known as the Netflix of China, is still the biggest US listing by a Chinese firm this year. iQiyi raised $2.42 billion from a Nasdaq IPO in March. Pinduoduo, an online group discounter, is the second largest at $1.63 billion. 

Nio, backed by Chinese tech giant Tencent, was founded by William Li in November 2014 as NextCar and changed its name in July 2017. Tencent, its largest investor, beneficially owns all the Class B ordinary shares and represents 21.5% of the voting power. Li retains 14.5% of the business and 48.3% of the voting power, according to Bizjournals, citing the electric-car maker's filing.

Nio's public fundraising shows China's ambition to become a dominant global electric-vehicle producer as the nation bids to reduce vehicle emissions, produce high-tech industries, and compete with the likes of Tesla and other electric-car makers, Reuters says. It notes that other electric-car makers in China, such as WM Motor Technology Co and Xpeng Motor, have also raised billions from heavyweight investors including tech giants Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent.

While Nio just started trading in the US, its competitor Tesla has been under pressure since Musk tweeted on August 7 that he was considering taking his company private at $420 a share and had "funding secured." He later reversed course, but his tweets triggered a Securities and Exchange subpoena and relentless attacks from investors betting against the company.

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  • China has extended easy credit to vulnerable countries.
  • But its pockets are not as deep as they once were, analysts say.
  • Lending to emerging markets could also face political backlash.

When Malaysia canceled two large-scale infrastructure projects backed by China last month, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he was afraid the country could go bankrupt. As leader of a government that has tried to crowdfund its $250 billion of debt, that seems to be a reasonable concern.

"It’s all about borrowing too much money, which we cannot afford and cannot repay because we don’t need these projects in Malaysia," Mahathir told the New York Times in interviews about the projects, a rail link and a natural gas pipeline that had a collective price tag of more than $22 billion.

Malaysia is just the latest debt-ridden country to have been courted by Chinese lenders, a potential alternative to International Monetary Fund programs that can come with sweeping stipulations.

For example, China is Venezuela's largest creditor, lending the collapsing country more than $62 billion over the past decade. And just last week, President Xi Jinping offered countries in Africa another $60 billion in aid and loans.

But throwing life lines to emerging markets could be impractical for China in the long run, Nomura economists led by Ting Lu wrote in a recent note.

"China is still financially healthy, but its pockets are not as deep as they were," Lu wrote.

In the first three months of 2018, China ran its first current account-deficit since before joining the World Trade Organization in 2001. It rebounded by the second-quarter, but the setback raised questions about whether current-account deficits could occur more frequently in the future.

China's foreign-exchange reserves have fallen to roughly $3.1 trillion from $4 trillion in 2014. Meanwhile, hard-currency external debt has surged, with corporate offshore dollar bond issuance up about $500 billion during that same period.

"As China’s economy is becoming increasingly constrained by its own production capacity, EM imports from China financed by RMB borrowings would likely squeeze China’s exports, resulting, in our opinion, in a headline trade surplus that could overstate actual FX inflows, ultimately impairing China’s FX reserves," Lu wrote. 

Lending to emerging markets could also face political backlash as China faces an economic slowdown and as a trade war with the US continues to escalate. As Bloomberg Opinion columnist Shuli Ren recently wrote, "China’s shaky domestic economy may mean that it’s no longer politically viable for Beijing to keep being so generous."

For now though, China appears comfortable cozying up to emerging markets. The country been looking to expand economic ties abroad through its Belt and Road Initiative, a trillion-dollar investment venture that has infrastructure investment plans spanning across more than 60 countries.

A recent Pentagon report found the initiative is designed to shape interests to align with Beijing and to avoid confrontation and criticism. Involved countries could "develop economic dependence on Chinese capital, which China could leverage to achieve its interests," it said.

"They know that when they lend big sums of money to a poor country, in the end they may have to take the project for themselves," Mahathir told the Times.

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          Tesla jumps as its investor relations head gets ready to give a company update (TSLA)      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Tesla shares jumped ahead of its investor relations head's presentation at a Morgan Stanley conference on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Shares have been under pressure over the past month, ever since CEO Elon Musk said he was looking into taking the electric-car maker private.
  • NIO, which has been touted as the Tesla of China, started trading in the US on Wednesday.
  • Watch Tesla trade in real time here.

Tesla jumped as much as 4.51% in Wednesday trading, ahead of its investor relations head's presentation at Morgan Stanley conference in Laguna Beach, California.

Tesla investor relations head Martin Viecha is schedule to give a company update at 2:45 p.m. ET at the annual conference.

Shares have been under pressure over the past month, in the wake of CEO Elon Musk's attempt to take the electric-car maker private

During an interview on Thursday, Musk was filmed smoking a spliff — marijuana mixed with tobacco. Following that, the company said Friday that its chief accountant, Dave Morton, had resigned Tuesday, and that Gaby Toledano, its human-resources chief, was extending a leave of absence.

Musk tweeted on August 7 that he was considering taking Tesla private at $420 a share and had "funding secured." He later reversed course, but his tweets triggered an SEC subpoena and relentless attacks from investors betting against the company.

And while Tesla was considering going private, Nio, which has been touted as the Tesla of China, started trading at in the US on Wednesday.

Tesla shares have lost 19% over the past month, and are down 8% this year.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZxenUmWsac Advertisers love Facebook. In fact, they pour money into it. The company's financial results say it all: Facebook raked in over $13 billion from ads just in the last quarter. A new lawsuit is now asking a basic question: Are those ads working? The lawsuit, filed by InvestorVillage.com , claims that Facebook misleads advertisers about how effective it is. "Facebook's advertising pitch is that you can put into the program exactly your target audience," says Seth Lesser, a lawyer who representing InvestorVillage in the case. "Facebook says, we can get you those such people at 89 percent accuracy." InvestorVillage, a site that offers online discussion forums on investing, recently spent around $1,600 on two Facebook ad campaigns. The ads were targeted at people with an interest in the stock market, incomes of at least $250,000 and a college education. The ads got a lot of likes, but the company says when it looked closer, at least 40 percent of
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According to CNN, although some people may publicly oppose President Donald Trump… They don’t entirely have a problem with his daughter, Ivanka Trump. For example YouTube star Casey Neistat encouraged his followers to support Hillary Clinton during the election.Yet the vlogger continues to like Ivanka’s Instagram posts, saying he knew her before her father went into politics. Another friend of Ivanka is Democratic donor and billionaire Marc Lasry.
          Throw the bums in the legislature out      Cache   Translate Page      
Jon Woods, the former state senator, got a whopping 18-year federal prison sentence last week from Judge Timothy Brooks, who described Woods' criminality as "grotesque" and "depraved."

Jon Woods, the former state senator, got a whopping 18-year federal prison sentence last week from Judge Timothy Brooks, who described Woods' criminality as "grotesque" and "depraved."

They are words suitable for a legislative culture that he encouraged and which argues persuasively for term limits.

So far, Woods, Micah Neal, Jake Files, Eddie Cooper, Hank Wilkins, Mickey Gates and Jeremy Hutchinson have been accused or convicted of recent crimes. But felonious corruption is only part of the story.

Nearly every Republican legislator in Northwest Arkansas pumped money into the criminal enterprise known as Ecclesia College. One of them, Sen. Bart Hester (R-Cave Springs), also sent money to a preacher pal from the unconstitutional General Improvement Fund handouts and his only regret seemed to be that he hadn't sent more.

Sen. Jim Hendren (R-Sulphur Springs), the governor's nephew and Jeremy Hutchinson's cousin, became an ethics crusader this year — after indictments started. But it turns out he'd gotten a bribe offer from Woods in 2012 and declined to cooperate with the FBI on snaring Woods. He spent four years working with him on big issues without a peep about the crook, guest of honor at a campaign fundraiser featuring Uncle Asa shortly before Woods abruptly withdrew from the race, expecting an indictment.

Big issues? Under the guise of "ethics reform," Woods engineered a constitutional amendment that has all but tripled legislative pay and extended the time they may serve in office. He also helped work out a mulligan system for ethics violations and protected a fat pay supplement through untaxed per diem. This has created a class of legislators, like Woods, who have no visible means of support outside of signing the attendance sheet for interim committee meetings.

If that's not enough money, another legislator described to the FBI how Woods had counseled him on creating a bogus job as paid "consultant" to nonprofit agencies that depend on state funding.

Jeremy Hutchinson and former Senate President Michael Lamoureux provide the template. They landed consultant and legal fees from private business, special interest lobbies and agencies that draw from the multibillion-dollar Medicaid budget.

There are other ways to make friends. Jake Files' proposal to limit lawsuits against nursing homes couldn't have hurt him in receiving an $80,000 advance from a nursing home executive. Bob Ballinger sent money to Ecclesia, which then hired him to do legal work on land deals financed with money he sent the college.

No telling how many lucrative favors Rusty Cranford, lobbyist and health company executive, passed out to legislators on his way to a multicount federal indictment. Sen. Linda Chesterfield (D-Little Rock), for example, was paid a fee by one of Cranford's employers to deliver a talk on diversity. It was duly reported as income by Chesterfield. But really. Is it a good idea, even if legal, for a company receiving Medicaid money to hire legislators for speech-making?

So much rot and so little space. After the Arkansas Supreme Court outlawed use of tax money to pay private chambers of commerce, Jon Woods worked up an amendment to legalize the payments. That money subsidizes salaries of people who favor lawsuit limits, low pay, poor unemployment and workers comp benefits and miserly health care. It should be no surprise that they don't want term limits to shorten the tenure of experienced public servants like Jon Woods.


          Furious customers are accusing Amazon of raising the price of water ahead of Hurricane Florence, but the truth is more complicated (AMZN)      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Amazon is being criticized by some customers ahead of Hurricane Florence as the prices for basics on its website have appeared to rise. 
  • Supplies for cases of water have run low, leaving high-priced offerings from third-party sellers as the only option in many instances. 
  • The company says it is taking steps to correct the problem. "We do not engage in surge pricing, and product prices do not fluctuate by region or delivery location," an Amazon spokesperson told Business Insider.

Amazon is being criticized for appearing to inflate prices as residents of North and South Carolina prepare for Hurricane Florence to make landfall. 

Many local grocery and warehouse stores have sold out of basics like cases of water, so some locals have turned online to buy goods to prepare for the storm. What they've found is water cases that cost over $20 for a few dozen bottles — far more than their usual cost. 

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          EY reports record global revenues of US$34.8b in 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

LONDON, Sept. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- EY today announces combined global revenues of US$34.8 billion for the financial year ended June 2018. Overall, financial year (FY) 2018 revenues grew by 7.4% in local currency and 11% in US dollars (versus FY17). All EY service lines delivered...


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DUBLIN, Sept. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Global Cold Chain Tracking and Monitoring Market - by Component, Solution, Application, Region - Market Size, Demand Forecasts, Company Profiles, Industry Trends and Updates (2017-2023)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering....


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(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 13, 2018 ) The Global Digital Payment Market was estimated at USD 479.48 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 1215.63 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 10.89% from 2017 to 2025. Digital Payment is the process of payment through digital modes. In digital...
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(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 13, 2018 ) The Global Contactless Payment Market was valued at USD 6.81 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 39.73 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 21.65% from 2017 to 2025. The contactless payment system is an addition to the point of sales payment system...
          Litigation Finance Industry Opens Up To Private Investors      Cache   Translate Page      

A crowdfunding platform in the UK looking to back small cases hopes to deliver high returns   The growing popularity of litigation finance has been fuelled by billions of dollars from hedge funds, private equity and other institutional investors. Now a crowdfunding platform due to launch in the UK early next month is hoping to […]

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          9/13/2018: Inflation, IIP Give Reasons to Cheer      Cache   Translate Page      
India’s retail inflation decelerated to a 10-month low in August while factory output remained robust in July. The country’s exports grew 19.21% to $27.84 billion in August.
          9/13/2018: TCS to Play Big Role in Shaping Tata Group’s Digital Strategy      Cache   Translate Page      
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will play big role in shaping Tata Group's digital strategy, keeping in line with chairman N Chandrasekaran's push for more internal collaboration within the $100-billion conglomerate.
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A lawsuit says Facebook is misleading advertisers about just how effective it is. Facebook, which makes billions from ads, says it can't guarantee that all of them will reach their intended targets.
          A Recent Study Says Automotive Tires Market Will Make a Huge Impact in Near Future and its Market Analysis      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 13, 2018 ) According to the publisher, the Global Automotive Tires market is expected to grow from $ 329 billion in 2016 to reach $ 575 billion by 2025 with a CAGR of 6.40%. High demand for replacement tires, increasing demand for two wheelers and commercial vehicles, higher...
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(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 13, 2018 ) The global fire trucks market is projected to reach USD XX billion by 2024. The report studies and describes the Fire Truck market in terms of volume and value. The geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa) focusing...
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(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 13, 2018 ) According to Verified Market Intelligence, the Global Digital Logistics market was valued at USD 11.02 Billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 19.88 Billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 14.4% from 2017 to 2025. Digital logistics is a process that involves...
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appointed himself chairman of Turkey’s multi-billion-dollar sovereign wealth fund, according to a decision published Wednesday in the Official Gazette. In an overhaul of the Turkiye Wealth Fund, seven new members were appointed, including Erdogan’s son-in-law, Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, as the deputy chairman. The fund was created in […]

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Korea’s National Tax Service is investigating 93 people under suspicion of offshore tax evasion. Included in the 93 people are celebrities and various other public figures. The National Tax Service held a briefing on September 12 and announced that investigations are officially underway. Also included is a Korean entertainment agency. This company had 7 billion won (approximately […]

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          Apple unveils 3 iPhones with dual SIM, impressive cameras      Cache   Translate Page      

San Francisco, Sep 13 (IANS) Apple officially introduced its 2018 line-up of iPhones -- the premium iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR at an event in California late on Wednesday.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will support dual SIM and dual standby functionality.

The premium iPhone XS and XS Max come with upgraded 12MP + 12MP camera and 2x optical zoom. There is an improved TrueTone quad-LED flash as well. Both the models have a 7MP RGB camera sensor in the front with F/2.2 aperture while the iPhone XR has a single 12MP camera at the rear.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max would be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB storage variants in space grey, silver and a new gold colour starting at Rs 99,900 and Rs 1,09,900, respectively through Apple authorised resellers in India.

The cheapest of the lot -- the iPhone XR -- has a starting price of Rs 76,900.

The premium iPhone XS is made with stainless surgical grade steel with a new glass formulation and has edge-to-edge screen, Apple said in a statement.

Both the iPhone XS and XS Max are fueled by Apple's latest A12 Bionic chipset built on 7-nm design, which allows for 6.9 billion transistors on the chip. Also, there is a new neural engine with an 8-core dedicated machine learning (ML) processor.

The iPhone X comes with a 5.8-inch OLED display while the iPhone XS has 6.5-inch OLED screen -- the biggest ever on an iPhone. Other than the size, both the models have 3D Touch and HDR.

The Face ID in these models is said to work faster this time than last year's iPhone X.

The affordable iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch LCD screen with liquid Retina display and aluminium body instead of a steel one.

The Cupertino-based company also unveiled its new Apple Watch Series 4 with improved health features.

Its next generation of Apple Watch features edge-to-edge display with smaller bezels, which is 30 per cent bigger.

The device brings a design overhaul to the Apple Watch as the iPhone-maker is now using a new dual-core 64-bit chipset, custom designed to improve performance.

"Apple Watch isn't just the number one smart watch, it is the number one watch in the world period," Tim Cook, CEO of Apple said.

Apart from heartbeat data, the devices would now also track heart rhythm and notify users.

The new series has been approved by FDA for ECG recording as well but this feature would be limited to only US-based users initially.

The tech giant said it is working to introduce this feature in other countries as well.

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          Horrific war crimes in Libya -- and the West yawns      Cache   Translate Page      
Everyone knows that the NATO-led attack on Libya in 2011 produced a failed state, billions in state funds looted, millions of displaced persons, a refugee epidemic that threatens to destabilize Europe and a Libya under Islamist rule. And then there is the massive Islamist racism against black Libyans, such as the Tawhargha tribe, who since […]
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZxenUmWsac Advertisers love Facebook. In fact, they pour money into it. The company's financial results say it all: Facebook raked in over $13 billion from ads just in the last quarter. A new lawsuit is now asking a basic question: Are those ads working? The lawsuit, filed by InvestorVillage.com , claims that Facebook misleads advertisers about how effective it is. "Facebook's advertising pitch is that you can put into the program exactly your target audience," says Seth Lesser, a lawyer who representing InvestorVillage in the case. "Facebook says, we can get you those such people at 89 percent accuracy." InvestorVillage, a site that offers online discussion forums on investing, recently spent around $1,600 on two Facebook ad campaigns. The ads were targeted at people with an interest in the stock market, incomes of at least $250,000 and a college education. The ads got a lot of likes, but the company says when it looked closer, at least 40 percent of
          World Clean Up Day 15 September 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
The biggest civic action in the history of our planet, the World Cleanup Day, will take place on 15 September. On this day, millions of people from 150 countries will come together to take a step towards a cleaner world and draw attention to the global waste problem.

The biggest civic action in the world started in Estonia in 2008 and will be overseen from Estonia on 15 September. This means that we have the chance to make Estonia bigger than ever before in just one day.

Come along and join the cleanup action!

Find the nearest pile of rubbish, take some bin bags and gloves with you, and clean it up. Even the smallest contribution helps! You will find the contact details of the teams in your country at www.worldcleanupday.org/contact/

World Clean Up Day 15 September 2018

●    The World Cleanup Day will be held on 15 September 2018.
●    The biggest civic action in the world started in Estonia in 2008 and will be overseen from Estonia on 15 September. Approximately 150 countries will start cleaning up the Earth on the same day under the leadership of Estonia.
●    Let’s Do It World Cleanup Day is part of the Estonia 100 programme and is the biggest gift from Estonians to the world.
●    The World Cleanup Day will follow the Sun around the world – the cleanup will start at 10 am in New Zealand and end 36 hours later in Hawaii. The action will kick off on 14 September at 11 pm Estonian time.
●    The headquarters of the World Cleanup Day will be based in Tallinn and the results of the action, information, TV broadcasts, etc. from all over the world will be gathered there. The global TV broadcast will be hosted from the headquarters in Tallinn and shared all over the planet.
●    Millions of people will come out in support of cleaner nature, with an aim to take a step towards a cleaner world together and draw attention to the global problem of waste and seek possible solutions.
●    In Estonia, the cleanup action will focus on forests, beaches, lake shores and river banks.

Facts about the waste problem

●    According to the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), ca 4 billion tons of waste is generated every year, of which ca 1.6 billion tons  is household waste.
●    3.5 billion people in the world have no access to waste management systems and the waste ends up in nature, incl. in oceans, or it is burnt.
●    According to the Global Waste Management Outlook, hundreds of millions of tons of illegal waste ends up in nature every year and from there makes its way to the oceans. 80% of the waste floating in oceans is of mainland origin.
●    This is why the problem of waste is just as critical for developed countries as it is for developing ones. Although several associations monitor waste in different regions of the world, insufficient information about the quantities and locations of the waste prevents dealing with the problem efficiently.

The story of the World Cleanup Day

●    A group of people, including Rainer Nõlvak, Toomas Trapido, Henri Laupmaa and Kadri Allikmäe, sat down together in August 2007 and came up with the idea to clean Estonia from waste in one day. Ahti Heinla, Tiina Urm, Tatjana Lavrova, Eva Truuverk and Anneli Ohvril joined them later. 620 volunteers and over 500 organisations in Estonia helped make Let’s Do It! a success.
●    More than 50 thousand people cleaned up over 10 thousand tons of waste on 3 May 2008. It would have taken the state years and cost 22.5 million euros. But it got done in one day and only cost half a million euros (mostly the cost of waste handling by waste management companies).
●    The first country to join Estonia’s initiative was Lithuania, which carried out a supporting cleanup day with Estonia (with a couple of thousands of volunteers on 3 May 2008). Latvia carried out a cleanup action in autumn; Slovenia, Portugal, Serbia and many others followed suit.
●    Almost 20 million people from more than a hundred countries of the world have cleaned up their territories at different times based on the Let’s Do It! model.
●    Maximum numbers of cleanup day participants: Latvia (210,000), Lithuania (250,000), Portugal (100,000), Slovenia (270,000), Romania (250,000), Albania (281,000), Hungary (200,000), Bulgaria (375,000), Ukraine (500,000), India (54,000), the Philippines (28,000), etc.



          Live Coverage of Apple's iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and Apple Watch Event      Cache   Translate Page      
Apple's "Gather round" event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park begins at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, where it is widely expected to unveil three new iPhones (XS, XS Max, and XR) as well as new, slightly larger Apple Watch models.

Steve Jobs Theater via Apple CEO Tim Cook

We should also be hearing final details and the official release date for iOS 12, and likely macOS Mojave, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 as well. And, of course, there may be other announcements and surprises in the cards.

Apple itself leaked a number of details this morning by prematurely updating its store site maps, and we have a summary of what's been revealed right here.

Apple is providing a live video stream on its website, via the Apple Events app on Apple TV, and on Twitter. We've shared instructions on how to watch along with a list of when the keynote starts in time zones around the world.

In addition to Apple's video stream, we will be updating this article with live blog coverage—no need to refresh—and issuing Twitter updates through our @MacRumorsLive account as the keynote unfolds.

Highlights from the event and separate news stories regarding today's announcements will go out through our @MacRumors account.

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Apple's online store is currently down in advance of the event. It should be accessible again shortly after the keynote.

Live blog in chronological order is after the jump.

8:26 am: Members of the press are checking in and milling around waiting to be admitted to the theater. As usual, Apple is providing light breakfast options.










8:31 am: Apple staff members currently blocking access to the actual theater.

9:15 am: The crowd is continuing to gather. Apple should be opening up the theater shortly.

9:22 am: Apple has opened the stairs, and members of the press are now heading down to the theater.




9:56 am: Five minutes to showtime!

10:01 am: Event is getting started with a video showing people heading down to the theater.

10:03 am: Mission: Impossible themed video showing someone rushing a last-minute item from Apple Park to the theater. Kevin Lynch beams himself directly to the theater using his watch.

10:04 am: Apple employee's badge denied access to backstage at the theater, but Kevin Lynch materializes to let her in. Tim Cook opens the briefcase and takes out his presentation clicker.


10:06 am: Cook giving an intro. We've reinvented several product categories, retail, etc. Showing Apple Piazza Liberty in Milan. Over 500 million visitors per year at Apple stores. We love that so many customers have the chance to experience our products there. We aim to put the customer at the center of everything we do.


10:07 am: We're about to ship our 2 billionth iOS device. iOS has changed the way we live, learn, work. It's changed entertainment, how we shop, how we stay in touch with each other. It's only fitting that today we're going to tell you about two of our most personal products. The ones that go with you everywhere.

10:07 am: Starting with Apple Watch.




10:09 am: This category didn't even exist a few years ago. Apple Watch is now the #1 watch, period. It's redefined what a watch can do for you. It's become indispensable for millions of people around the world. Jeff Williams on stage.

10:10 am: Apple Watch is becoming indispensable in three areas: communication, fitness, and health. Talking about heart rate monitoring..."an intelligent guardian for your health."

10:10 am: We're taking Apple Watch to the next level in all of these areas.

10:11 am: Intro video for next generation of Apple Watch.




10:12 am: Apple Watch Series 4. Everything about it has been redesigned and reengineered. It's just beautiful.




10:13 am: Stunning new display pushed right to the corners. Screens are significantly larger...over 30% larger. Minimal size increase, but it's thinner, so volume is actually less.




10:14 am: Brand-new watch face with up to 8 complications. Customize with the things you care about. Add loved ones and tap their faces to connect. Track time zones. Create the ultimate health and fitness watch. Modular face also redesigned with more detail from stock and third-party apps.


10:14 am: Breathe app is now available as a watch face. Raise your wrist, and it will guide you through a breathing sessions. Three breathe faces available.


10:15 am: New fire, water, and vapor faces offer dynamic visuals behind the watch hands.



10:16 am: Digital crown reengineered with haptic feedback. Speaker is 50% louder, which is great for phone calls, Walkie-Talkie, and Siri. Back is made entirely of black ceramic and sapphire crystal. Radio waves can now pass through front and back for improved cellular reception.




10:17 am: Series 4 is just as impressive on the inside. S4 package with 64-bit dual-core processor up to 2x faster.

10:18 am: Accelerometer and gyroscope have 2x the dynamic range with 8x faster sampling and up to 32 g-forces.







10:19 am: Apple Watch Series 4 can automatically detect falls. We did studies with thousands of people and captured data on real-world falls. There are repeatable motions involved to falls, trips, and slips, and the watch can detect them. It can then alert you and offer an Emergency SOS call. Will start call automatically if you're immobile for a minute after the fall.


10:21 am: Optical heart sensor has been integral since the beginning. Count calories, measure heart rate, and high heart rate notifications. Announcing three new heart features. First, low heart rate notification. Low heart rate can be a sign of something serious if not enough blood being pumped.


10:21 am: Second, Apple Watch can screen heart rhythm in the background and can notify you if it detects atrial fibrillation.


10:22 am: Third feature is with a new electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor in the back of the watch. First over-the-counter ECG product offered directly to consumers.





10:23 am: Can take an ECG anytime, anywhere. Open the app, and put your finger on the digital crown. Takes 30 seconds and gives you a heart rhythm classifications...sinus rhythm, atrial fibrillation. Results all stored and can be shared as a PDF with your doctor.

10:25 am: Ivor Benjamin, president of the American Heart Association, on stage. Applauds Apple's commitment to health. People often report symptoms that are absent during a doctor's visit. On-demand ECG is game-changing, especially for atrial fibrillation, which can increase risk of stroke, heart failure, and other complications.




10:27 am: Jeff Williams back on stage. It's great to have the support of the AHA, and we've also received clearance from the FDA. This is the first of its kind. Also, the irregular heart rhythm feature has received FDA clearance. Both features will be available in the U.S. later this year.


10:27 am: It's amazing to think the watch you wear everyday can now take an ECG.

10:28 am: Your personal data remains protected. You should decide who gets to see it. All data is encrypted on device and in the cloud.






10:29 am: Recapping features of the Apple Watch Series 4. You're probably wondering about battery life. Same 18-hour battery life customers have become used to. Increased outdoor workout battery life to six hours.

10:29 am: Showing another Apple Watch video. Jony Ive discussing the redesign and reengineering.


10:31 am: We've developed and refined the form, also making it thinner. New display is seamlessly integrated. The interface has been redesigned for the new display...more information with richer detail. Navigating with digital crown has been entirely reengineered with haptic feedback. New Apple-designed electrical sensor for ECG...a momentous achievement for a wearable device.


10:32 am: Accelerometer, gyroscope, and altimeter give you the ability to track more. Cellular capabilities give you more freedom. Series 4 is a device so powerful, personal, liberating...it can change the way you live each day.






10:33 am: Jeff Williams back on stage. Series 4 available in silver. gold, and space gray aluminum. Stainless steel is even more beautiful...silver, space gray, and gold. All band styles fit all generations of Apple Watch.


10:34 am: Nike+ has been optimized with full-screen interface. Nike Sport Loops have reflective yarn for better visibility. New Hermes models.

10:34 am: Series 4 starts at $399, cellular at $499. Series 3 sticking around starting at $279.










10:35 am: Order starting Friday, available September 21. Series 3 at new prices available right after the show. watchOS 5 available September 17. That's Apple Watch, and now back to Tim.

10:36 am: Showing Apple Watch Series 4 commercial set to the Hokey Pokey.


10:37 am: We love what Apple Watch is doing to get the world moving. Now let's talk about iPhone.


10:38 am: Recapping iPhone X technology and capabilities. So many technologies, all powered by most advanced mobile operating system. iPhone became number one smartphone in the world. Also most loved with 98% customer satisfaction.

10:38 am: Today we're going to take iPhone X to the next level. By far the most advanced smartphone we've ever created. Showing intro video of new iPhone with gold finish.




10:39 am: This is iPhone Xs. Phil Schiller coming up to tell you about it.






10:40 am: It is made of surgical grade stainless steel. Gorgeous new gold finish. Most beautiful iPhone we've ever made. Most durable glass ever in a smartphone. Three finishes: gold, silver, space gray. IP68 protects against water up to 2 meters up to 30 minutes.

10:41 am: Tested in many different liquids, even beer. Some of the most fun, intense testing we get to do.


10:41 am: 5.8" Super Retina OLED display. Plus-size display in a smaller design. So many customers love that. And it looks incredible.








10:43 am: 60% greater dynamic range in display. Not just one, but two sizes available. New 6.5" model. 2688x1242. Same size phone as current Plus size, but bigger display. What's bigger than plus size? iPhone Xs Max.




10:44 am: HDR displays, 120 Hz touch sensing, 3D Touch, tap to wake, True Tone, Wide color.




10:44 am: Stereo sound better than any iPhone to date. Wider field...great for movies, games, and music.




10:45 am: Face ID is a huge step forward. So much technology in that little space. Designed with multiple neural networks so it's secure and seamless. On iPhone Xs has faster algorithms and faster Secure Enclave. Most secure facial authentication ever in a smartphone.


10:46 am: Powering Face ID is our A-series chip. What the team has done is truly breakthrough. A12 Bionic. Industry's first 7nm chip.




10:48 am: Packed with 6.9 billion transistors. 6-core CPU, 4-core GPU, neural engine. CPU has 2 high performance and 4 high efficiency cores. GPU is up to 50% faster. Real blow away thing is the neural engine. 8-core dedicated machine learning engine with smart compute to determined where to run a task.


10:48 am: A11 could process 600 billion operations per second. A12 can process 5 trillion.


10:49 am: Next-generation image signal processor, HEVC encoder/decoder, faster memory controller for up to 512 GB of storage.


10:49 am: A12 Bionic without question the smartest and most powerful in a smartphone. Enables so many great experiences that weren't possible before.


10:52 am: Apps launch up to 30% faster on A12 Bionic. Apps and processes that rely on machine learning...we've used it for years, but what's remarkable this year is it unlocks the power of real-time machine learning. Portrait mode, Animojis, immersive AR, and new Clips app coming this fall will all benefit.

10:53 am: Siri Shortcuts will let you get more done. Demoing "keynote day" shortcut. Launches Home app scene, orders coffee, starts Apple Music playlists, gets directions.






10:54 am: Opening up neural engine to Core ML, which gets up to 9x faster on 1/10th the energy. Frees up GPU for other features like AR, which is another area we're focusing on this year.

10:55 am: ARKit 2, new Measure app, AR Quick Look brings items into the real-world with just a tap.

10:55 am: A12 Bionic enables next-generation apps. We've got three developers to briefly show you. Todd Howard from Bethesda Game Studios on stage for a demo.


10:56 am: I wrote my first game when I was 12 on an Apple II. It's amazing how far we've come. We can now start reaching for games that are more than simple diversions. Let's take a look at new Elder Scrolls game, Blades.


10:57 am: We can pull out all of the detail you'd usually miss from the light and the dark. Lighting can bounce off of the wall. Even reflect off of your sword. We can use stereo widening on the new iPhone to hear the forest around you without headphones.


10:58 am: What used to be limited to your living room is now available on your phone. We can pull off some incredible environments that just weren't possible before.

10:59 am: It's not just immersive, it transports you. Blades coming to iOS this fall. Available for pre-order now.


11:00 am: David Lee from Nex Team and NBA hall of famer Steve Nash on stage to talk about Homecourt.




11:01 am: New tool to revolutionize basketball training. Recognizes hoop and court automatically, then tracks makes and misses, drawn as an overlay on the court. Real-time player detection. Shot science...measures shooting form and more to analyze performance.

11:02 am: Gives players immediate feedback on form, release time, and more. As players train with real-time feedback, they gain muscle memory. Great for beginners and pros. Shipping as an update this fall.




11:03 am: Atli Mar from Directive Games on stage to introduce AR-generated arcade cabinet. And with multi-player AR, everybody can experience it together. Showing Galaga AR.


11:06 am: Now back to Phil. Talking about camera. You all know it's the most popular smartphone camera, and for great reason.

11:06 am: Showing a portrait mode photo that appeared on the cover of Time magazine.


11:09 am: You are going to be blown away with iPhone Xs dual camera system. 12MP wide-angle with all-new sensor, 12MP telephoto. Improved True Tone flash. On the front, TrueDepth 7MP camera has new sensor as well. Image signal processor works with CPU to set exposure, white balance, focus, noise reduction, etc. A12 Bionic does this better than before, but also connects it to the neural engine to do better face detection, facial landmarking with instant red-eye reduction, and better segmentation for portrait mode. 1 trillion operations per photo.






11:10 am: New Smart HDR feature. Takes HDR so much further. If subject is moving, A12 shoots a 4-frame buffer and interframes to bring out details. Plus a long exposure for better shadow detail. Automatically selects best parts of each and combines them for beautiful photos.












11:14 am: Showing examples of Smart HDR photos. Now showing breakthrough bokeh capabilities. New depth slider in portrait mode to adjust depth of field after taking the picture.




11:16 am: iPhone Xs has four microphones to record stereo sound. Showing demo video of cyclists.








11:17 am: Battery life: iPhone Xs has up to 30 minutes more than iPhone X. iPhone Xs Max up to 90 minutes longer than iPhone X.




11:19 am: Dual SIM capability...keep two phone numbers, two different plans, or travel with local plan. Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS): both lines are active, and whichever gets the call goes active. Uses eSIM, and software helps you easily keep track od which line is which. Needs carrier support, and we're working with many to roll it out this fall. Physical SIM and eSIM worldwide on Xs and Xs Max, except in China, where it's dual physical SIMs.


11:21 am: Recapping iPhone Xs features. Lisa Jackson on stage to talk environmental friendliness.

11:23 am: Apple now runs on 100% renewable energy. That includes Apple Park with solar panels and directed biogas. But also our data centers. People said it couldn't be done, but we did it. Now we're on to our next challenge...ending mining of materials. So let's take a look at material innovations in iPhone Xs. Now using recycled tin in the logic board. This prevents mining of over 10,000 tons of tin ore per year. Reducing use of traditional plastics and transitioning to recycled and bio-based.

11:25 am: Focus on durability. Everything back to the iPhone 5s runs iOS 12, and keeping devices longer is the best thing for the planet. And when you're done, we have Apple GiveBack. Bring it in or mail it in, and we'll assess it. Either give you value if it can be reused, or recycle it.

11:26 am: Phil back on stage. So iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max. They are stunning, best phones we've ever made. We want to reach as many customers as we can, so that's why we're excited to show you one more iPhone. Video time!






11:27 am: So excited to introduce you to the iPhone Xr. 7000 series aerospace grade aluminum. Incredible new finishes...white, black, blue, coral, yellow.






11:29 am: Even a Product Red one. All of these have IP67 protection against dust and liquids. Display is what strikes you. LCD, but for the first time goes edge to edge. Most advanced LCD ever in a smartphone...calling it Liquid Retina. 6.1" on the diagonal 1792x828, 326 ppi.






11:30 am: Tap to wake, 120 Hz touch sensitivity, True Tone, wide color, no home button. Same gestures as iPhone X. No 3D Touch, but new feature called Haptic touch. Face ID.






11:32 am: Faster Face ID algorithms, faster Secure Enclave. A12 Bionic chip with real-time machine learning. 12MP single camera. Same exact wide-angle camera as in Xs and Xs Max.




11:32 am: Can do portrait mode photos, showing examples. Same bokeh as Xs and Xs Max, and depth control.


11:34 am: TrueDepth camera with portrait selfies. Battery life 90 minutes longer than iPhone 8 Plus.




11:35 am: Huge day for iPhone...three new models. Showing a product video with Jony Ive.


11:38 am: iPhone Xs is completely uncompromising. iPhone Xs Max has the largest display ever on an iPhone. Custom developed stainless steel in three finishes including new gold. Better water and dust resistance, most durable glass ever on a smartphone. Face ID reinvents secure unlock, login, and payments. A12 Bionic is the smartest and most powerful chip ever in a smartphone. More advanced dual camera system and neural engine takes us to a new era of photography. Smart HDR gives us images like never before.


11:39 am: iPhone Xr integrates the same breakthrough technologies. Entirely new range of finishes. All-screen Liquid Retina display is most advanced and color accurate display in smartphone. Machine learning can recognize subjects, depth of field is adjustable, and more.

11:40 am: iPhone Xr in 64/128/256 GB options starting at $749. Pre-order October 19, shipping October 26.










11:41 am: iPhone Xs in 64/256/512 GB, starts at $999. iPhone Xs Max in same configurations starting at $1099. Pre-order September 14, ships September 21. Second wave comes just a week later on September 28. Fastest geographic rollout we've ever had.


11:41 am: iPhone 7 and 7 Plus from $449, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus from $599.






11:42 am: iOS 12 launches Monday.


11:43 am: Tim Cook back on stage with brief HomePod update. Talking about stereo pairing and AirPlay 2. Identify songs by lyrics, multiple timers, make and receive calls, find your iPhone. Apple TV to get Dolby Atmos. Updates coming Monday.


11:44 am: macOS Mojave coming September 24.

11:44 am: Tim is now recapping today's announcements.


11:46 am: Tim thanking everyone for watching, and everyone at Apple. Event is over.


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Jon Woods, the former state senator, got a whopping 18-year federal prison sentence last week from Judge Timothy Brooks, who described Woods' criminality as "grotesque" and "depraved."

Jon Woods, the former state senator, got a whopping 18-year federal prison sentence last week from Judge Timothy Brooks, who described Woods' criminality as "grotesque" and "depraved."

They are words suitable for a legislative culture that he encouraged and which argues persuasively for term limits.

So far, Woods, Micah Neal, Jake Files, Eddie Cooper, Hank Wilkins, Mickey Gates and Jeremy Hutchinson have been accused or convicted of recent crimes. But felonious corruption is only part of the story.

Nearly every Republican legislator in Northwest Arkansas pumped money into the criminal enterprise known as Ecclesia College. One of them, Sen. Bart Hester (R-Cave Springs), also sent money to a preacher pal from the unconstitutional General Improvement Fund handouts and his only regret seemed to be that he hadn't sent more.

Sen. Jim Hendren (R-Sulphur Springs), the governor's nephew and Jeremy Hutchinson's cousin, became an ethics crusader this year — after indictments started. But it turns out he'd gotten a bribe offer from Woods in 2012 and declined to cooperate with the FBI on snaring Woods. He spent four years working with him on big issues without a peep about the crook, guest of honor at a campaign fundraiser featuring Uncle Asa shortly before Woods abruptly withdrew from the race, expecting an indictment.

Big issues? Under the guise of "ethics reform," Woods engineered a constitutional amendment that has all but tripled legislative pay and extended the time they may serve in office. He also helped work out a mulligan system for ethics violations and protected a fat pay supplement through untaxed per diem. This has created a class of legislators, like Woods, who have no visible means of support outside of signing the attendance sheet for interim committee meetings.

If that's not enough money, another legislator described to the FBI how Woods had counseled him on creating a bogus job as paid "consultant" to nonprofit agencies that depend on state funding.

Jeremy Hutchinson and former Senate President Michael Lamoureux provide the template. They landed consultant and legal fees from private business, special interest lobbies and agencies that draw from the multibillion-dollar Medicaid budget.

There are other ways to make friends. Jake Files' proposal to limit lawsuits against nursing homes couldn't have hurt him in receiving an $80,000 advance from a nursing home executive. Bob Ballinger sent money to Ecclesia, which then hired him to do legal work on land deals financed with money he sent the college.

No telling how many lucrative favors Rusty Cranford, lobbyist and health company executive, passed out to legislators on his way to a multicount federal indictment. Sen. Linda Chesterfield (D-Little Rock), for example, was paid a fee by one of Cranford's employers to deliver a talk on diversity. It was duly reported as income by Chesterfield. But really. Is it a good idea, even if legal, for a company receiving Medicaid money to hire legislators for speech-making?

So much rot and so little space. After the Arkansas Supreme Court outlawed use of tax money to pay private chambers of commerce, Jon Woods worked up an amendment to legalize the payments. That money subsidizes salaries of people who favor lawsuit limits, low pay, poor unemployment and workers comp benefits and miserly health care. It should be no surprise that they don't want term limits to shorten the tenure of experienced public servants like Jon Woods.


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The much awaited successor to the iPhone X is here. Apple has launched the brand new iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, shedding the ‘Plus’ tag for its smartphone.

Design:

 

The devices are made of surgical grade stainless steel and have a gold finish on the front and glass back. The devices also have rounded corners. Apple claims to have used the most durable glass ever in a smartphone for the display. The devices also have a silver and space grey finish other than the gold finish. The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max have IP68 dust and water protection.

Display:

The iPhone Xs has a Super Retina OLED, 5.8 inch display. This is a bigger display than the iPhone 8 Plus but an overall smaller device in size. The device has a native resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels and a pixel density of 458 ppi.

The iPhone Xs Max has a massive 6.5 inch with a Super Retina OLED display. The display has a resolution of 2688 x 1242 and a pixel density of 458 ppi. The massive size of the iPhone Xs Max allows for a ‘split view’ in some apps while the device is in the horizontal position. This allows for more utility in one app.

The screen on both the devices have a 60 % greater dynamic range, offering better experiences than before.The devices also continue to support 3D touching and have True Tone display.

Processor:

The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max use the highly anticipated A12 Bionic chip. This is the first 7 nanometer production chip in a smartphone and houses  6.9 billion transistors.  The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max have a 6 core CPU. This consists of 2 high performance cores and 4 high efficiency cores. This makes the new iPhone 15 % faster while using 40 % lower power.

The GPU has 4 cores and is  50 % faster than A11 bionic. This gives a  huge jump in graphics, according to Apple. The Neural engine has an 8 core design compared to 2 cores on the A11. It also has Dedicated Machine Learning.

The new A12 bionic can process 5 trillion operations per second. The devices will be available in storage options of upto 512 GB internal storage.The A12 bionic also improves the daily use of the device. It helps apps launch upto 30% faster. Providing a smoother every day experience.

Camera:

 

The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max have a dual rear camera setup. Apple has improved this setup and it features a 12 MP wide lens and a 12 Mp telephoto lens. This is supported by an improved true tone flash.The devices use larger sensors and the lenses have an aperture of f/1.8.The smartphones also have Optical Image Stabilisation

The front camera setup hosts a 7 MP sensor. The front true depth system contains the sensor along with an IR camera and dot projector. This also provides depth in selfie portraits.

The new A12 bionic has an Image signal processor (ISP). This works to automatically adjust exposure, white balance, focus, noise reduction, and many more features whenever an image is taken.The chip also connects the [...]

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I wrote earlier on some of the enterprise implications of Apple’s 2018 iPhone and Apple Watch range. Here are a few more insights on the new range as Apple closes in on selling its two billionth iOS device.iPhone range intelligence Apple now offers ...
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Apple unveils new smartwatch, nears 2 bn devicesApple unveiled a redesigned smartwatch on Wednesday as the California tech giant said it was nearing its two billionth device for its mobile operating system. "We are about to hit a major milestone, we are about to ship our 2 billionth iOS device," Apple chief executive Tim Cook said as he opened a media event expected to unveil a new lineup of iPhones.



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Rachael watched her all-too-handsome lover go through her front door.
First hangover, ouch. He perked up quick though. They probably have some secret remedy they wont share with earthlings.
She went back to bed but couldn’t sleep, so she cleaned the kitchen instead.
“We sure made a mess here last night.”
Bonbon neither agreed nor disagreed. She sat next to her empty food dish and tapped it with her claws out, making a “tink, tink, tink” sound, clearly stating cats want food too.
It promised to be another long and dull day.
Weekend... What would I have done in my old life? Called some friends, gone to the mall, maybe. Now we dont have cars, or phones. I could take the bus, but if I meet anyone who knows me, well theyll take one look and see Im hiding something.
Her relationship with Peter might not be a well-hidden secret anymore, but the fewer people who knew, the better. She wasn’t up to answering questions.
“Meow.”
“What is it? Do you want to go out?”
The cat sat in the window, and Rachael peeked out too. Peter headed down her drive way.
“Already? That can’t be good.”
Bonbon clearly disagreed; she ran for the hall, probably eager to meet him and make him stumble through running around his feet.
When Rachael opened the door and Peter stopped in the doorway, flashing a smile, she realized she’d forgotten to dress. From the look on his face and glittering eyes, he could see her nipples just fine.
“I’m... gonna go get a robe.”
“No...”
He pulled the door shut and reached for her, tugging her close. The strong arm around her erased all sensible thoughts and questions, and she stuttered, “I... I... You...”
He nodded without breaking eye contact, making it seem as if she said something profound.
“You’re right. I left too quickly.”
How am I supposed to think, or talk, when youre this close?
He made it worse through bending even closer, and pausing with his lips an inch or so from hers, murmuring, “I forgot something.”
She closed half the gap between them, skin tingling from having him so close.
“What’s that?”
He didn’t answer; he waited for a second long as a year, brushing his fingers over her neck. Just when she thought he’d finally kiss her, he pulled away, grabbed her nightie, and drew it over her head in a swift movement.
“This. I wanted to take this off. I was going to wait until tonight, but I think I’ll just take it now.”
Seriously? This is torture. He knows how much I want him, doesnt he, Big Meanie.
He smirked, as if able to read her thoughts.
“Outside is calmer than I expected, and I could probably stay a little. Unless you want time alone?”
She wanted to smack him over the chest or something for making her feel so flustered, but she gave up. He was better at waiting than she and would win this game every time.
Pheromones, thats what it is. Not my fault.
His grip on her tightened when she kissed him, but he still withdrew much too quickly.
“What does that mean? Should I stay? I could just leave.”


Operation Earth
Maria Hammarblad

Genre: Space Opera Romance

Publisher: Sadowski Media

Date of Publication: August 30, 2018
Originally published by Desert Breeze August 2013

ISBN: 1722281871
ASIN: B07GZ1ZHH7

Number of pages: 192
Word Count: 49282

Cover Artist: Patty Jansen

Tagline: They’re here. Are you ready?

Book Description:

Seven billion people on Earth go about their daily lives, and no one is prepared when a global EMP slows the world to a crawl. Within days alien soldiers line the streets, and life will never be the same. In the midst of chaos, Rachael Hill struggles to adapt to the new order, doing her best to keep herself and her cat alive.

On a ship far above the planet surface, Peter just got his new Earth name, and can’t even remember his identity from the last world he visited. It’s another day on the job, one more planet on a never-ending list. That is, until Rachael bumps into him, dropping exotic objects all around his feet. His culture taught him females should be obeyed and protected, but he never had an urge to leave himself at a woman’s mercy until now.




About the Author:

Maria Hammarblad is an author and bass player whose fascination with books started early. Before she could read or write, she made her mother staple papers together to resemble books. She drew suns in them and claimed they were "The Sun Book." They were all about the sun.

The four-year-old also claimed her existence on Earth was a mistake, the result of a horrible mix-up, and that her real family would come to bring her home to her own planet at any time. This didn't happen, but her fascination with books and other worlds stayed with her. 

Besides novels, she also writes award-winning screenplays, enjoys photography, and works with animal rescue organizations.








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          FCC Receives Complaints that Lucifer TV Show Is a Plot to Bring About the Apocalypse      Cache   Translate Page      

– The FCC recently released some files, including complaints that Fox Network got for its recently cancelled-then-saved-by-Netflix show Lucifer around the time the pilot aired in late 2015/early 2016, offering a glimpse into the mind of the average citizen you didn't ask for. You know, considering how 2016 went, maybe they weren't all wrong.
– One complaint said the violence inspired by the show would unleash the four horsemen of the apocalypse: "What you disgustingly allow for is profit to take away the miracle of Jesus/God arid portray the Devil as God. It is blasphemy at the highest form and I demand the show be canceled because if you do not those who are disturbed in our society will commit more acts of violence in identification of the show. What is starting to unfold at more rapid rate is the Armageddon and the metaphors of the Four Horseman: war (red), famine (white), plague (black), and death (pale). The red horse has been around for centuries, the white horse has been around for centuries and a third of the world is in famine-no lookat the Mideast and Syria, plague has been around for centuries not having reached its full strength, and God help us when the Pale comes as that is the antichrist/devil himself."
– Another says it will lead to people committing more violence, claiming people in the show kill in the name of Lucifer: "It portrays Lucifer in Holy aspect and people committing murder and evil acts in his name. With gun violence and shooting on the rise from mental illness in society and hate, along with terrorism; Fox 5 needs to be forced to shut this show down. It will lead to more violence in our Country because of the wide-spread pervasive rise in mental illness. Those who are mentally can identify with this show and commit more acts of violence in the Country. Yes, I'm a Catholic and it offends me and 2.0 billion Catholics world-wide because it glorifies the Devil as misunderstood and portrays people committing evil acts in the show as Holy."
– A couple of complaints came from families watching TV with their kids due to television ads that aired in the middle of sports broadcasts: "My grandchildren, ages 10 & 7 were watching the game with me and I couldn't get to the remote fast enough to turn it off quickly enough to avoid them seeing that terrible pornographic content," one said. Another wrote, "The ads came on the first one showed two people naked in bed, the next was a psycho with a knife trying to kill someone on Gotham, next was a Lucifer ad. Each ad was filled with sex and violence and should not be shown on a Saturday afternoon when families are watching TV together." Partial nudity and knife stabbing are the same.
– A less dramatic complaint said, “it depicts Satan interacting with humans during activities considered indecent by the community.” As the earliest trailers indicated, the show is about Lucifer working with the police. Sounds like they're onto something.



January 30, 2016, 9:51 AM:

The TV Show Lucifer (i.e. Devil) is an indecent show that portrays the Devil as misunderstood and as a Godly entity to be worshiped. The show depicts people carrying out acts of violence all the way to heinous murder in the name of and for Lucifer. This show is offensive to me as a Catholic and a Christian, along with being offensive to billions of Christians world-wide. Moreover, it should be offensive to every person of faith that believes in God. As Christian God created himself in human form from the immaculate conception through his only begotten son Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus came into this world to save us from our own thoughts because that is how the Devil works; evil being Lucifer plays upon the emotions of every human being. Every person has wrath/anger in their hearts, as it is an emotion that all of us have to shed from being hurt in this world where manipulation and lies ruin the course/path of humanity that God intended for us to have. I for instance have wrath for those that fired me because I have multiple sclerosis, I have to come to being able to forgive. You are allowing our society that has a
rise in mental illness and gun violence, along with others who are lost and have no hope to identify with a false prophet known as Lucifer. Lucifer/Devil/Daemon evil has many names was once God's highest angel that sat to the left of his throne where the Angel Gabriel now sits and was cast out of Heaven when God created the human race because Lucifer tried to overthrow God because of God's love for us; the human race. What you do not realize just as Jesus said to the disciple Philip "you have been with me all of this time and yet you still do not believe. The Father is the Son and the Son is the Father". Meaning they are one in the same for it is God acting through his son the Savior Jesus that performed all the miracles from raising Lazarus from the Dead to curing the crippled, healing the blind and Leppard. What you disgustingly allow for is profit to take away the miracle of Jesus/God arid portray the Devil as God. It is blasphemy at the highest form and I demand the show be canceled because if you do not those who are disturbed in our society will commit more acts of violence in identification of the show. What is starting to unfold at more rapid rate is the Armageddon and the metaphors of the Four Horseman: war (red), famine (white), plague (black), and death (pale). The red horse has been around for centuries, the white horse has been around for centuries and a third of the world is in famine-no lookat the Mideast and Syria, plague has been around for centuries not having reached its full strength, and God help us when the Pale comes as that is the antichrist/devil himself. In between is a rise in violence an small wars escalating to large ones, along with casttrophic claime events-look at global warming and the storms. Showslike this garbage Lucifer incur the very wrath of God. Cancel the show!


December 10, 2015, 8:41 PM
Idolizations and the glorification of lucifer.


January 28, 2016, 8:50 AM
The Fox 5 Television Show Lucifer is obscene, indecent, and profane in its context. It portrays Lucifer in Holy aspect and people committing murder and evil acts in his name. With gun violence and shooting on the rise from mental illness in society and hate, along with terrorism; Fox 5 needs to be forced to shut this show down. It will lead to more violence in our Country because of the wide-spread pervasive rise in mental illness. Those who are mentally can identify with this show and commit more acts of violence in the Country. Yes, I'm a Catholic and it offends me and 2.0 billion Catholics world-wide because it glorifies the Devil as misunderstood and portrays people committing evil acts in the show as Holy. There is nothing Holy about Lucifer (i.e.. Devil). In scripture Lucifer was once God's highest angel, until Lucifer tried to overthrow God. God is Holy and this is so offensive because to me and other Christians we are only saved by the light of the lamb: Jesus Christ God's only begotten son who was born from the immaculate conception and came into this world to save all of us from Lucifer. You see Lucifer is in the hearts of all human-kind and acts within each of us through playing upon our thoughts that guide our emotions. There is not one person that has not hated someone else and suffers from wrath. Please do not fuel the emotions of people suffering from wrath by allowing them to identify with the Evil of Lucifer that Fox 5 is allowed to portray in the TV Show Lucifer. Cancel the show!


January 10, 2016, 7:27 PM
The commercial on Fox for the Lucifer show during the Wildcard game between the Packers & Redskins was sexually explicit and should not have been show in the afternoon during a family hour time slot.
My grandchildren, ages 10 & 7 were watching the game with me and I couldn't get to the remote fast enough to turn it off quickly enough to avoid them seeing that terrible pornographic content.


November 29, 2015, 2:55 PM

Fox is roLitinely advertising its Lucifer television show during family time. Specifically, the network has been running its promotion during football games on Sunday. The commercial material is offensive and indecent as it depicts Satan interacting with humans during activities considered indecent by the community. This type of promotion should not occur during family time on a Sunday.


November 7, 2015, 10:03 PM

We were watching an Oklahoma State football game at 4:30 in the afternoon on 11/7/2015 on Fox 23 in the Tulsa area. Our children were both in the room watching it with us. The ads came on the first one showed two people naked in bed, the next was a psycho with a knife trying to kill someone on Gotham, next was a Lucifer ad. Each ad was filled with sex and violence and should not be shown on a Saturday afternoon when families are watching TV together. This was not an issue not too long ago because adult TV ads were saved for adult TV times, after 7 or so. It is ridiculous that we can not watch a football game as a family without having to worry about the kids seeing something inappropriate in the middle of the day.



February 4, 2016, 9:13 AM
Fox 5 has aired a new show entitled Lucifer that depicts the Devil as Jesus/God, which is blasphemous and indecent so much so to call the show off. If this were being done to the Muslim religion and Muhammed you would pull the show to prevent violence. This show depicts violence and sex as portrayed by the characters as being done for good in the name of Lucifer who the show portrays as misunderstood and in the same light as Jesus/God. With the rise of mental illness and anger in society leading to shooting deaths do you really want on mainstream T.V. a program that depicts violence and sex being done falsely in the name of good and Jesus/God? As a Christian this is grossly offensive because this show is insult to Jesus and the very sacrifice he gave for us all. This Country has become more worried about offending Muslims and their false belief that Muhammed is God. Muhammed is not God and no prophet would profess, violence as acceptable means for advancing the interests of a people. Only a false prophet does that. There is a difference between Jesus the living God because he is the Messiah and every other so called idol God that other religions worship. Jesus never professed violence as acceptable all the way up to his own death! Cancel the show.



ONTD, were you ever not allowed to watch, read, or listen to something because of religious reasons?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZxenUmWsac Advertisers love Facebook. In fact, they pour money into it. The company's financial results say it all: Facebook raked in over $13 billion from ads just in the last quarter. A new lawsuit is now asking a basic question: Are those ads working? The lawsuit, filed by InvestorVillage.com , claims that Facebook misleads advertisers about how effective it is. "Facebook's advertising pitch is that you can put into the program exactly your target audience," says Seth Lesser, a lawyer who representing InvestorVillage in the case. "Facebook says, we can get you those such people at 89 percent accuracy." InvestorVillage, a site that offers online discussion forums on investing, recently spent around $1,600 on two Facebook ad campaigns. The ads were targeted at people with an interest in the stock market, incomes of at least $250,000 and a college education. The ads got a lot of likes, but the company says when it looked closer, at least 40 percent of
          'We, The People' Versus Piketty's Pandering Principles      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Michael Lebowitz via RealInvestmentAdvice.com,

We want capitalism and market forces to be the slave of democracy rather than the opposite.” – Thomas Piketty

The essential underlying elements of supply, demand, scarcity, and prosperity described in our first article in this series, The Forgotten Path to Prosperity, are keys to gaining a better understanding of what constitutes a well-functioning economy. In this article, we further consider those dynamics and within that context begin to evaluate why current economic growth is stagnating. Our view necessarily advocates for a focus on supply-side economics. In other words, the talent, skills, and work that people do to acquire resources and how the resulting productivity growth from those endeavors most effectively relieves scarcity and poverty.

In his best-selling book Capitalism in the 21st Century, Thomas Piketty advocates for a mandated redistribution of wealth through a progressive global tax. His perspective of economics centers on the allocation of resources and making sure that it is fair and just. What is made very clear in Piketty’s arguments is that he and a few other intellectual elites, so-called “Davos-men,” ultimately know better than the collective decision-making of the citizens of a nation about how resources should be allocated and what should be mandated as “fair and just.” Piketty and many other economists elect to ignore the fact that the world runs most fairly and efficiently when individuals are free to pursue their separate interests. Said differently, free-market capitalism, although imperfect, remains the single best means of relieving people from the ubiquity of scarcity. As we have repeatedly seen throughout history, nations that relinquish their liberties to oligarchs crumble from the inside-out.

Importantly, Piketty’s idea runs perfectly counter to the central precepts laid out in the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Pledge of Allegiance, and scores of other important documents that foster the basic tenets of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in this country.  The challenges capitalism and free markets face are not due to a lack of government imposition of laws and regulation to ensure fairness and justice, they are due to the failure of the United States government to do the primary thing incumbent upon it – defend the rights of liberty as laid out in the founding documents of our country. What Piketty suggests implies a massive expansion of government power in ways that would at a minimum erode and at worst destroy the vitality and dynamism of a capitalistic and free market society. What is most worrisome is that these concepts are not just the ruminations of the latest economic “rock star,” they are fully in play in every developed nation and go a long way toward explaining the accumulation of sovereign debt and the deterioration of economic growth in those countries.

Data Courtesy: Bank of International Settlements (BIS)

Unwanted Intrusions

Economic inequality is and always has been a feature of human existence. The degree of inequality ebbs and flows across time and geography but will never be eradicated because scarcity is also a permanent feature of human existence. Yet, for a variety of complex reasons, western civilization enjoyed an economic system that delivered unmatched prosperity and economic equality over the last 500 years and nowhere was it more pronounced than in the United States of America.

Capitalism does not solve the perpetual and age-old problem of poverty, but it offers an advantage to those societies who trust in it and depend on the government to protect against unwanted intrusions, especially those emanating from the government itself. Societies are most prosperous where individuals are incentivized to be productive because their individual liberties and private property are protected. Those societies imposed upon by over-bearing governments issuing mandates about how earnings and property will be re-directed are less prosperous and eventually bankrupt themselves.

Free Markets and the Freedom to Choose

As described in The Forgotten Path to Prosperity, everyone has a set of ideas about how markets function.  These ideas are established on the basis of our everyday experiences about how we will use our resources.  Our decision-making is prioritized by attending to those things we need first and then, provided the budget allows, moving on to those things we want – needs and desires. Whether at the grocery store or in the executive suite of a multi-national corporation, economic choices are framed in the context of economic reasoning.

Resources are limited so individuals must make decisions – choices – about how to best use the resources he or she has.  At the same time, we accumulate resources by engaging in productive activities, through the use of the factors of production – land, labor and capital – and productive activities are enabled and enhanced by the freely collaborative efforts among and between people.

With Liberty and Justice for All

So how does one go about being “freely collaborative”? What is it about a culture or society that is constrained from being so? We take such benefits for granted in the United States but even here many of those foundational freedoms are eroding.  What is really being described here is liberty which means “I rule myself.” It is a “negative right” that restrains other people or governments by limiting their actions toward the right holder.  By contrast, a “positive right” provides someone with a claim against another person or the state for some good or service (i.e., housing, healthcare, education). Liberty represents an individual’s freedom from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior or political views. In other words, liberty (and freedom) can best be defined as a condition in which a man’s will regarding his own person and property is unopposed by any other will. The limits to liberty, according to Thomas Jefferson, are “drawn around us by the equal rights of others.”

The 17th-century philosopher (and indirect contributor to the Declaration of Independence), John Locke framed it this way:

“All men are naturally in a state of perfect freedom to order their actions and dispose of their possessions and persons as they think fit, within the bounds of the law of Nature, without asking leave or depending upon the will of any other man.”

Paraphrasing Jefferson and Locke, we should be allowed to do whatever we want, so long as we do not impose upon or hurt others in doing it.

Reflecting for a moment on those important closing words in the Pledge of Allegiance, “with liberty and justice for all,” we may now have a grasp on liberty but what does this have to do with justice or Thomas Piketty, for that matter?

Thomas Piketty envisions a world, quite literally a global government authority, which actively redistributes wealth, resources and property as that authority sees fit and fair without regard for the liberties of individuals. Social justice does not and cannot reconcile with the form of justice that is referenced in The Pledge of Allegiance precisely because it is adjoined to liberty. Social justice requires an imposition on some members of society in order for others to receive positive rights assigned to them. It means someone else rules over the choices and resources taken from me. The only justice that can be “for all” involves defending negative rights – prohibitions laid out against others, especially the government, to prevent unwanted impositions and intrusions.

Summary

An increasingly interventionist government, either through un-elected and unaccountable authorities like those at the Federal Reserve or those elected by constituents who demand more positive rights, will continually stray from its delegated authority. The erosion of negative rights in the name of “fairness” and “justice” achieves neither. Free markets are not allowed to function fluidly as Fed officials step in to bailout hedge funds and bankers in the name of “the greater good.” Economic growth deteriorates as capital is used to buy back stock to boost executive compensation instead of being invested in long-term growth and innovation. Entire industries wither kept alive only by artificially low-interest rates leeching resources from others who might use them more productively. Standards of living deteriorate as the cost of housing, healthcare, and education skyrocket while worker pay remains stagnant. All of these examples and many others can be found in today’s post-crisis economy and serve as markers for poor growth, weak productivity, and broad public dissatisfaction. They point to misguided policies that subordinate the inalienable, negative rights of liberty to the selfish demands of a society that risk losing her most precious asset – the talents and contributions of an inspired and motivated population.

If, as Piketty advocates in the opening quote, capitalism and market forces are to be the slave of democracy, then democracy will most assuredly be the slave to corruption. Piketty’s wish is to subordinate the cumulative independent decisions and property rights of billions of human beings – basic liberties – to a few pious intellectual elites claiming to know what is best for the global population. Without these liberties, capitalism and market forces will be neither subject to honest men elected to represent a constituency nor capable of carrying out the duties of sponsoring free collaboration. The Davos Men will rule and they will direct markets and capital as they wish (and to their benefit) picking their winners until the façade collapses under the weight of the bulging obligations of socialism. The problem with socialism, as Margaret Thatcher pointed out, is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.

To restate Milton Friedman yet again:

There is no alternative way so far discovered of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.”


          The Real Contagion Threat Is Political      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Tom Luongo,

The real danger to the current institutional order was just demonstrated in Sweden. While I’ve talked at length about the potential financial contagion stemming from the implosion of multiple emerging market currencies it is the growing political crisis in Europe that will shape our future.

Sweden is The Land where Socialism Works, or so I keep getting told by ignorant leftists who cling to the power fantasy that central planning is the only way to make the trains run on time.

Central planning does do that, but only to deliver people into the nightmare of social disorder brought on by the disruption of the natural flow of capital.

Venezuela, South Africa, Soviet Union, post WWII Britain ... you get the idea.

But, the effects of the collectivist mindset are far more pernicious than those extreme examples.  And it is important we understand how little policies grow into big problems over time due to shaping people’s decisions through government edicts.

Corps Insanity

There is no better example for what I’m talking about than the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  A completely useless organization which sucks up billions in tax money to straighten rivers, build dams and alter the landscape to fit the needs of whoever paid Congress the most in lobbying money that year.

They engage in projects that cannot easily be done in the free market, nor should be done. But their activity creates downstream effects from their meddling which multiply over years and lead to problems which are orders of magnitude larger than they would have ever become naturally.

The Red Tides occurring off the Florida coast now are a political cudgel being swung at Governor Rick Scott to prevent him from moving up to U.S. Senator over his ‘environmental record.’  Now I’m no fan of Skeletor, as we call him down here, but these charges are simply grandstanding.

Because anyone who has an ounce of decency, intellectual honesty or passing acquaintance with history knows that the seeds of South Florida’s environmental nightmares are a product of the Corps of Engineers altering the landscape to serve Big Sugar and Big Corn.

These are two crops we shouldn’t even be growing (along with Soy and rapeseed) no less subsidizing due to their horrific effects on human health and development.  And this is another downstream effect of government meddling.

The real epidemic in the U.S. sapping our national wealth is not the rise of opioid use (though terrible) or the trade deficit it is diabetes and auto-immune diseases brought on by two generations of bad diet and ruinous food.

Health care and Big Pharma cost us trillions in easily avoided health problems due to the erroneous idea that human dietary needs are well-served by eating like my goats.

They aren’t.  Hell, even my goats spend most of their lives in ketosis.

This, again, is a product of government meddling into our food choices by diverting capital via farm subsidies and other bureaucratic structures built through the collective action of the ballot box.

So, a $200 million river straightening project turns into a multi-generational multi-trillion dollar loss of productive capital trying to keep people alive a little longer after a lifetime of eating like pigs being fattened for slaughter.

Okay, maybe that was the plan overall.

Rising Tides, Falling Boats

But, back to Sweden.  The results from the Swedish elections are another data point that populism is, well, popular.  The surge in popularity of the Sweden Democrats was strong enough to throw into flux the formation of a new government as support for the ruling Social Democrats has collapsed.

Where have we heard this story before?  Oh, only like all over freaking Europe.

What started with Brexit, carried across the pond to Trump, and spread to the continent in Italy, France, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, the Czech Republic and Germany which has now crossed back over the Baltic Sea to Sweden.

And still the political Left refuses to acknowledge the legitimacy of the concerns of voters, clinging desperately to the narrative that this is simply fringe ‘alt-right’ or ‘far-right Nazism’ rearing its head in an adolescent ab reaction to their very sensible and humanitarian policies.

They are supported in this delusion by the architects of the immigration nightmare in Europe who are quick to label anything vaguely sniffing of cultural pride as ‘extremism’ to shame apolitical and conscientious folks into staying within this failing paradigm of cultural suicide.

It is not working and thank the gods for it.

Whether the Sweden Democrats’ share of the vote is large enough for them to enter the government is irrelevant in the end.  Sweden’s political system is backward, but, hey, who am I to judge.

No one, actually, and that is the point.

The surge in popularity is what matters. And if they are excluded and things in Sweden continue as they are, then it will only serve up an even bigger voter backlash the next time they go to the polls if the government can even survive that long.

What’s is relevant is the contagion brought on by the downstream effects of one government intervention begetting a complete overhaul of the political landscape.

Europe is balkanizing.

Potential Post-EU map of Europe: Source @scottskingharry

Cultural Suicide Postponed

National cultures and community pride are sources of societal strength. The proponents of the Open Society and cultural homogenization are tone-deaf to the realities of forcing change because it is ‘the right thing to do’ or ‘the right thing to advocate.’

All it does is betray their totalitarian urge to force people they look down on to be better by first demonizing them for being racist and then acting out their own racism by forcing on their political opponents a life they do not want.

And the minute these long-suffering, abused people stand up for themselves and say, “No more” to their once peaceful communities being torn asunder by acid-throwing, gang-raping, rudderless immigrant males their reaction is to cry, “Racist!”

But that’s not working anymore.  What is working is the two-edged sword of political power.  Those that live by it will eventually hang from the rafters by it unless they willingly step aside and admit defeat with a modicum of grace and humility.

Given the reactions from the politically powerful all across Europe and the U.S. to this critical shift in the political landscape that is the last thing on their minds.

And that’s the most tragic irony of this entire period of history.  The very people who champion communitarianism and democracy as their highest ideal fear the power they have used so indiscriminately will be used against them when they lose it.

And their losses are mounting.

That’s what is inflaming their hatred and violence.  Abject terror of the backlash.  It is why this political contagion is the catalyst for global financial and economic collapse.  It’s already here in the form of emerging market upheaval. Faith in the institutions which circumscribe our lives is what props up currencies and, ultimately, asset values.

Politics got us into this mess.  It will not get us out of it.  The Great Reset is coming.  And you need to be prepared.

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According to CNN, although some people may publicly oppose President Donald Trump… They don’t entirely have a problem with his daughter, Ivanka Trump. For example YouTube star Casey Neistat encouraged his followers to support Hillary Clinton during the election.Yet the vlogger continues to like Ivanka’s Instagram posts, saying he knew her before her father went into politics. Another friend of Ivanka is Democratic donor and billionaire Marc Lasry.
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According to TechSci Research report, “Global Mattress Market Research Report By Product Type, By Size, By End Use, By Region, Competition Forecast and Opportunities, 2013-2023”, the global mattress market is forecast to reach $ 42 billion by 2023. Growth in the global mattress market is anticipated on account of decreasing replacement cycle of mattress, growing

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          Is fracking the key to U.S. energy independence?      Cache   Translate Page      
(U.S. Edition) The Congressional Budget Office has new numbers about the federal deficit, and they say it's only getting bigger. Billions bigger. Also, Apple is expected to announce a trio of new iPhones along with updates to some other products, but this time with the specter of the trade conflict with China hanging over it. Then, we look at oil and how the U.S. is on pace to be the third largest oil producer in the world, thanks to the process of fracking. But an author told us that the U.S. is still a long way from energy independence. Today's episode is sponsored by Indeed (indeed.com/marketplace) and Michigan Economic Development Corporation (planetm.com). (09/12/2018)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — As a major hurricane menaces the East Coast, Congress is moving to avert a legislative disaster that could lead to a partial government shutdown just weeks before the November midterm elections. Senators approved a $147 billion package Wednesday night to fund the Energy Department, veterans’ programs and the legislative branch. The bill […]
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French President Emmanuel Macron's government plans to spend 8 billion euros ($9.3 billion) to tackle poverty, its spokesman said in a newspaper interview released on Wednesday.
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A wide-ranging report commissioned by Google attempts to assess its economic impact across many of its services, from Search to AdSense, to Youtube.
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Not quite: Susan Collins doesn’t like the fact that progressive groups are soliciting pledges of small donations to give to her opponent in a future election should she vote for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. But nothing illegal is going on, Richard L. Hasen writes. Individuals are simply doing what they’re allowed to do under current campaign finance law.

Yes, but: Donald Trump is taking credit for the economy’s growth. In some ways, it makes sense, Jordan Weissmann writes. But Trump supporters should be honest about exactly which of the president’s actions to credit.

No more black and white: Zachary Siegel is tired of glum photography of the opioid epidemic that shows only disaster.

I’d do it differently: Inkoo Kang interviews the creator of BoJack Horseman, who wants to go on record regretting his choices when it comes to the diversity of his cast and writers.

For fun: When celebs date.

It’s easy,

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          Susan Collins Complains of “Bribery” After Nonbillionaires Try to Influence Her Kavanaugh Vote      Cache   Translate Page      

On Monday, Sen. Susan Collins accused political opponents of Judge Brett Kavanaugh of attempted “bribery.” The charge itself is without any legal merit whatsoever. That complaints about the campaign finance effort came from Collins, Republican election lawyer Cleta Mitchell, and an aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell make the episode almost too rich to be believed. Their cries of bribery, illegality, and lack of principle lay bare the bankrupt campaign finance system that Mitchell and McConnell helped create and that Collins has contributed to with previous Supreme Court votes and will supersize with her likely vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

Collins labeled as a “bribe” a fundraising plan by two progressive Maine groups, aided by the company Crowdpac, to raise funds for Collins’ eventual opponent in 2020. People are pledging to give money via Crowdpac to that unknown future opponent, but donors will only be charged for the donation if Collins votes “yes” on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. As of Tuesday night, the groups reported pledged donations of more than $1 million, with a $1.3 million goal. There were more than 39,000 individual pledges ranging from $1 to the maximum allowable donation to a candidate of $2,700.

Now we can argue about whether the political threat to Collins funded by tens of thousands of small donations should be illegal. But claims by Mitchell and others that the fundraising effort is illegal are wrong, in part thanks to the deregulated campaign finance system that Mitchell and others have helped to create through litigation and a sympathetic Supreme Court.

Mitchell pointed Newsmax to a federal bribery statute, Title 18, Section 201 of the U.S. Code, which makes it a crime when someone “directly or indirectly gives, offers, or promises anything of value to any public official … for or because of any official act performed or to be performed by such public official.” Mitchell said: “These people have conspired to do just that—they are dangling a fairly substantial ‘thing of value’—namely, $1 million to be given or not given to Sen. Collins’ opponent, in exchange for her vote on a specific matter before the Congress.”

But the Maine groups did not violate section 201. The groups are not promising anything of value to Collins to vote in a particular way; nor are they promising anything to Collins’ (now unknown) opponent for the opponent to vote in a certain way. This behavior does not come close to violating the federal bribery statute. And it’s not the first time Mitchell has made wholly unsubstantiated claims of campaign finance violations against political opponents.

And what about reading this statute or other federal statutes to prevent what might look like extortion of Collins to vote in a particular way? Well, the Supreme Court has told us in cases like 2010’s Citizens United that large amounts of money sloshing around the system are just fine so long as they are not given by an individual directly to candidates. So long as there is no direct quid pro quo—dollars for political favors—all is fine.

And the behavior of the two Maine progressive groups is not unusual, expect for the fact that it is funded by small donors. This is demonstrated easily by looking at the behavior of those shouting bribery the loudest. As Adam Smith noted, although Sen. John Cornyn boosted Collins’ bribery complaints, back in January he was urging the Koch brothers to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to reward the Republican Party for tax cuts benefiting wealthy donors. This came after big donors threatened to withhold money until Republicans got that tax bill passed. That’s closer to Mitchell’s claims of “bribery” than what the Maine groups are doing. Indeed, a 2014 report by Ohio State University law professors Dan Tokaji and Renata Strause found that threats by super PACs to spend against incumbents if they don’t vote the way the super PAC donors want is an everyday Washington occurrence.

Perhaps the chutzpah award, though, should go to Sen. McConnell’s deputy chief of staff Don Stewart, who urged “every Maine Democrat … to refuse to accept this tainted funding” as the “principled” thing to do.

Not only has McConnell been one of the most ardent opponents of campaign finance regulation, arguing that people should be able to give unlimited contributions directly to candidates as a matter of the First Amendment, he’s also been the key to keeping the Supreme Court in a position to strike down these laws with his blockade two years ago of Judge Merrick Garland. Garland would have been a key vote to uphold many campaign finance limits, had he been confirmed to the Supreme Court. Thanks to McConnell’s unprecedented obstruction, the judge didn’t even get a hearing.

Now with the confirmation of Justice Gorsuch last year, and the likely confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh in the coming weeks thanks to Collins’ key vote, things are going to get much worse. As I explained recently in Slate, Judge Kavanaugh is a self-professed outlier when it comes to the First Amendment, agreeing with McConnell that there are constitutional problems with limiting the amount of money that candidates can directly accept.

If the Maine story has a silver lining, it is this: So long as the Supreme Court is going to keep the money spigot open for wealthy donors, some of the rest of us appear to be at least trying to pool together resources to attempt to fight back. An arms race between the superrich and everyone else to try to influence legislative outcomes is far from ideal, but it is better than wholly ceding the ground to the plutocrats.


          Trump Administration Redirected $10 Million From FEMA to ICE at Start of Hurricane Season      Cache   Translate Page      

A budget document made public by Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley on Tuesday shows the Trump Administration redirected nearly $10 million in funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the time the agency expanded its arrests and detention numbers under the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that led to the separations of hundreds of families.

That $10 million, a tiny fraction of FEMA’s multibillion-dollar budget, was requested from areas such as “preparedness and protection” and “response and recovery” to help with ICE expenses related to housing and transportation of immigrants detained by ICE. In the document, which was prepared by the Department of Homeland Security and sent to Congress over the summer, the agency argued that without the transferred funds, ICE “will not be able to fulfill its adult detention requirements in FY 2018,” creating what it called a public danger by forcing them to release undocumented immigrants in their custody and limiting the agency’s ability to make “criminal alien and fugitive arrests.”

Some, including DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton, contended that the absence of that particular $10 million would not damage any relief efforts. The document noted that the funding taken from FEMA would affect training, travel, public engagement, and IT support, along with other basic routine operating expenses.

But the news, made public as the potentially catastrophic Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas and as Trump pledged that his administration was “sparing no expense” in preparation, evoked outrage in others, particularly among those who believe that proper funding for even routine expenses at FEMA is necessary to support the agency’s work in the aftermath of Florence and to prepare for the possibility of any future natural disasters. The Washington Post reported that former FEMA officials called the funds necessary to the agency’s mission, regardless of whether they were dedicated specifically to disaster relief.

Merkley, who found the document while seeking ways to combat the child separations, called it a “scandal,” linking it to the financial pressures of family detentions at the border and pointing out that it was drafted at the start of the hurricane season. “And for what?” he said. “To implement their profoundly misguided ‘zero tolerance’ policy.”

On Tuesday, Trump also angered critics by bragging that his administration’s handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year was “an incredible, unsung success.” According to updated estimates from the territory’s government, the hurricane caused nearly 3,000 deaths on the island.


          Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Wednesday September 12th , 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

Domain Shane Domain Shane:
 
I hate losing a deal over a $300 but I lost one yesterday over exactly that amount.  I had an offer for $3500 from a broker at eName.  I told them I wanted $5500.  I do think it will be worth more down the road but you can say that about all domains .   They countered with $3700 and pay fees.  I said no.  After thinking about it I decided that I would take $4K and they pay fees.  I wanted to get my account built back up for a LLL.com purchase and figured this was a decent return and would cash out.    But they held steady at $3700 and said that was final offer.   My $4000 was also my final offer so we canceled the negotiation.  The name was Z95.com
What’s $300?  In this case I was on the fence on whether to sell.  I had mentioned that I was going to auction some names including that one at Namejet but I decided to do what I have done the last year and just wait.  I was immediately vindicated when the offer came in on Z95.  “See, that’s why you wait” was my thought.   I have no desire to sell any of my names like this for less than $5k so I was already taking the 20% off what I wanted.   I justified it to myself by saying that’s how much they would take off if I  sold it on afternic or somewhere that charges a commission (yes I know its less many places).  To take it less than that would be below my number.  So I passed.  Maybe I regret it later, maybe I sell it for more.  And honestly I thought they would have taken the $4K.  They too were probably on the fence and I’m sure the broker was charging them a buyers fee on top.  Of course I’ll post here when I do finally sell it and see if my passing was a good idea or not.   Here are today’s names. Click through to see the current price
 
Quote of the Day: 
 Domain of the Day:  
 Namejet and Sedo Names 
Jobstar.com   23 bids.   Perfect name for an Indeed.com like site.  22 years old.  $36,000 Estibot
Sedo’s Crypto Auction starts tomorrow. Here is a sneak preview of all the names
IEZ.com  Met reserve at under $16K
eBookReader.com  Too generic for me but I know some will like it
COKC.com  I almost bought this one on Namepros.  Liked that it ended in C.   Be curious to see if my valuation was right.  Minus commission that is and the fact I’m promoting it
FactoryTech.com  Met reserve at $91
TheSportsCafe.com  Dozens of places around the world called this.  One in Abu Dahbi
KHSA.com  The LLLL ending in A have been doing very well lately.   The is an expiry name so no reserve
PNOA.com  I like this one even more
Godaddy Domains That I Like With Multiple Bids
GamesApp.com  Top price and number of bids on the board.  I’m sure they are asking 3 times this price for Games.app
KingsRoad.com   Already a pretty popular Massively multiplayer online role-playing game.    1998 birthday which is way before the game
UBFit.com  Sounds like a fitness app or website
GriefCounseling.com   Plenty of tragedies in the world to give this big value.  Solid marketing name if you offer this service
QuickTrades.com   Look at this price and think how much the singular would be worth
BetsInternational.com     Sports gambling name ready and waiting
UrbanOutdoor.com  Sounds like a name that’s a combination of everything in the Mall
RZUN.com   Don’t just run….rzun
BestPlasticSurgeon.com   Because you know tens of thousands of people type exactly this into Google
Marrick.com   Google shows dozens of companies named Marrick
82348.com  4 isn’t slowing it down because its before an 8
Glucosa.com  Sounds like a sports drink or a some supplement of some type
MightyGroup.com   Godaddy likes this one.  Has it valued at $4500
Mepis.com    5L getting a few bids over $100
 
Godaddy Domains With No Bids
L22.com  My name.  Trying to raise a little cash.  I have a pretty good reserve on it but I have received some pretty good offers for it in the last year.
4Marijuana.com  Only one bidder at $12.  I would think this would be worth more than a case of beer
BakedClothing.com  another canna name
Oregon.me  ZERO bids on the this geo.me   Wow, dot me really has fallen for this not to get a bid
Alaska.me  Another one!!!!   We make the best music
MerchantCom.com  I usually don’t like com before com but Merchant services is a multi billion dollar industry
Tycana.com  Like it although I would like tycanna better
TikiSpa.com  upgrade name for several island spas that share the name
GuidesForHire.com  I don’t like names that require directory buildouts but this one is cheap and lets you know exactly what their going to get on site
Bowry.com  5L with no bids.  Bow like bow and arrow or hair
Urban65.com  In case you only have $12 and can’t buy UrbanOutdoors
RideHarder.com  Good marketing name for a bicycle company or sports equipment.  No bids
THCVentures.com  Already a few things called this but evidently one didn’t quite make it
 
OTHER Godaddy Domains With Bids
68Visa.com
888guolu.com
8Kim.com
AscotPark.com
AsGreenAsItGets.org
AustinAreaHomeSchoolers.com
Brazzez.com
BusinessBotique.com
CarLoanToday.com
CG121.com
ChateauCaribbean.com
ClassicsApp.com
CosmicPrison.com
CoversResource.com
CTPaul.com
CustomHolistics.com
Dementium2.com
DesignersPalace.com
DNVLcom
DWF.cc
EdgeGamers.org
ElectricSkateboardReviews.net
ElegantRoseMassage.com
eMedia.net
FeelgoodTime.net
floydsusedcarsllc.com
Free-Downloadable-Games.org
FreeSlimes.com
fw818.com
GetHuli.com
GoldcoastPoolFencing.com
GolfLongGame.com
Gunlishou.com
Hapoeluta.com
HealthyConnection.net
HeartLadApps.com
HomeRank.com
HotelManagementServices.com
Hulingjia.com
HZHeee.com
MobileHospitality.com
MyAdSpayMent.com
Nonequilibrium.net
NorthPennBridge.com
OldEngineShed.com
OnePlus6.com
OneUrbanReport.com
Online-Passport-Info.com
PetCareShop.com
PlatinumCarDoffer.com
PromoCon.com
PublishMovie.com
RackRacerClothing.com
SafewayAutos.com
SelectRealSecurity.com
SimplyBellaWebDesign.com
SkinDrops.com
StanFordsComedyClub.com
SundayShow.com
tamilmemes.com
Teens.me
ThisIsFire.com
Ting2ge.com
ToEarth.com
Twidlla.com
VoltMobile.com
WebspaceHosting.com
WFUJ.com
WineStorageGuide.com
WolkenInvestments.com
WomenSeekingSugarDaddy.com
Wreckem.com
www-workfromhome.com
xinqishe.com
xyjzkc.com
YGUB.com
YogaWonders.com
Yunyoushe.com
YYSheji.com
ZhiyuanHong.com
Have a name at auction and need more exposure? Send me an email. We Charge $10 per name per day. We may be able to help. If you have an auction you want to promote, email us for details.*All names chosen by us, Shane and Josh . (ie you click through and purchase a name you like) or an occasional paid listing. Everything we say is based on our own research or is opinion. Do your own due diligence. That means look it up yourself if you don’t think the stats or our opinion is correct. We hand choose the names but we are paid to make this list by both the auction houses, individuals that are auctioning names, and Godaddy affiliate links. Keep that in mind and only buy names that YOU think are good
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          Advertising On Facebook: Is It Worth It?      Cache   Translate Page      
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZxenUmWsac Advertisers love Facebook. In fact, they pour money into it. The company's financial results say it all: Facebook raked in over $13 billion from ads just in the last quarter. A new lawsuit is now asking a basic question: Are those ads working? The lawsuit, filed by InvestorVillage.com , claims that Facebook misleads advertisers about how effective it is. "Facebook's advertising pitch is that you can put into the program exactly your target audience," says Seth Lesser, a lawyer who representing InvestorVillage in the case. "Facebook says, we can get you those such people at 89 percent accuracy." InvestorVillage, a site that offers online discussion forums on investing, recently spent around $1,600 on two Facebook ad campaigns. The ads were targeted at people with an interest in the stock market, incomes of at least $250,000 and a college education. The ads got a lot of likes, but the company says when it looked closer, at least 40 percent of
          9/13/2018: TIMES BUSINESS: Exports rise 19% in Aug on rising global crude      Cache   Translate Page      
New Delhi: The country’s exports grew 19.2% in August as a rise in global crude prices helped increase the value of shipments of petroleum products. “Export trade during August 2018 recorded at $27.8 billion, a positive growth of 19.2%. Exports...
          9/12/2018: FP SASKATOON: CHINA SEEKS $7B IN SANCTIONS ON U.S.      Cache   Translate Page      

China told the World Trade Organization on Tuesday it wanted to impose US$7 billion a year in sanctions on the U.S. in retaliation for Washington’s non-compliance with a ruling in a dispute over U.S. dumping duties. The request for authorization from...
          Mercedes Schneider: The Important NPE Report on Dark Money and How You Can Learn to Follow the Money      Cache   Translate Page      
Mercedes Schneider reviews the new NPE report “Hijacked by Billionaires” and discusses her role in its early days. She adds: “For those wishing for more insight on following the money behind elections, I can offer another resource. Along with New York professor, researcher, and journalist, Andrea Gabor, Darcie Cimarusti and I will be participating in […]
          The fast rising price of ‘Dutertenomics’      Cache   Translate Page      
* This is my first article in the Asia Times, published last month. More than 2,700 shares as of today, thanks readers.


Inflation is finally catching up with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s high octane economic stimulus measures, a fast growth-geared policy push known locally as “Dutertenomics.”

Statistics released this week showed inflation rose 5.7% in July, the fastest rate in over five years, according to the National Economic Development Authority, a state agency. It marked the fifth consecutive month that inflation breached the central bank’s 2%-4% target band, leading to market speculation that it will soon hike interest rates.

The surge in prices has sparked a local debate over whether global or local factors are more to blame. Economic analysts note that inflation rates were modest as recently as late last year, clocking in at 3% and 2.9% in November and December respectively.

However, Duterte’s controversial Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law came into force in January, a broad-based tax hike that many believe has driven the inflationary trend. Indeed, inflation has steadily risen in recent months: 3.4% in January, 3.8% in February, 4.3% in March, 4.5% in April, 4.6% in May, 5.2% in June, and 5.7% in July, or almost double the December 2017 level of 2.9%.

Duterte’s tax law was passed to help finance the government’s ultra-ambitious infrastructure spending plans, estimated at 8 trillion pesos (US$150 billion) over six years, as well as social welfare programs that aim to reduce poverty from 21% to 15% by the end of his term in 2022. While taxes have risen, widespread infrastructure-building has largely failed to materialize.

Still, the Philippines has recently been among Asia’s fastest growing economies, with gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6.9% in 2016 and 6.7% last year. But that growth is now decelerating as inflationary pressures start to weigh against consumption and investment. Second quarter GDP growth fell to 6%, from 6.6% in the first quarter. That means first half GDP growth was only 6.3%, down significantly from the government’s full-year target of 7%.

Duterte’s economic managers, including officials at the Department of Finance (DOF), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), have played down the TRAIN tax’s impact on galloping prices while at the same time scrambled to offer credible alternative explanations for the inflationary surge.

They have generally pointed to three main factors supposedly beyond their policy control, namely rising global oil prices, a recent fast depreciation of the peso which is currently among Asia’s worst performing currencies this year, and “profiteering” by big and small private businesses that have allegedly unscrupulously marked up their prices.

While the TRAIN law has cut personal income taxes, it has raised several other levies, especially for energy sources such as oil, liquefied petroleum gas and coal. Sin taxes for sugary drinks and tobacco have also been upped, while an expanded 12% value-added tax (VAT) now covers more economic sectors, including electricity transmission and foreign currency-denominated sales.

Official attempts to mostly blame higher global oil prices for the local surge in prices, however, doesn’t hold statistically when compared with other net-fuel importers in the region. Indeed, other oil-importing nations such as Thailand, South Korea and Sri Lanka have all seen a decline in inflation in the first half of this year compared to their full year 2017 rates.


The inflation differential for developed countries between January-June 2018 vis-a-vis 2017 is also statistically miniscule, measuring -0.1 for the United Kingdom, 0.1 for Germany, 0.4 for France and the United States, and 0.6 for Canada.

Instead, it is mostly domestic factors that are driving the Philippines’ inflation situation. First and foremost, inflation is hitting the poorest 30% of Filipino households harder than other demographic groups. In the first half of 2018, overall Philippine inflation was 4.3% but for poor households it was higher at 5%.

That’s because while “food and non-alcoholic beverages” comprise only 38% of the overall Consumer Price Index (CPI) basket, used for calculating the national inflation rate, the products constitute 61% of the poor’s consumption. The telling statistics were calculated by Dr Dennis Mapa, dean of the University of the Philippines School of Statistics (UPSS).

Nor is there any near-term relief in sight. Fare hikes for taxis, buses and point-to-point air-conditioned vans will soon come on-stream, as will phase two tax hikes on oil, LPG and coal in January 2019. A third phase tax hike on energy will be imposed in January 2020 as part of the Train tax reforms. Firms are also expected to start raising wages due to labor demands over TRAIN’s impact on prices, leading to a potential virtuous cycle of inflation.

          Opioid Manufacturer Patents Drug to Treat Addiction His Company Created      Cache   Translate Page      
This is true chutzpah. Purdue Pharmaceuticals, manufacturer and marketer of opioids, has won a patent for treating opioid addiction. The Sackler family became multibillionaires pushing opioids. They have their names on museums in many countries. Opioid addiction was responsible for 72,000 deaths last year. Altogether more than 300,000 people have died from opioid addiction. Now […]
          Two Veterans of Disgraced “Families for Excellent Schools” Plan a New Charter Effort in Chicago      Cache   Translate Page      
Chalkbeat reports that two veterans of the disgraced Families for Excellent schools are heading for Chicago. Since there is so much money available to launch new charters, someone has to do it. Families for Excellent Schools was a front for tycoons and billionaires who despise public schools and advocate for privately managed charter schools. When […]
          Hurricane Florence could poison North Carolina's water with manure, ash and radiation      Cache   Translate Page      
Hurricane Florence could poison North Carolina's water with manure, ash and radiation#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 Three feet of water may soon flood North Carolina, dredging up billions of pounds of bacteria-ridden manure, arsenic-laden coal ash and even threatening to release radiation into the water, an expert warns. Reported by MailOnline 46 minutes ago.
           Comment on Open Thread by S.B. Ripman       Cache   Translate Page      
Currently at The Weather Channel: “Hurricane Florence will hammer the Carolinas and other parts of the Southeast for several days. While impacts from wind will be destructive, Florence's rainfall is likely to trigger catastrophic flooding in some areas, and will flirt with all-time state rainfall totals from tropical cyclones.” From Wikipedia: “Hurricane Harvey of 2017 is the second costliest tropical cyclone in United States history … The hurricane inflicted $125 billion in damage, primarily from catastrophic rainfall-triggered flooding in the Houston metropolitan area. …. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches (1,000 mm) of rain as the system slowly meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing unprecedented flooding. One can’t help noticing similarity in the way these storms linger over affected areas. Rainfall totals are also remarkable. Is there a trend? Is it scientifically traceable to more humidity, more evaporation, slower jet streams, etc.?
          Supply Chain, Operations Analyst - Maxim Integrated - San Jose, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          ボルマン理論FX~億トレーダーへの道      Cache   Translate Page      
ボルマン理論FX~億トレーダーへの道


画期的スキャルピングツール
これまでにない画期的なFXスキャルピングツールの開発に成功

相場分析力、収益力、など、
すべてにおいて次元が違うからです・・・




ティックチャートの素晴らしいところは、
なんといっても相場の勢いを
ダイレクトに感じ取れるところにあります。


相場に勢いがあり
レート更新の頻度が多くなれば、
ローソク足の形成速度が速くなり、

逆に相場が閑散で勢いがなくなってくると、
ローソク足の本数が減って
チャートそのものがコンパクトになります。


これはなかなか文章では伝えにくいのですが、
ティックチャートの動きを見ることにより

ローソク足の形成スピードが
視覚的に確認できるので、
相場の勢いや流れを
従来の分足よりも正確に把握することができます・・・
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...corporate headquarters and disperse operational locations. As one of the first Chinese companies with business communications fully based on an IP architecture, China Eastern Airlines has dramatically reduced costs, increased efficiency, and built a solid, flexible communications foundation for the future ...

          9/13/2018: NEWS: Food boosts city’s night economy      Cache   Translate Page      
INNER Melbourne’s nighttime economy is booming despite a dip in alcohol sales, says a new report. Food sales jumped by 12 per cent in 2016-17, helping to increase the night economy by $197 million to a total turnover of $3.2 billion. The City of...
          Liveticker zur Apple-Keynote: Namen von neuen iPhones geleakt - DIE WELT      Cache   Translate Page      

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          9/13/2018: WORLD: Charities vow to aid indigenous groups      Cache   Translate Page      
A COALITION of charitable groups and the Norwegian Government on Tuesday pledged to spend nearly half a billion dollars over the next four years to prevent deforestation internationally and recognise indigenous peoples’ rights to manage forests. The...
          Hurricane Hell: Here Are 5 of the Most Recent Devastating Storms Linked to Climate Change      Cache   Translate Page      
The new normal is frightening.

Only two weeks after the government of Puerto Rico raised the official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975—making it the deadliest hurricane to occur last year—North and South Carolina residents are evacuating coastal areas in preparation for Hurricane Florence, which is expected to deliver winds of 130 miles per hour and be the worst hurricane to hit the Carolinas since the 1980s. Hurricanes have been pounding the southeastern U.S. for centuries, but in the era of climate change, they are becoming more frequent and more devastating.

Meteorologists are seeing an increase in the what is known as “rapid intensification,” meaning that a storm’s maximum sustained winds increase by at least 35 mph within a 24-hour period. According to data from the National Hurricane Center, there were, on average, ten cases of rapid intensification per year between 1982 and 1994—whereas between 2005 and 2017, 20 cases per year was the average. In 2017, the National Hurricane Center reported 40 cases of rapid intensification.

Meteorologists have five separate categories for hurricanes, with Category 1 being the least severe and Category 5 being the most severe. Florence appears to be reaching the Carolinas as a Category 4, but it could intensify to Category 5. And when rapid intensification—a phenomenon encouraged by climate change—occurs and a hurricane goes from Category 1 to Category 4 or 5 in less than 24 hours, there is little time to prepare.  

Here are five of the most devastating hurricanes that occurred in recent years.

1. Hurricane Katrina

In August 2015, Hurricane Katrina originated in the Bahamas before making its way to the U.S. A hurricane varies in intensity, and at its worst, Katrina became a Category 5 storm. The National Hurricane Center attributed a total of 1836 deaths to Katrina, with up to 1577 deaths in Louisiana—and the flooding was so severe in New Orleans that 80% of the city was under water.

Veteran reporter Mark Schleifstein, who covered Katrina for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, witnessed Katrina first hand and has some grim advice for residents of the Carolinas who are refusing to evacuate for Hurricane Florence: “write your Social Security number on your arm, so officials can identify your body.”

2. Hurricane Harvey

2017 was a terrible year for hurricanes, and one of the worst was Hurricane Harvey—which affected parts of Latin America (including Nicaragua and Honduras) but was especially devastating around the Texas Gulf Coast. Of the 108 deaths caused by Harvey in late August/early September 2017, 103 were in Texas. Some weather stations in Texas reported more than four feet of rain, and Houston suffered some of the worst flooding in the city’s history. 

3. Hurricane Maria

Only a few weeks after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Gulf Coast, the Caribbean was, in September 2017, pounded by Hurricane Maria—which reached Category 5 at its worst. Maria caused some deaths in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Guadalupe, but the worst damage by far occurred in Puerto Rico. Of the more than 3,050 people killed by Maria, most of the fatalities occurred in Puerto Rico—although 65 people were killed on the island of Dominica, which didn’t have time to adequately prepare thanks to rapid intensification. A year later, Puerto Rico is still recovering from Maria.

Maria is a perfect example of how bad climate change is making rapid intensification: the storm went from Category 1 to Category 5 in only about half a day.

4. Hurricane Sandy

In the U.S., hurricanes have been most likely to affect the southern states.

Floridians are more likely to experience hurricanes than residents of New Jersey or Massachusetts, but that doesn’t mean that residents of the northeastern U.S. are immune to them—not by a longshot. And in 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused billions of dollars in damage, pounding the New Jersey Shore and the coast of Maryland as well as New York City. Atlantic City was evacuated, parts of Manhattan suffered flooding, and the mass transit systems of NYC and Philadelphia (which is about 60 miles inland) were shut down.

When Kevin E. Trenberth (a senior climatologist for the National Center for Atmospheric Research) was asked whether or not Hurricane Sandy was affected by climate change, he responded that while the answer was yes, Sandy was hardly unique in that regard. In 2012, Trenberth asserted, “All weather events are affected by climate change because the environment in which they occur is warmer and moister than it used to be.”

5. Hurricane Ike

In September 2008, Hurricane Ike caused at least 195 deaths and affected a wide area ranging from Cuba, Haiti (where at least 74 deaths occurred) and the Bahamas to the Florida Panhandle, the Mississippi Coast and the Texas Gulf Coast. Altogether, Ike is believed to have caused about $38 billion in damage.


          Federal Officials Are Investigating ‘Suspicious’ Money Transfers Made After Trump Tower Meeting: Report      Cache   Translate Page      
BuzzFeed News is reporting the transactions occurred in the months following the June 2016 Trump Tower Meeting.

BuzzFeed News is reporting that a June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York City was followed by a series of money transfers that bank officials considered “suspicious.”

According to BuzzFeed, four federal law enforcement officials are analyzing two series of transactions that bank examiners found to be suspicious. One occurred not long after that June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, and the other occurred after President Donald Trump’s victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

The first series of transactions, BuzzFeed is reporting, came on June 20, 2016—11 days after the June 9 meeting. On June 20, 2016, an offshore company run by billionaire Russian real estate developer Aras Agalarov (who has ties to both Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin) wired over $19.5 million to Agalarov’s account at a New York City bank.

The second series of transactions, according to BuzzFeed, took place in November 2016 after Trump’s presidential victory. Agalarov’s family, sent a total of $1.2 million from their bank in Russia to an account in New Jersey that was controlled by pop singer Emin Agalarov (Aras Agalarov’s son) and two friends. And bankers, according to records BuzzFeed obtained and reviewed, found that activity suspicious because the account had been “virtually dormant” since the summer of 2015 yet suddenly had a flurry of activity after Trump won the election.

On September 12, Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold of BuzzFeed reported that after the 2016 election, “that New Jersey account sent money to a company controlled by Irakly ‘Ike’ Kaveladze, a longtime business associate of the Agalarovs and their representative at the Trump Tower meeting.” 

Scott Balber, an attorney who has represented Kaveladze and the Agalarov family, told BuzzFeed that he doesn’t understand why the 2016 banking activity would be considered suspicious. Balber told BuzzFeed, “I’m actually perplexed why anybody is interested in this or why anybody in their right mind would treat this as suspicious. These are all transactions either between one of Mr. Agalarov’s accounts and another of Mr. Agalarov’s accounts or one of Mr. Agalarov’s accounts and an account in the name of one of his employees.” 

The 2016 transactions, according to BuzzFeed, were noticed after federal law enforcement officials ordered banks to be on the lookout for any suspicious behavior by people with a connection to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia-related investigation.

BuzzFeed has been reporting extensively on the investigation and its results, including the federal prosecution of Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

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          Conservatives Rail About Free Speech on College Campuses — But This Is the Real Threat to Our First Amendment      Cache   Translate Page      
The wealthier party "can basically win a breath-holding contest fighting in the courts."

It's a sign of the idiocy of Donald Trump-era politics that hundreds of thousands of words have been spent pushing what amounts to a hoax about "campus censorship," while genuine assaults on free speech -- especially by Trump himself, just don't attract the same amount of attention. But while the New York Times prefers to lavish attention on conservatives whose feelings are easily bruised might get, there are activists fighting genuine threats to free speech and pushing back against censorship that's far more serious than having someone scold you that racist thing you said.

Last week, a coalition of mostly left-leaning organizations — including the ACLU, Greenpeace and Human Rights Watch — joined under the banner Protect the Protest to speak out against an increasingly worrisome tactic that wealthy private interests use to squelch free speech: SLAPP suits. "SLAPP" is short for "strategic lawsuits against public participation." While there are many variations, most SLAPP actions use defamation lawsuits — or even just the threat of them — to scare journalists, activists and even private citizens from speaking out against injustice. While these lawsuits are rarely on solid legal grounds, they are nonetheless highly effective at the goal of keeping critics silent.

The typical SLAPP suit, as Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., explained last week on a press call, is filed by a wealthy corporation or individual and aimed at a smaller organization or less wealthy person. The wealthy party's suit is "designed primarily to outlast and outspend" those who are speaking out, Whitehouse said, "to go at their funding, to make them burn their resources in litigation."

The wealthier party, he added, "can basically win a breath-holding contest fighting in the courts."

No doubt the most famous of these cases was the 2016 lawsuit by former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan against the website Gawker, alleging that the site had invaded his privacy by publishing a leaked sex tape in which he allegedly appeared. While Hogan arguably had a sympathetic case on human grounds, it soon emerged that his lawsuit was the result of a multi-year SLAPP campaign waged by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, who was bitter that Gawker had published unflattering articles about him in the past. Thiel's efforts led to a case that was winnable — he appeared determined to destroy Gawker — but much of the time SLAPP plaintiffs aren't really interested in the legal soundness of their cases. 

"In almost all these cases, these lawsuits were never going to win," explained Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. "But the problem is these powerful people and corporations don’t actually care about winning. They care about inflicting damage."

What free speech activists want is laws making it harder to sue someone for defamation without just cause. It gives the person who is being sued a chance to file a special motion for dismissal before the case can really get underway. That could help stop frivolous lawsuits before the defendant has spent too much money and could also, in many cases, discourage litigious, censorious people from bothering to sue in the first place.

The Public Participation Project has a map of the state laws protecting free speech from frivolous lawsuits, but what activists really want is a federal law. As Jeremy Rosen of the Public Participation Project argued in The Hill in 2016, "not all of the existing laws provide sufficient protection, and SLAPP plaintiffs have the ability to 'forum shop' for a state without adequate free speech protections in which to file their lawsuit," which means "legal fees from SLAPP suits can bankrupt individuals simply for exercising their First Amendment rights."

Typically, the discourse around SLAPP policy is focused on journalists and activists, who are often intimidated out of raising public awareness with lawsuits or even just the threat of lawsuit. But there's another group of people who need protection: Survivors who wish to speak out about their experiences.

“In light of the MeToo movement, when more and more women are speaking, we need to protect their rights to tell their stories," Bridget Mahoney, a former Youngstown, Ohio, news anchor who has become an advocate for survivors of domestic violence, told Salon. 

Mahoney has been outspoken about her previous marriage, which she says was abusive, and her extensive and costly efforts to get out of it. After all that, she and her daughter helped join a campaign to pass the Tina Croucher Act, an Ohio law mandating that public schools make education and resources related to "dating violence" available to students. As part of their activism, they testified in front of the Ohio state legislature and, Mahoney said, her ex-husband sued both her and their daughter for defamation based on what they shared in the testimony.

“I simply ran out of money," Mahoney said. "It created a whole level of additional trauma. We had progressed so far in healing our wounds from the past, and this just added new ones.”

Mahoney's experience is all too common. As Tyler Kingkade of Buzzfeed reported in 2017, defamation lawsuits are "a new tool in the battle over Title IX enforcement and are proving to be serious obstacles to students filing sexual misconduct complaints."

"Sometimes the mere threat of a defamation suit is enough to deter a student from going ahead with a sexual assault claim," Kingkade wrote.

Mahoney said that after she does speaking events, "women come up to me and say they’re afraid to even speak publicly, for fear of getting sued."

These lawsuits don't just affect women speaking in public, to be clear. In many cases, they are triggered simply by a woman filing a complaint with police or with an educational institution. Anti-SLAPP legislation has already been used successfully to get defamation lawsuits dismissed that were filed in response to the victim doing nothing more than calling the police.

“It’s literally re-victimization, these retaliatory lawsuits," Mahoney said. 

In defense of free speech, the Protect the Protest coalition held events early last week in multiple cities, in which activists picketed the front doors of some of the most SLAPP-friendly law firms in the country. With so much chatter in the press about "free speech," the hope is that attention can be diverted away from right-wing hoaxes and scare tactics and towards this genuine, systematic threat to free speech.

"There is no such thing as progress without protest," May Boeve, executive director of the environmental group 350.org, said in a statement. "Our climate and communities depend upon people making their voices heard."


          9/13/2018: BUSINESS DAILY: Myer will march to beat of bankers’ drums — Lew      Cache   Translate Page      

MYER’S biggest shareholder, retail billionaire Solomon Lew, has branded the group’s board a “disgrace” and warned a new funding deal with its lenders leaves the banks running the show. Mr Lew has renewed his attack on the Myer board, again calling for...
          Worldwide BIPV Market to Reach $11.6 Billion by 2027      Cache   Translate Page      

The worldwide building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) market will reach $2.9 billion in revenues in 2018, $5.7 billion in 2023 and $11.6 billion in 2027.


          9/13/2018: BUSINESS DAILY: APPROVAL FOR PIPELINE BID      Cache   Translate Page      
THE competition watchdog has approved a Hong Kong consortium’s $13 billion takeover bid for APA Group, Australia’s biggest gas pipeline company. It comes after the consortium, CK Group, addressed competition concerns by pledging to sell-off all APA...
          Apple stellt neue iPhones und Apple Watch vor.      Cache   Translate Page      
Apple feuert Neuheiten ab: Das iPhones XS und das größere XS Max sind Weiterentwicklungen des bisherigen iPhone X, die mit der neuen Chip-Generation A12 weniger Strom verbrauchen und fünf Billionen Rechenoperationen pro Sekunde ausführen können. Beide haben ein randloses Oled-Display und Platz für zwei Sim-Karten. Das günstigere Einsteigermodell iPhone XR bekommt nur ein LCD-Display. Die Apple Watch Series 4 kann ein EKG aufzeichnen und Alarm schlagen, wenn der Träger schwankt oder fällt. handelsblatt.com, focus.de, n-tv.de

Apple feuert Neuheiten ab: Das iPhones XS und das größere XS Max sind Weiterentwicklungen des bisherigen iPhone X, die mit der neuen Chip-Generation A12 weniger Strom verbrauchen und fünf Billionen Rechenoperationen pro Sekunde ausführen können. Beide haben ein randloses Oled-Display und Platz für zwei Sim-Karten. Das günstigere Einsteigermodell iPhone XR bekommt nur ein LCD-Display. Die Apple Watch Series 4 kann ein EKG aufzeichnen und Alarm schlagen, wenn der Träger schwankt oder fällt.
handelsblatt.com, focus.de, n-tv.de


          9/13/2018: BUSINESS: Merger ‘won’t take heat off Telstra’      Cache   Translate Page      
THE proposed merger of TPG Telecom and Vodafone Hutchison Australia is unlikely to completely remove the pressures weighing on Telstra in the mobile market, according to investment bank UBS. Examining the potential implications of the $15 billion...
          Hypocrisy, thy name is Susan Collins, Super PAC sweetheart      Cache   Translate Page      

Campaign Action

Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins is rallying the right wing to push back against people-powered democracy in her home state. Mainers for Accountable Leadership, the Maine People's Alliance, and Be A Hero, founded by national health care advocate and ALS patient Ady Barkan, have teamed together to crowd-source small-dollar donations in pledges.

If Collins goes against the wishes of her constituents and votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, those pledges—which now total over $1 million!—will be released to her opponent.

Collins has gotten the right-wing wurlitzer engaged on her behalf, screaming that a bunch of small-dollar donors working together is—get this—bribery. Ady Barkan has the perfect response to that:

"Senator Collins took over $5 million from PACs and large donors like the Koch brothers. In exchange, she voted to cut their taxes and take healthcare away from people like me. Senator Collins may not really know what small dollar donations are, because during her last election campaign less than 3% of her money came from small dollar donors, while 44% came from PACs, but that still doesn't excuse smearing a grassroots effort from regular people pleading with someone in a position of power to do the right thing."

Meanwhile, the pledges raised so far for a future opponent to Collins come from "more than 39,000 individual pledges ranging from $1 to the maximum allowable donation to a candidate of $2,700." That information, by the way, is from totally not a dirty-fucking-hippy elections blogger Rick Hasen, who also says that Republican "cries of bribery, illegality, and lack of principle lay bare the bankrupt campaign finance system that […] McConnell helped create and that Collins has contributed to with previous Supreme Court votes and will supersize with her likely vote to confirm Kavanaugh."

If money equals free speech, as McConnell and the Supreme Court and Collins insist that it does, then that's about 40,000 people exercising their First Amendment right to ask Susan Collins to do the right thing. This is Collins telling her constituents that plutocrats have a better chance of getting her ear than they do.

The people of Maine need to call her on this. Directly. Every day. At her office numbers: (207) 622-8414, (207) 945-0417, (207) 283-1101, (207) 493-7873, (207) 784-6969, (207) 780-3575, (202) 224-2523. But be polite. And maybe record your messages to show how polite you are, and provide those to the local media.


          Food fight! Flour Bakery sues Fort Point landlord over lease with similar eatery      Cache   Translate Page      
Boston-based Flour Bakery & Cafe is suing the landlord of its Fort Point location for allowing a potentially competing eatery to lease space next door.  Cakewalk Bakers LLC, which does business as Flour Bakery & Cafe, filed suit against an entity managed by NewTower Trust Co. in Suffolk Superior Court on Aug. 30. Bethesda, Maryland-based NewTower is the trustee and investment manager of Multi-Employer Property Trust, or MEPT, a $6.5 billion real estate equity fund, and owns the property at 12 Farnsworth…

          State spent over $60B on health care in 2017 — and that's the good news      Cache   Translate Page      
Spending on health care in Massachusetts surpassed the $60 billion mark in 2017 for the first time ever, but the increase was well within an annual cost growth benchmark set by state regulators. According to a report published Wednesday by the state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis, total health care spending grew 1.6 percent between 2016 and 2017, from $59.8 billion to $61.1 billion. The percentage increase fell under the state’s 3.6 percent cost growth benchmark, marking the second…

          9/13/2018: THE NATION: NDIS still needing work: Fletcher      Cache   Translate Page      
The nation’s $176 billion welfare system is financially sustainable and on track but new Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher will not say the same about the $22bn National Disability Insurance Scheme, which has been beset by rollout problems. In a...
          9/13/2018: COMMENTARY: China’s Pacific largesse      Cache   Translate Page      
Scott Morrison says Australia will stay in the Paris accord because pulling out would alienate Pacific countries. Meanwhile, Pacific countries have accepted more than $2 billion in loans from China in the past decade without thinking China’s ability to...
           Investigation Exposes Animal Abuse at U.S. Supplier to World's Largest Meat Company       Cache   Translate Page      

In September of last year, two executives of JBS, the world's largest meat producer, based in Brazil, were arrested and charged with insider trading. In May 2017, the billionaire siblings—Wesley Batista, JBS's CEO, and his younger brother Joesley, the firm's former chairman—admitted to bribing more than 1,800 politicians and government officials, including meat inspectors, in an effort to avoid food safety checks. Now, new undercover video shot by a Mercy for Animals (MFA) investigator at Tosh Farms, a JBS pork supplier based in Franklin, Kentucky, exposes what the animal rights group calls the "malicious and systemic abuse of mother pigs and piglets."


          Computer Assisted Coding Market Growth Factors, Applications, Regional Analysis, Key Players and Forecast By 2025      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 13, 2018 ) According to Verified Market Intelligence, the global computer-assisted coding market is valued at USD 2.74 billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 6.45 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 11.3% from 2017 to 2025. A computer-assisted Coding system is...
          Video Surveillance Storage Market 2018: Research Analysis, Strategies, Business Plan, Revenue and forecast 2018-2025      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 13, 2018 ) According to Verified Market Intelligence, the Global Video Surveillance Storage Market was valued at USD 7.98 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 50.10 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 22.65% from 2017 to 2025. Video surveillance storage refers...
          Global Progressing Cavity Pump Market key Strategies Adopted by the major players      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 12, 2018 ) Global Progressing Cavity Pump Market to reach USD XX.X billion by 2025.  Global Progressing Cavity Pump Market valued approximately USD XXX million in 2016 is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than XX.X% over the forecast period 2017-2025....
          9/13/2018: BUSINESS: FIRB holds cards in $13bn APA deal      Cache   Translate Page      

The Foreign Investment Review Board will decide the fate of CK Infrastructure’s $13 billion takeover of gas pipeline giant APA Group against a backdrop of intense political scrutiny over high energy prices after the competition regulator approved the...
          9/13/2018: BUSINESS: Origin mulls $8bn upstream sale      Cache   Translate Page      
Speculation is mounting that Origin Energy is embarking on a strategic review of upstream assets worth more than $8 billion as it contemplates a future as solely an electricity retailer and generator. The company has denied that a review is under way,...
          9/13/2018: BUSINESS: Origin mulls over $8bn of assets in upstream review      Cache   Translate Page      

Speculation is mounting that Origin Energy is embarking on a strategic review of upstream assets worth more than $8 billion as it contemplates a future solely as an electricity retailer and generator. The company has strongly denied that a review is...
          9/13/2018: BUSINESS: Time running out for Lew’s next Myer move      Cache   Translate Page      
The clock is ticking on the next step that retail billionaire Solomon Lew might take towards Myer after the department store revealed its full-year loss hit $486 million. Mr Lew has spent most of the past year campaigning against Myer and its board...
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Only dummies use drugs

Forgive the over-simplified heading above.  I have clearly been reading too much journalism. What the article below shows is that illegal drug use is greatest in people who did poorly at school. Sadly, the authors are better at using complicated statistics than they are at thinking.  The BIG determinant of academic achievement is IQ, and yet they do not even mention IQ, let alone control for it.  They have wasted their efforts by that omission.  Low IQ would have caused both the low academic achievement and drug abuse.  The study tells us NOTHING new and skips over what was actually going on.  Sad and pathetic

Academic Achievement and Drug Abuse Risk Assessed Using Instrumental Variable Analysis and Co-relative Designs

Kenneth S. Kendler et al.

Abstract

Importance:  Low academic achievement (AA) in childhood and adolescence is associated with increased substance use. Empirical evidence, using longitudinal epidemiologic data, may provide support for interventions to improve AA as a means to reduce risk of drug abuse (DA).

Objective:  To clarify the nature of the association between adolescent AA and risk of DA by using instrumental variable and co-relative analysis designs.

Design, Setting, and Participants:  This study, assessing nationwide data from individuals born in Sweden between 1971 and 1982, used instrumental variable and co-relative analyses of the association between AA and DA. The instrument was month of birth. Co-relative analyses were conducted in pairs of cousins (263 222 pairs), full siblings (154 295), and monozygotic twins (1623) discordant for AA, with raw results fitted to a genetic model. The AA-DA association was modeled using Cox regression. Data analysis was conducted from October 2017 to January 2018.

Exposures:  Academic achievement assessed at 16 years of age (for instrumental variable analyses), and estimated discordance in AA in pairs of monozygotic twins (for co-relative analyses).

Main Outcomes and Measures:  Drug abuse registration in national medical, criminal, or pharmacy registries.

Results:  This instrumental variable analysis included 934 462 participants (478 341 males and 456 121 females) with a mean (SD) age of 34.7 (4.3) years at a mean follow-up of 19 years. Earlier month of birth was associated with a linear effect on AA, with the regression coefficient per month equaling −0.0225 SDs (95% CI, −0.0231 to −0.0219). Controlling for AA, month of birth had no association with risk of DA (hazard ratio [HR], 1.000; 95% CI, 0.997-1.004). Lower AA had a significant association with risk of subsequent DA registration (HR per SD, 2.33; 95% CI, 2.30-2.35). Instrumental variable analysis produced a substantial but modestly attenuated association (HR, 2.04; 95% CI, 1.75-2.33). Controlling for modest associations between month of birth and parental educational status and DA risk reduced the association to a HR of 1.92 (95% CI, 1.67-2.22). The genetic model applied to the results of co-relative analyses fitted the observed data well and estimated the AA-DA association in monozygotic twins discordant for AA to equal a HR of 1.79 (95% CI, 1.64-1.92).

Conclusions and Relevance:  Two different methodological approaches with divergent assumptions both produced results consistent with the hypothesis that the significant association observed between AA at 16 years of age and risk of DA into middle adulthood may be causal. These results provide empirical support for efforts to improve AA as a means to reduce risk of DA.

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WH Economic Adviser Explains Why Obama Can’t Take Credit for Recent Economic Boom

Kevin Hassett, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, dispelled the notion that former President Barack Obama can claim credit for the recent U.S. economic boom that has occurred during the Trump administration.

“One of the hypotheses that’s been floating around about the economy lately is that the strong economy that we’re seeing is just a continuation of recent trends. And, you know, since we're the nerds at the White House, we decided that this is a testable hypothesis. And so what we can do is we can go out and we can estimate recent trends -- that is, trends that ran in the economy up to the point of the last election -- and then compare the latest data to the recent trends,” he said.

Hassett showed several slides illustrating economic factors like small business optimism, business investment, structures, and equipment investment. Small business optimism, he illustrated, is at near record high, second only to July 1983.

“And so, I think that if you look at this chart, you can see that the first thing is small-business optimism. The middle chart is the percent reporting now as a good time to expand. The last one is the percent expecting higher real sales in six months. I think if you look at any of those, you'd say, ‘Gee, that doesn't really look like the continuation of a recent trend,’” he said.

Business investment is up more than $300 billion over the trend, Hassett noted.

“And I think that if anyone were to assert that the capital spending boom that we're seeing right now was a continuation of the trend that President Trump inherited, then, well, you know, they wouldn't get a high grade in graduate school for that assertion.

Capital goods orders and shipments are up sharply, Hassett illustrated.

“Durable goods orders, capital goods orders -- it's a key part of the economy, and it's one of the factors that we look at most closely because it characterizes, basically, the good-paying jobs, the jobs that affects normal Americans -- blue-collar Americans,” he said.

“And the first chart is core capital goods orders, and the second chart is core capital goods shipments, and if you look at it, the blue again shows a clear downward trajectory and billions of dollars, and then that trajectory reversed itself completely when President Trump was elected. If you were going to assert that the current good news is just the extension of a recent trend, then you'd just simply be factually incorrect,” Hassett said.

Business conditions have also improved sharply, Hassett noted in his chart presentation. Furthermore, new business applications have surged.

“Now, one of the things that I can remember at the American Enterprise Institute talking a lot about before I came in here was the fact that entrepreneurship in America was falling off, and one of the ways we can measure entrepreneurship is that, if you start a new business, that you have to apply for an ID number -- a tax ID number -- for your business,” he said.

“And so, in this chart, we've plotted the EIN applications for new businesses, and if you look at the blue line, they were heading up because we were at a recovery, but there's clear upward trajectory way above the trend at the end,” Hassett said.

Furthermore, he said, prime-age workers are re-entering the labor force and finding jobs, as illustrated by his chart presentation. There’s also improvement in blue collar jobs, Hassett noted. Additionally, blue collar jobs grew 3.3 percent in the year through July, the fastest pace since 1984.

“The next chart is prime-age workers re-entering the labor force, and again, if you look at the trend, one of the things people said when we put out our growth forecast that said that we'd have 3 percent growth was we said that President Trump's policies are going to bring factories back to the U.S., give you the capital spending boom that you saw in the previous chart, and that was going to bring people back into the labor force at precisely the right time,” Hassett said.

“Once again, you can see that there's clear break in the trend, and so, if you see a break in the trend in the capital spending, the new plant formation that gives blue-collar workers their jobs ... then maybe we see a break in the trend in blue-collar workers employment as well, and so this is employment for people in goods-producing industries,” he said.

“If you look, again, at the blue part on the left, you can see that there's a clear downward trend going on in the growth rate of that for President Obama, and then a clear inflection timed almost precisely, once again, at the election. And the notion, again, that somebody might defensively attempt to assert that this is a continuation of the trend is almost laughable if you look at this chart and, you know, look at the rest of them,” Hassett said.

His final chart showed that the growth of private nonresidential fixed investment Is well above projections. It illustrated what the Congressional Budget Office predicted would happen with capital spending back in 2017, what the CBO said in April 2018, and then what actually happened.

“And so, I would assert that if you look at the collective body of evidence, the notion that what we're seeing right now is just a continuation of recent trends is not super defensible,” Hassett said.

“And I think that -- I know that we're in a political time and passions are high, but, as geeky economists, one of the things we have to do is think ahead to what historians will think when they look back at this time,” he said.

“And I can promise you that economic historians will 100 percent accept the fact that there was an inflection at the election of Donald Trump, and that a whole bunch of data items started heading north. They will, of course, argue for a long time about why that happened,” Hassett said.

“In fact, we provided estimates at the time last fall that said that capital spending this year would go up about 11 percent because of the tax cuts. So far, in the first half of the year, capital spending is up 10 percent, and so you don't have to really reach far for a theory of what happened,” he said.

“President Trump deregulated the economy; we've talked about how that affects growth. The tax cuts have had exactly the predicted effect on the economy that's brought businesses back to the U.S., factories back to the U.S., and created jobs for ordinary Americans. It’s clear in the data that there's been a trend break,” Hassett added.

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Doctor Shortages Explode Thanks To ObamaCare — Who Could Have Predicted That?

A year before ObamaCare became law, an IBD/TIPP Poll warned that it would lead to doctor shortages because many would quit or retire early. New evidence shows that our warnings were dead on.

A recent report from the Association of Medical Colleges projects doctor shortages of up to 121,300 within the next 12 years. That's a 16% increase from their forecast just last year.

Not only are medical schools having trouble attracting doctors (New York University plans to offer free tuition to its med students), but current physicians are cutting back on patient visits, retiring early or switching careers.

An article in a recent issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings says that nearly one in five doctors plan to switch to part-time clinical hours, 27% plan to leave their current practice, and 9% plan to get an administrative job or switch careers entirely.

Another survey found that nearly two-thirds of doctors feel burned out, depressed or both.

This is already having a significant effect on patient access to doctors. A Merritt Hawkins survey of doctors in 15 metro areas found that "average new-patient physician appointment wait times have increased significantly. The average wait time for a physician appointment for the 15 large metro markets surveyed is 24.1 days, up 30% from 2014. "

Getting a new-patient appointment with a family physician, for example, went from an average 19 days in 2014 to almost 30 days in 2017. To get an appointment for a heart checkup with a cardiologist, wait times climbed from seven days in 2009 to 21 days in 2017. For a well-woman exam with an OB/GYN, they went from 17 days to 26 over those years.

This should not come as a surprise to anyone.

Eight years ago, IBD/TIPP surveyed 1,376 practicing physicians across the country, asking them what they thought about the health reform bill Democrats had been putting together.

The survey found that a surprisingly large share of doctors, 45%, "would consider leaving their practice or taking an early retirement" if Congress passed what ended up as ObamaCare. (To read more about ObamaCare, click here.)

The survey generated plenty of attention — most of it from Democrats and the mainstream media who desperately wanted to get ObamaCare enacted. They viciously attacked the survey, calling it "shoddy," "out of whack," "ludicrous," "not trustworthy," "shabby" and "garbage."

Turns out it was the critics of the poll who were shoddy, out of whack and not trustworthy.

Subsequent surveys proved the IBD/TIPP poll right, including one taken in 2015 by the Mayo Clinic that found 54% of doctors suffering burnout, and a 2016 survey that found just over half say they participate in ObamaCare plans.

Obama Mandates and Doctor Shortages

One of the big drivers of doctor exits, by the way, is the Obama administration's "electronic health records" mandate, which was supposed to vastly improve the quality and efficiency of care.

It's had the opposite effect. A Mayo Clinic survey found that the EHR mandate is reducing efficiency, increasing costs and paperwork hassles, and pushing more doctors to quit or retire early.

A Harris Poll found that 59% of doctors say the current EHR system foisted on them by the Obama administration needs "a complete overhaul," and 40% say it imposes more challenges than benefits.

ObamaCare continued what had been a long and sorry trend in health care. Government-imposed rules designed to fix some problem in the system instead generated mountains of new administrative work.

The result has been that while the number of physicians in the country has climbed modestly over the past three decades, the number of health care administrators exploded.

Driving doctors out of the medical profession and exacerbating doctor shortages was not what Obama promised when he started "reforming" health care. But it is what his heavy-handed government interventions are producing. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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The U.S. economy is a gift that keeps on giving

Appalachian Power recently announced utility rate cuts for more than 500,000 Americans. The West Virginia-based energy provider estimates the total rate reduction will come out to roughly $50 million, meaning customers’ monthly bills will decrease about six percent for the average residential account.

What explains the drop? The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed last December. Because of its lower federal tax bill, Appalachian Power can afford to slash rates and pass along its tax savings to working Americans who desperately need financial relief.

This story is playing out all across the country. Because of federal tax cuts, more than 665 U.S. employers can afford to help the Middle Class American workers in the form of pay raises, 401(k) increases, bonuses, and other employee benefits. Job creators are also taking advantage of their beefed-up budgets to expand hiring, extending career opportunities to thousands upon thousands of Americans who couldn’t find them years ago.

Appalachian Power’s utility rate reductions comprise only the tip of the iceberg. Wal-Mart issued a $1,000 bonus to employees. Apple will use its tax savings to hire 20,000 new employees, while Kraft Heinz plans to put $1.3 billion toward pre-funding of worker retirement benefit plans. New York-based M&T Bank Corporation focused on bumping up employee paychecks, increasing its base wage from $14 to $16 an hour.

And don’t forget the Republican tax bill’s positive impact on small business, which remains America’s most important employer. The United States is home to more than 30 million small businesses, which employ nearly 60 million workers—half of our private-sector workforce. In fact, small businesses account for 99.9 percent of all U.S. employers.

When they succeed, the U.S. economy flourishes. And they are succeeding!

Because of lower rates and increased deductions, job creators—large and small—now have more resources to invest in business expansion and job creation, bringing undeniable economic prosperity to local communities. The list of tax cut beneficiaries certainly includes America’s largest corporations, but it would be foolish to overlook the likes of neighborhood diners and community banks.

Take it from me: I’m a small business owner. As the president and CEO of Joseph’s Lite Cookies in Florida, I run a family-owned, sugar-free cookie business. We bake more than 12 million sugar-free cookies a day. And thanks to the tax cuts, we’re now experimenting with new product lines including sugar-free pancake syrup.

For years, I sent as much as 50 percent of my business income to the government—federal, state, and local. As the owner of a pass-through small business, my business income was taxed as personal income at the top federal rate of 39.6 percent, on top of the state and local tax burden.

But the future is now brighter—because of our tax savings. Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, I not only awarded four-figure raises to key employees, but also purchased new computer systems and created new product packaging for international expansion.

The bottom line is this: When you help job creators, you are helping those who depend on them—not millionaires and billionaires, but everyday Americans in need of a leg up. That’s the way the cookie crumbles.

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5 Ways to Tackle Big Graph Data with KeyLines and Neo4j

ByDan Williams, Product Manager, Cambridge Intelligence | September 11, 2018

Reading time: 6 minutes

Understanding big graph data requires two things: a robustgraph database and a powerful graph visualization engine. That’s why hundreds of developers have combinedNeo4j with the KeyLines graph visualization toolkit to create effective, interactive tools for exploring and making sense of their graph data.

But humans are not big data creatures. Given most adults can store between 4-7 items only in their short-term memory, loading an overwhelming quantity of densely-connected items into a chart won’t generate insight.

That presents a challenge for those of us building graph analysis tools.

How do you decide which subset of data to present to users? How do they find the most important patterns and connections?

That’s what we explore in this blog post. You’ll discover that, with some thoughtful planning, big data doesn’t have to be a big problem.

The Challenge of Massive Graph Visualization

For many organizations, “big data” means collecting every bit of information available and then figuring out how to use it later. One of the many problems with this approach is that it’s incredibly challenging to go beyond aggregated analysis to understand individual elements.


5 Ways to Tackle Big Graph Data with KeyLines and Neo4j
20,000 nodes visualized in KeyLines. Pretty, but pretty useless if you want to understand specific node behavior. Data from The Cosmic Web Project .

To provide your users with something more useful, you need to think about the data funnel . Through different stages of backend data management and front-end interactions, the funnel reduces billions of data points into something a user can comprehend.


5 Ways to Tackle Big Graph Data with KeyLines and Neo4j
The data funnel to bring big data down to a human scale.

Let’s focus on the key techniques you’ll apply at each stage of the funnel:

1. Filtering in Neo4j: ~1,000,000+ nodes

There’s no point visualizing your entire Neo4j instance. You want to remove as much noise as possible, as early as possible. Filtering withCypher queries is an incredibly effective way to do this.

KeyLines’ integration with Cypher means giving users some nice visual ways to create custom filtering queries, like sliders, tick-boxes or selecting from a list of cases.

In the example below, we’re using Cypher queries to power a “search and expand” interaction in KeyLines:

MATCH (movie:Movie{title: $name})<-[rel]-(actor:Actor)
RETURN *, { id: actor.id, degree: size((actor:Actor) --> (:Movie)) } as degree

First, we’re matching Actors related to a selected Movie before returning them to be added to our KeyLines chart:

[IMAGE 3] There’s no guarantee that filtering through search is enough to keep data points at a manageable level. Multiple searches might return excessive amounts of information that’s difficult to analyze.

Filtering is effective, but it shouldn’t be the only technique you use.

2. Aggregating in Neo4j: ~100,000 nodes

Once filtering techniques are in place, you should consider aggregation. There are two ways to approach this.

First, there’s data cleansing to remove duplicates and errors. This is often time-consuming but, again, Cypher is your friend. Cypher functions like “count” make it really easy to aggregate nodes in the backend:

MATCH (e1:Employee)-[m:MAILS]->(e2:Employee) RETURN e1 AS sender, e2 AS receiver, count(m) AS sent_emails

Second, there’s a data modeling step to remove unnecessary clutter from entering the KeyLines chart in the first place.

Questions to ask in terms of decluttering: Can multiple nodes be merged? Can multiple links be collapsed into one?

It’s worth taking some time to get this right. With a few simple aggregation decisions, it’s possible to reduce tens of thousands of nodes into a few hundred.


5 Ways to Tackle Big Graph Data with KeyLines and Neo4j
Using link aggregation, we’ve reduced 22,000 nodes and links into a much more manageable chart. 3. Create a Clever Visual Model: ~10,000 1,000 nodes

By now, Neo4j should have already helped you reduce 1,000,000+ nodes to a few hundred. This is where the power of data visualization really shines. Your user’s visualization relies on a small proportion of what’s in the database, but we may then use visual modelling to simplify it further.

The below chart shows graph data relating to car insurance claims. Our Neo4j database includes car and policyholders, phone numbers, insurance claims, claimants, third parties, garages and accidents:


5 Ways to Tackle Big Graph Data with KeyLines and Neo4j

Loading the full data model is useful, but with some carefully considered re-modelling, the user may select an alternative approach suited to the insight they need.

Perhaps they want to see direct connections between policyholders and garages:

[IMAGE 6] Or the user may want a view that removes unnecessary intermediate nodes and shows connections between the people involved: [IMAGE 7] The ideal visual data model will depend on the questions your users are trying to answer. 4. Filters, Combining and Pruning: ~1,000 nodes

Now that your users have the relevant nodes and links in their chart, you should give them the tools to declutter and focus on their insight.

A great way to do this is filtering by adding or removing subsets of the data on demand. For better performance, present them with a filtered view first, but give the user control options to bring in data. There are plenty of ways to do this tick boxes, sliders, the time bar or “expand and load.”

Another option is KeyLines’ combos functionality. Combos allow the users to group certain nodes, giving a clearer view of a large dataset without actually removing anything from the chart. It’s an effective way to simplify complexity, but also to offer a “detail on demand” user experience that makes graph insight easier to find.


5 Ways to Tackle Big Graph Data with KeyLines and Neo4j
Combos clear chart clutter and clarify complexity.

A third example of decluttering best practices is to remove unnecessary distractions from a chart. This might mean giving users a way to “prune” leaf nodes, or making it easy to hide “super nodes” that clutter the chart and obscure insight.

[IMAGE 9] Leaf, orphan and super nodes rarely add anything to your graph data understanding, so give users an easy way to remove them.

KeyLines offers plenty of tools to help with this critical part of your graph data analysis. This video on managing chart clutter explains a few more.

5. Run a Layout: ~100 nodes

By this point, your users should have a tiny subset of your original Neo4j graph data in their chart. The final step is to help them uncover insight. Automated graph layouts are great for this.

A good force-directed layout goes beyond simply detangling links. It should also help you see the patterns, anomalies and clusters that direct the user towards the answers they’re looking for.


5 Ways to Tackle Big Graph Data with KeyLines and Neo4j
KeyLines’ latest layout the organic layout. By spreading the nodes and links apart in a distinctive fan-like pattern, the underlying structure becomes much clearer.

With an effective, consistent and powerful graph layout, your users will find that answers start to jump out of the chart.

Bonus Tip: Talk to Your Users

This blog post is really just a starting point. There are plenty of other tips and techniques to help you solve big graph data challenges (we’ve not even started on temporal analysis or geospatial visualization).

Probably the most important tip of all is this: Take time to talk to your users .

Find out what data they need to see and the questions they’re trying to answer. Use the data funnel to make that process as simple and fast as possible, and use the combined powers of Neo4j and KeyLines to turn the biggest graph datasets into something genuinely insightful.

Visit our website to learn more about graph visualization best practices or get started with the KeyLines toolkit.

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          Wireless Broadband in Public Safety Market Segment by Regions and Industry Analysis by Players till 2025      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, September 13, 2018 ) According to Verified Market Intelligence, the Global Wireless Broadband in Public Safety Market was valued at USD 7.98 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 50.10 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 22.65% from 2017 to 2025. The security issues that...
          FIFA: Worldwide summer transfers window hits record-high figure of $5.44 bln      Cache   Translate Page      
Last year FIFA reported a total of 7,590 transfers worth $4.71 billion over the same summer window
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A wealthy businessman dies leaving his daughter a fortune worth billions of dollars and everyone wants to get their hands on the money. The Yakuza and the Mafia decide to work together to secure the money by hiring a topnotch mercenary to kidnap the heiress so they can ransom her for the money.

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          The Mariners Are Getting a Sweet Deal on Their Rent and We're Going to Pay Their Bills      Cache   Translate Page      
The Mariners are getting a deal on 35,000 square feet. What we can't forget is that they actually occupy a 544,881 square-foot space. by Nathalie Graham

Rent? Never heard of it!
Rent? Never heard of it! STEPHEN BRASHEAR/GETTY IMAGES

“If you only include rent it’s a very skewed view to what we’re contributing every month,” Rebecca Hale, the Director of Public Information for the Mariners said.

This all started because, during a King County Council meeting in August, Councilmember Rod Dembowski was skeptical about the amount of rent the Mariners would be paying in their new 25-year lease.

The Mariners are asking King County to chip in $185 million to fund necessary stadium repairs. If they don’t get taxpayer money, they won’t sign the lease and will leave in five years.

The first rent from back in the 90s was in the $700,000 range. Most recently the Ms were paying $1 million. Now, as they’re negotiating the terms of this new lease and asking threatening the public to cough up some money, it’s been raised to $1.5 million.

This agreement is vastly below market value.

“Take office space for the team alone,” Dembowski said at that August meeting. “How many square feet is that? If you were to look at that alone—$1.5 million a year seems a little light.”

That’s because, according to the representative for the Public Facilities District then and Rebecca Hale now, there’s a lot more that goes into just paying the rent for the Mariners.

“If you’re talking about the rent that we pay,” Hale said, “that is only one part of what we are required to the PFD every year in annual support to Safeco Field.”

The other parts of the Mariners’ bill include $1.5 million revenue sharing with the PFD, a $3.25 million contribution to the Capital Expenditures Fund to help pay for ballpark capital needs. Plus, Hale made sure to point out, the $10 million the Mariners pay each year for upkeep. Now that that’s off the table, let’s bring it back to Dembowski’s question: How many square feet of office space do the Mariners have at Safeco Field?

Glad you asked.

Between club level administrative offices and suite level administrative offices, the Mariners have 35,135 square feet of office space.

According to CBRE Group in Seattle, a commercial real estate services and investment firm, the price for Class A office space, what the Mariners have, is rising in Seattle. Most recently, Class A office space is going for $47.06 per square foot in the downtown Seattle region. That was a $1.30 increase from just the first quarter of 2018. The rent is up $3.50 from three years ago.

All of that is just to say that premium office space is valued high and trending up in Seattle. Vacancy rates are also dropping as demand increases.

Some pretty simple math (it’s multiplication, okay) applying that figure to the Mariners' square-footage of office space shows that the Mariners’ rent is $153,453 below market value.

That’s just the office space. We’re not even taking into account THE ENTIRE BASEBALL STADIUM that they occupy. The Mariners are getting a deal on 35,000 square feet. What we can't forget is that they actually occupy a 544,881 square-foot space.

Yet, they still require public money and the public, as of now, is giving it to them.

Last week the KCC approved a referendum that gives in to the Mariners’ pleas. The county will use public money to help the Mariners patch up their supposedly worse-for-wear Safeco Field. This acquiescence, albeit $50 million less than the original asking price of $185 million, is absurd.

The KCC voted 5 to 4 in favor of the referendum. No matter the compelling public comment, or impassioned arguments posed by councilmembers, neither side was swayed. As of right now, when the KCC votes next, it will finalize whether to go forward with its current plan to give the Mariners $135 million of taxpayer money.

As Councilmember Larry Gossett pointed out, “I have not been able to find any reason that the Mariners would have to turn objectively, reasonably, or even profit-wise to the general public to have them pay.”

Where is the need? The new lease is a cakewalk for the $1.5 billion franchise. Especially when considering the additional revenue from all the profits from baseball, the money from new naming rights, and the ancillary television revenues—both local and national. They have enough money and they’re getting a pretty good deal. Just look at how much they’re paying for rent alone.

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          Of *course* the "billionaire" scammed 150k fom a 9/11 fund       Cache   Translate Page      
Of course the "billionaire" scammed 150k from a 9/11 fund

by digby




Trump didn't only fail to write a promised check for the 9/11 victims and their families, the conman cheapskate who has never left a penny on the sidewalk even took money designed to help businesses that had suffered losses during the crisis:

President Trump on Tuesday called on America to honor the fallen from 9/11 by fighting for freedom.

“We honor their sacrifice by pledging to never flinch in the face of evil and to do whatever it takes to keep America safe,” he intoned during a memorial ceremony at the crash site for Flight 93.

But in the immediate wake of the 9/11 attacks the president didn’t respond so selflessly, taking money from a program meant to help small businesses while lying about donating to help the attacks’ victims.

Trump, then a local business mogul with a major building just blocks from the World Trade Center, claimed he had made a $10,000 donation to the Twin Towers Fund, a charity set up by New York City to benefit the terrorists’ victims and their families.

But that wasn’t true, according to a review of documents conducted by New York City’s comptroller at the request of the New York Daily News in 2016.

Trump’s company also tapped into a program designed to help businesses in lower Manhattan stay afloat in the wake of the attacks, receiving $150,000 in state grants.r

Trump claimed he’d taken that money as repayment for allowing local businesses to operate out of his 40 Wall Street building near the crash site.

“It was probably a reimbursement for the fact that I allowed people, for many months, to stay in the building, use the building and store things in the building,” Trump told Time magazine in 2016.

“I was happy to do it, and to this day I am still being thanked for the many people I helped. The value of what I did was far greater than the money talked about, much of which was sent automatically to building owners in the area.”

Uhm no. He applied for it:

Records from the Empire State Development Corporation, which administered the recovery program, show that Trump’s company asked for those funds for “rent loss,” “cleanup” and “repair” — not to recuperate money lost in helping people.

The Daily News reported on this as well in 2016.

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           Comment on We’ve been voted off the island. by william       Cache   Translate Page      
Tragically, these hurricanes are going to get worse and worse, because of the oceans warming. A rational society would look at science, would have done so long ago, and done everything possible to ameliorate this. It is far more important than being the first to get a man to the moon, and yet nothing at all is being done. That is because the Republican Party is not only totally controlled by corporate billionaires who do not want to do one thing to limit fossil fuel emissions, but they also seem to have no interest whatsoever in preserving their descendants or the planet; they would rather just have the billions now. And far too much of the populace consists of stupid and ignorant people who are so addicted to this tribal idea of "winning," and "liberal tears," that they would rather suffer, than fix anything. And of course some of them hold to some perversion of religion which tells them that the destruction of the planet is good because they will be raptured. America 2018, from sea to shining sea.
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Incoming!

by Tom Sullivan

Seventeen years ago today, thousands died in a terrorist disaster neither average citizens nor government officials charged with protecting them saw coming. On this September 11, a million and a half Americans facing a natural disaster are evacuating the Carolina and Virginia coasts.

Thanks to the National Hurricane Center, the National Weather Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellites, citizens have had days of warning. Your tax dollars at work. Which means, of course, somewhere in an office at a conservative think tank, some theorist is wondering why we don't privatize the lot and make people pay for warnings that could save their lives. Government shouldn't be distorting the market.

Hurricane Florence will likely be the most powerful storm ever to hit this far north on the east coast:

“We do know we’re in the bull’s eye. We’re using this time to get together all the people we need, the equipment that we need, locating our strategic resources,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said Monday. Local authorities have ordered the evacuation of more than 250,000 residents and tourists from coastal islands and beach towns, where authorities expect a storm surge of at least 10 feet.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Monday evening ordered the evacuation of roughly a quarter of a million people from sections of the Eastern Shore, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Norfolk and the Middle Peninsula starting Tuesday morning. Northam also activated the state’s entire National Guard to provide help and requested 21 swift-water rescue teams from other states.
That storm surge will be exacerbated by the shallowness of the sea floor, Axios adds:
The Carolinas are uniquely vulnerable to storm surge flooding because the continental shelf extends far offshore, by about 50 miles, which creates a large shallow area that enables a storm to build up water to great heights. (Other hurricane-prone areas, like southern Florida, have a steeper slope offshore, and typically see lower surge amounts.)
As bad as the coastal effects could be, The Daily Beast reports damage from Florence could be devastating far inland:
Meteorologists fear that Hurricane Harvey-style rainfall could deluge the Carolinas causing massive freshwater flooding reminiscent of the devastation in Texas last year, which killed 68 people and caused $125 billion in damage.

Florence, which may have strengthened to near Category 5 strength, is expected to make a direct hit in the northernmost part of South Carolina or North Carolina. Rather than continuing to churn north along the coast, the hurricane is expected to strike the coast head-on and move inland, allowing it to dump vast quantities of water—perhaps more than 30 inches in places—as it slows down.

The U.S. Navy ordered almost 30 ships in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia to put to sea to avoid the storm.

Just weeks ago, researchers at the George Washington University's (GWU) Milken School of Public Health estimated the number of Americans in Puerto Rico who died last year from the effects of Hurricane Maria at 2,975. That event now exceeds the death toll from the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York. Hurricane Katrina claimed more than 1,800 lives in 2005. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tweeted, "The # of deaths 2,975 reinforces the pain inflicted on the people of PR and the violation of our human rights. THEY WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN."

Besieged as he is, one might think the sitting president would enjoy the distraction of responding to hurricane recovery at his doorstep with more than paper towels and photo ops. But as Brian Williams observed last night on "The 11th Hour," the hurricane is "a huge empathy challenge for an empathy challenged president." Pray no one tells Trump those low-country coastal counties are part of "the black belt."

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          Lyin' Trump on trade      Cache   Translate Page      
Lyin' Trump on trade

by digby





Trump blathered ignorantly over the weekend about forcing Ford to bring its manufacturing back to the US.



Ford responded:

It would not be profitable to build the Focus Active in the U.S. given an expected annual sales volume of fewer than 50,000 units.

CNN explains:

The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, including some automobiles, in a move Trump has touted as necessary to punish Beijing for what he says are its unfair trade practices and intellectual property theft. China has retaliated in kind, and Washington and Beijing have continue to ratchet up threats of more tariffs.

Ford spokesman Michael Levine said the Focus Active is built in Europe. The company had plans to begin making the vehicle in China in the latter half of 2019 and exporting them to the US market.

But Ford said last month that it was scrapping that plan because Trump's tariffs would make the cars too expensive.

The company also reaffirmed that it has no plans to start making the car on US soil. It will continue to sell the vehicle outside the states.



China has actually imposed a 25% tariff on top of the usual 15% because of Trump's trade war. US is charging 2.4% plus 25% on top also because of Trump's trade war.  He is an imbecile who has no clue about tariffs and apparently nobody can teach him ... or stop him.

CNBC auto reporter Phil LeBeau said on MSNBC earlier today:
[How to deal with the fact that the president doesn't understand the cause and effect of tariffs] is a good question.

This is the reason you rarely hear from auto executives. Why? Because a) they're worried that the minute they say something it will be misconstrued and b) they are worried they'll become a target for the Trump administration.

As a result, you rarely hear from auto executives. I would say the last year and a half is one where you get a lot of "we can't really talk, here's what's going on, you understand our position."

Think about that. American auto executives are terrified of the US president tweeting some nonsense or enacting punitive measures because he has no clue what he's talking about. He's a wrecking ball who has one dim idea that makes little sense, based upon made up statistics, and if anyone challenges him he sees it as a personal betrayal and sets out to destroy them.

If populists want the government to take an active role in regulating the markets to the benefit of the working man it would seem to me to be a requirement that the person making those decisions not be a cretinous moron.


*Standard disclaimer: tariffs can be a very useful tool, but trade is complicated and in the hands of an imbecile, they do more harm than good.

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          U.S. invites China to trade talks as tariffs loom: White House adviser      Cache   Translate Page      
The Trump administration has invited Chinese officials to restart trade talks, the White House's top economic adviser said on Wednesday, as Washington prepares to escalate the U.S.-China trade war with tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

          One tweet away from Armageddon      Cache   Translate Page      
One tweet away from Armageddon

by digby




When a simpleton runs the world:

According to Woodward, the president is obsessed by the fact that the U.S. pays $3.5 billion a year to station troops in South Korea as a first line of defense against the North. "I don't know why they're there," he said at one meeting. "Let's bring them all home." At another meeting, Secretary of Defense James Mattis starkly why the U.S. has 28,000 troops in Korea: "We're doing this in order to prevent World War III."

"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea." - President Trump at the United Nation, Sept. 19, 2017

The standoff with North Korea has been eased, for the moment, by the Singapore Summit, which brought together two leaders who had been trading nuclear threats and schoolyard insults.

Trump: "'Rocket Man' is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime."

The president later made that "Little Rocket Man" on Twitter, which he told Rob Porter "may be my best ever." When Porter asked if it might provoke Kim, according to Woodward, the president replied, "It's leader versus leader, man versus man, me versus Kim."

The most dangerous moment of the standoff, Woodward says, came when the president went to work on another tweet: "He drafts a tweet saying 'We are going to pull out dependents from South Korea ... Family members of the 28,000 people there.'"

That tweet was never sent, because of a back channel message from North Korea that it would regard a pullout of dependents as a sign the U.S. was preparing to attack. "At that moment there was a sense of profound alarm in the Pentagon leadership that, 'My God, one tweet and we have reliable information that the North Koreans are going to read this as an attack is imminent,'" Woodward said.

I wonder how that happened, exactly?

I mean, does the president draft foreign policy tweets and have people look them over? How did it come to pass that he never sent it? Did someone rush in with the "back channel" news that it would start World War III? Maybe the book answers that question. I hope so because I think we are all under the impression that Trump runs his twitter feed as he sees fit, with some assists from his social media guys who send out the odd endorsement tweet or anodyne public announcement. If he actually drafts them and circulates them it would be nice to know what that process is.

Anyway, assuming this is true, it's scary as hell. Trump's obsession with what he calls "wasting money" is based upon his total ignorance about .... well, everything. He came up with one big idea --- that America is being screwed by other countries --- about 30 years ago and is too goddamned dumb to ever learn anything else.

Recall this:
According to Woodward, Trump at one point asked his military leaders why the United States couldn't just withdraw from the Korean Peninsula. They explained to him that it would mean we wouldn't know about North Korean missile launches for 15 minutes rather than learning about them almost instantly, within seven seconds. This is the flap that led Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to reportedly suggest Trump was intellectually and temperamentally akin to “a fifth- or sixth-grader."

What The Washington Post's story Tuesday didn't detail, though, is that this exchange didn't happen early in Trump's presidency; it came on Jan. 19, 2018 — almost exactly one full year into it. It came months after North Korea had threatened an attack on Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean. It also came a couple months after North Korea said it had developed a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could reach the continental United States.

What got Mattis's goat, according to the book, was that he felt like they'd had this exact conversation many times before, and Trump refused to either remember or process it. As Mattis explained the reasons for a U.S.-South Korean alliance, Trump repeatedly returned to the idea that the United States is running a trade deficit with South Korea — suggesting the alliance was hurting the American economy. Mattis tried to explain that having troops in South Korea was actually the most cost-effective — and effective, period — means of preventing World War III. Trump, who often seems to misunderstand what exactly a trade deficit means, wouldn't have it.

"But we're losing so much money in trade with South Korea and others,” Trump pushes back at one point, according to Woodward.

At another: “We're spending massive amounts for very rich countries who aren't burden-sharing."

And at another: “I think we could be so rich if we weren't so stupid. We're being played [as] suckers, especially NATO."

Trump would argue this was merely him “question[ing] everybody and everything,” but it didn't seem to come off that way to Mattis. According to Woodward's reporting, it seemed to be Trump asking the same dumb middle-school-esque questions for the millionth time. And it drew a curt rebuke from Mattis that took those in the room aback.

The president of the United States is a stupid, spoiled rich heir to a fortune who never, ever picks up a tab, who tips like a miser and treats anyone without money like a servant. We all know people like that. That's the vision he has for America. Only, in this case, he's going to end up getting us all killed.



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          Why Winning a Trade War Can Lose the U.S. Battle over Innovation      Cache   Translate Page      
For years, American companies have complained that foreign competitors, the Japanese in the past, and more recently, the Chinese, were stealing, borrowing, and copying intellectual properties. These complaints against copycats that foreign theft of American trade secrets runs up an estimated cost of “between $225 billion and $600 billion annually,” according to the United States ...
          Cisco SPVSS IBC Panel: The Next Billion Viewers, the Next Billion Dollars      Cache   Translate Page      
How will the TV industry reach the "next billion viewers" using broadcast and streaming tech? How will that impact business models? Answer: The NEW TV GROWTH MODELS panel!
          9/12/2018: FP REGINA: CHINA SEEKS $7B IN SANCTIONS ON U.S.      Cache   Translate Page      

China told the World Trade Organization on Tuesday it wanted to impose US$7 billion a year in sanctions on the U.S. in retaliation for Washington’s non-compliance with a ruling in a dispute over U.S. dumping duties. The request for authorization from...
          Singapore: STI Index (.STI) vulnerable to a correction towards 3,254.75      Cache   Translate Page      

Singapore: STI Index (.STI) vulnerable to a correction towards 3,254.75 Singapore stocks closed higher on Wednesday, with the benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) up 0.47 percent or 14.74 points to close at 3,124.65. A total of 1.86 billion shares changed hands with a turnover of 1.01 billion Singapore dollars (about 733.7 million U.S. dollars). Gainers […]

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          5 Fixed-Income ETFs to Take Advantage of Extended Bull Market      Cache   Translate Page      
If the current raging bull market was compared to a baseball game, then according to Ray Dalio, American billionaire investor and founder of one of the world’s largest hedge funds, this game of profit-seeking has about two years left to run. Dalio’s prescience helped him to accurately predict the financial crisis in 2008, so fixed-income investors [...]
          Talking Total Market Exposure With Cheap ETF ‘VTI’      Cache   Translate Page      
The Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (NYSEArca: VTI) recently became the third US-listed exchange traded fund to reach $100 billion in assets under management. The other two are S&P 500 tracking ETFs, but for some investors VTI and other total market funds could be better alternatives to the S&P 500. A year ago, VTI had [...]
          Investors Flock to a Popular Long-Term Bond ETF      Cache   Translate Page      
Rising interest rates are hindering long-dated fixed income traded funds, including the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NASDAQ: TLT), but some yield-hungry investors are renewing their affinity for TLT. The $9.31 billion TLT “seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. Treasury bonds with remaining maturities greater than twenty years,” [...]
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In a recent letter to investors, hedge fund manager Leon Cooperman announced that he will convert his Omega Advisors (which oversees $3.8 billion) into a family office at the end of this year, according to a recent article in Bloomberg. The 75-year-old Cooperman explained that the decision was a personal one, not related to health [...]
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Saying the company is in growth mode, BP's Lower 48 onshore operations has relocated its headquarters to Denver following the recent announcement of a $10.5 billion acquisition of Australian-based BHP's US oil and gas assets.
          Why Enjoying God-Given Pleasures Is the Key to Overcoming Your Illicit Desires      Cache   Translate Page      

In my last article, I discussed three ways you receive joy from your physical senses. Today, I want to talk to you about two more.

Audio

The fourth sensory pleasure we want to discuss is audio. Audio also runs in both directions. For some, hearing is an incredible pleasurable experience. These people love to hear different sounds from concerts, classical music, jazz, nature sounds, almost anything.

The audio-sensory pleasure person has almost an audio palate much like the taste-sensory person. They need to experience some form of sound. Even if the sound is silence, they can hear it.

Most of us know an audio-sensory person. They are the people with the really expensive stereo equipment. Although some of us can't appreciate the difference between a $100 and a $1000 speaker system, to them it is the difference between life and death. They really drink from sound like all the others drink from their particular sensory pleasures.

Those who give the pleasure of sound have touched many of us. Who hasn't seen a musician or singer just play as if it were their heart they were giving away in their performance? It touches you, and for some, it deeply impacts their soul in a pleasurable manner.

Audio sensory pleasure also comes in the form of giving and receiving words. Some receive real pleasure with hearing others talk. They are amazed and deeply moved by a great communicator. They are there with the word pictures and empathetically feel the message and meaning at more than just a verbal or content level; they really "get" what the communicator is saying.

The audio-sensory person needs to be celebrated just like those who follow all the other sensory pleasure paths. Again, as you understand the various paths to pleasure, you also have the opportunity to celebrate the ones that are not your primary sensory pleasures more fully with others who are blessed to drink more fully their pleasure from them.

Smell

The last of our sensory pleasure zones is smell. Oh, the aroma! For some, smells are deeply enjoyable. Of course, we think of the person who inhales the aroma of flowers as if they were drinking in the flavor, and just like a massage, it touches their soul.

When you think of the billions of dollars spent on smells, it's amazing. Just think of the perfumes, scented antiperspirants, hairsprays, shampoos, air fresheners, car fresheners, incense and whole stores dedicated to scented candles.

Aromas are everywhere. Some people really derive pleasure from fragrances. Everybody loves it when Grandma cooks: the smell of the meal, the desserts. It's as if you can taste every last smell in the house.

These people love to smell their food, smell their environment, and even smell the people round about them. Yes, people have smells, and the aroma- sensory pleasure people can breathe in a person as well as hear them and see them. Of course, if you are not a fan, you won't much understand that.

They drool over scented candles like newborn babies; no two are alike, and all are wonderful. This person can't walk by a cologne, perfume, bath or candle shop or area of a store without stopping for a whiff. And you won't just hear, "oh, that's interesting," no, no. An individual pleasured by smell will say, "That's incredible; smell this one honey." Similar to all the other sensory pleasures, they want everyone else to also enjoy not only what they are enjoying, but also to enjoy it just as deeply as they are. The aroma sensory person is lit up like a Christmas tree as they talk you into another fragrant purchase.

These sensory pleasure zones are all familiar to us. Even just discussing them so far you probably have gained some insight into yourself and a few other people you know. I know because I laugh as I think through some people I have known as I go through these various sensory pleasure zones.

There is joy in discovering the unique value of your own pleasure zones, and there is joy in honoring and valuing the pleasure zones of those around you. Believe me, as you get good at detecting pleasure zones, you will be able to identify them in your friends, children, parents, coworkers and spouse.

Once you uncover the zones of others, you will find yourself engaging in more positive supportive conversations of those with different zones than your own. The golfer and the sky jumper can support each other on Monday as they both individually express their own responsible pleasure zones.

I hope you are enjoying identifying primary pleasure zones, and I heartily welcome you to the pleasure zone lifestyle. {eoa}

Doug Weiss, Ph.D., is a nationally known author, speaker and licensed psychologist. He is the executive director of Heart to Heart Counseling Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the author of several books including, The Power of Pleasure. You may contact Dr. Weiss via his website, drdougweiss.com or on his Facebook, by phone at 719-278-3708 or through email at heart2heart@xc.org.


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Education Credit Union’s Financial Education Department won first place in the Desjardins Youth Financial Literacy Award in the $250 million to $1 billion asset category. 
           Marijuana Millionaires: How to Make 10x Profits in a $475 Billion Industry      Cache   Translate Page      
REAL WEALTH STRATEGISTS When medical marijuana receives federal legalization, fortunes will be made all across our country for the early investors who recognized the opportunity. As the market surges 4,067%, one stock could turn every $50 into more than $2,080. Inside this unedited version of Marijuana Millionaires, the top five stocks are outlined which could […]
          U.S. Decision to Defund UNRWA Aimed at Refocusing Attention on Ways to End the Conflict      Cache   Translate Page      
(Daily Signal) Brett Schaefer and James Phillips - UNRWA has existed for more than 60 years as a "temporary" initiative to address the needs of Palestinian refugees from the 1948 Israeli-Arab conflict and to facilitate their resettlement and/or repatriation. The U.S. has provided UNRWA with more than $6 billion since 1950. Unfortunately, that support did not bring the situation any closer to resolution. On the contrary, it absolved Palestinian leaders of the responsibility to provide health care, education, and other basic s