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           Comment on Federal Judge Attacks Trump As Adopting The Same Rhetoric and Tactics As The KKK by George       Comment   Translate Page      
Oh my, where to begin. This is not a federal judge, this is a federal charity project. This is a artificial construct as an sham judge; the product of $22 trillion taxpayer dollars unconstitutionally squandered on the "Great Society's" "War on Poverty" (Poverty won) and the unconstitutional communistic programs of "Affirmative Action Privilege" and "Generational Welfare," after the despotic ablation of constitutional rights, rational heritage and intrinsic merit. It is statistically impossible that, in a significantly larger pool, there are not thousands of eminently more qualified and deserving Americans eligible for this federal judgeship. The subject is empowered and confidant in his show of disrespect supported by the crutches of unconstitutional and communistic redistribution of wealth and social engineering. Unable to persist in a constitutional environment of freedom and merit, he covets and steals, both sins, to obtain the wealth and status created and exercised by others. It is pointless to claim he is breaking the rules when the rules were broken to ensconce him. He has no business being there and he has no business being overconfident in his insubordination. He may even spawn an inexorable "Van Jones Whitelash." In an environment of competition, this faux referee would fail by relying on the outcomes obtained by the content of his capacity and character. He is compelled to appeal for "alms for the poor" claiming compensation as a phantom societal debt for the color of his skin. Thank God, no, thank Karl Marx, for "Affirmative Action Privilege" and "Generational Welfare" - for the entire American welfare state. ___ "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr. __________________ America's societal success, as prescribed by its Founders, is not the dictatorship of a monarchy or the proletariat but freedom and free enterprise achieved through the efficiency of individual freedom, free market competition and merit - pure unadulterated merit.
          Weakening of Earth's magnetic field has greatly accelerated      Comment   Translate Page      

(ZeroHedge) Earth’s magnetic field is getting significantly weaker, the magnetic north pole is shifting at an accelerating pace, and scientists readily admit that a sudden pole shift could potentially cause “trillions of dollars” in damage. Today, most of us take the protection provided by Earth’s magnetic field completely for granted. It is essentially a colossal […]

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          NOT ONLY DO WE AGREE ON THE RULES WE AGREE ON THE POLICIES:      Comment   Translate Page      
Our Political Fights Are Bad Because We Don't Agree on the Rules (JIM GERAGHTY, April 12, 2019, National Review)

One of the reasons our politics is so contentious and angry is that we can't agree on what the rules are. Some of us want to argue that certain policies are good and certain policies are bad. But a vocal chunk of Americans don't really care about what the policies are; they would much rather argue that their side is right. They don't care if these are the same policies or comparable to those they denounced earlier. The system is clogged with bad-faith arguments, hypocrisy, and flip-flopping.

What do most Americans and most American policymakers think of running trillion-a-year deficits? It depends upon whether their party's president is the one running up the debts. When the other guys are in power, it's reckless endangerment of our children's future. When their own guys are in power, it's a necessary step to ensure economic growth.

When someone prominent is accused of a crime, is the bigger concern the rights of the accused and the burden of proof, or the rights of the victim to have her account heard and for the crime to be punished? For many people, it depends upon the partisan status of the person accused. Some people believed the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh instantly and adamantly insisted his confirmation to the Supreme Court was a great injustice; some of those same people take little interest in the women accusing Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax -- and some people reversed their responses in the other direction.

The antiwar movement around Iraq and Afghanistan proved to be an anti-Bush movement; once Obama was in office, the protests grew more sparse and less covered. When one side's leaders take military action, it's protecting Americans in a dangerous world; when the other side's leaders take military action, it's irresponsible warmongering.

For many Americans, when the side they like uses heated rhetoric, it's speaking truth to power. When the side they don't like uses heated rhetoric, it's hate speech and dangerous incitement.

We have so few policy differences at the End of History that all we have left to argue about is which sneeches have star bellies. After all, the deficit doesn't matter; Bret Kavanaugh is indistinguishable from Merrick Garland judicially; and we all agree that Saddam needed to be removed.

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          Стихийные бедствия за 40 лет стоили Европе полтриллиона евро      Comment   Translate Page      

Экономический ущерб от стихийных бедствий, нанесенный Европе с 1980-го по 2017 год, оценивается в 453 млрд евро, сообщает греческая газета Kathimerini. Согласно исследованию Европейского агентства по окружающей среде, наибольшие экономические потери за указанный период времени от природных катаклизмов понесла Германия — более 96 млрд евро. Далее идут Италия и Франция, где ущерб составил 64,6 и […]

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          2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #15      Comment   Translate Page      
A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Apr 7 through Sat, Apr 13, 2019

Editor's Pick

The world could transition entirely to cheap, safe renewable energy before 2050: Finnish study

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A study from the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and the Energy Watch Group (EWG) from Germany says a global transition to the exclusive use of renewable energy is possible before 2050. (iStock) 

A global transition to the exclusive use of renewable energy sources is not only possible but also cheaper and safer than reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear energy, according to a new study from the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and the Energy Watch Group (EWG) from Germany.

The study claims that the rapid development of renewable energy sources and energy storage technology will likely make it possible for the entire planet to reduce its CO2 emissions to zero even earlier than the current 2050 deadline.

The report is the first of its kind to suggest a cost-effective, all-inclusive, global roadmap to keep average global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius. It is also the first planet-wide climate change resistance plan that suggests not using carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) techniques to mechanically remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

According to the model, in 2050 some 69 percent of the world’s energy would come from solar panels, 18 percent from wind power, 3 percent from hydropower systems and 6 percent from bioenergy.

Fossil fuels and nuclear power would not be needed at all. Cars, planes and ships would run on carbon-neutral synthetic fuels produced from hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

The world could transition entirely to cheap, safe renewable energy before 2050: Finnish study, Yle News (Finland), Apr 12, 2019 


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          Current Affairs 13th April 2019 | Daily GK Update       Comment   Translate Page      
Dear Aspirants,

The General Awareness Section plays an important role in scoring well above cut off marks in any competitive exam. The Banking Awareness and Static Awareness questions asked in the General Awareness Section are based on Current Affairs mainly. So you need to prepare well this section to score good marks. Here is the Daily GK Update to get you acquainted with the top events that made the headlines today!!

Current-Affairs-Daily-GK-Update

International News


1. Hong Kong's Stock Market Overtakes Japan To Be World's 3rd Largest

i. Hong Kong's equity market has overtaken Japan to be the world’s third largest in value, behind only the U.S. and mainland China. 
ii. Hong Kong’s market cap was $5.78 trillion, compared with $5.76 trillion for Japan, according to data compiled by Bloomberg based on where primary securities are listed.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains Exam:
  • Hong Kong is an autonomous territory, and former British colony, in southeastern China.

    2. Jean Michel Lapin Announced As Haiti's New Prime Minister


    i. President Jovenel Moise announced that Jean Michel Lapin will be the new prime minister of Haiti. It is French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

    Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains Exam:
    • Haiti Capital: Port-au-Prince, Currency: Haitian gourde.

      Awards

      3. 2 West Bengal Government Schemes Win UN Awards


      i. Two schemes of the West Bengal government for skill development- “Utkarsh Bangla” and distribution of bicycles to students “Sabooj Sathi” have won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) awards of the United Nations.
      ii. The "Utkarsh Bangla" project aims at creating a pool of skilled candidates who are industry ready, while under the "Sabooj Sathi" scheme, bicycles are distributed to students between class IX and XII studying in government-run and government-aided schools and madrashas of the state.

      Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains Exam:
      • Keshari Nath Tripathi is the governor of West Bengal.
      • Mamta Banerjee is the CM of West Bengal.

      4. Telugu Poet K Siva Reddy Selected For Prestigious Saraswati Samman 2018


      i. Telugu poet K Siva Reddy has been selected for the prestigious Saraswati Samman, 2018 for his collection of poetry titled Pakkaki Ottigilite. The award carries a cash prize of 15 lakh rupees, a citation and a plaque.
      ii. The award, instituted by the KK Birla Foundation in 1991, is given annually for an outstanding literary work written in any Indian language and published during the last 10 years.

            Business News

            5. DoT Approves Merger of Tata Tele Unit & Airtel With Riders 


            i. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has approved the merger of Tata Teleservices with Bharti Airtel Ltd., subject to the condition that it furnishes a Rs 7200 crore bank guarantee.
            ii. Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha gave his conditional nod for the merger. The guarantees are mostly related to one-time spectrum charges (OTSC) and some deferred airwave charges, according to people aware of the development. 

                      Appointments


                      6. Gargi Kaul Appointed Secretary of Defence Finance

                      i. In a bureaucratic reshuffle, the Centre has appointed Gargi Kaul as Secretary, Defence Finance. 
                      ii. She is a 1984-batch officer of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS). Kaul was earlier Financial Advisor, Defence Services in the Defence Ministry.

                      Static/Current Takeaways Important For LIC AAO Mains Exam:
                      • Sanjay Mitra is the present Defence Secretary.

                        Important Days

                          7. International Day of Human Space Flight: 12 April


                          i. The General Assembly declared 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for mankind.
                          ii. 12 April 1961 was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen. 
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                                    It's Hard Staying Focused On Issues In The Midst Of Trump's 10-Ring Circus-- But Bernie Is Staying On Message       Comment   Translate Page      



                          How does Trump get people to not think about his disastrous economic policies, built on an entirely wasteful deficit that has nearly doubled to a trillion dollars since he occupied the White House? His pathetic circus routine has done the trick in a general sort of way. No one seems to be paying attention, for example, to his trade agenda with new outages come out every day, often more than one a day.

                          Yesterday, for example, Jake Tapper broke the news that a senior White House source-- probably Kushner-in-law or someone trying to get Kushner-in-law in trouble-- leaked the news that Trump told the Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan that he would grant him a pardon if he were sent to jail for having border agents illegally block asylum seekers from entering the U.S. Another Hair on Fire Friday moment! (And, by the way, since then Trump named McAleenan, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.)

                          Active Shooter by Nancy Ohanian


                          Doing his best to leave Trump's constant, insane and attention-grabbing provocations to the media, Bernie keeps focusing on his core issues of income inequality and a rigged system. Yesterday he followed up on his trade agenda by releasing the video below, itself an update of the video above from last year. Bernie's key points about Trump's soggy trade deal with Mexico and Canada-- currently in no man's land in Congress where it has virtually no chance of being ratified-- are that:
                          the deal would continue to ship U.S. jobs to Mexico because Mexico's workers make as little as two dollars an hour, which the deal doesn't address
                          the deal doesn't protect the enironment
                          the deal is a give-away to pharmaceuticals and other big corporate special interests
                          Last November Bernie told his Vermont constituents exactly why he opposes Trump's deal too replace the same NAFTA that Bernie has always opposed and feels needs to be replaced.
                          As someone who not only voted against NAFTA, but walked on the picket lines against it, there is no question that this unfettered trade deal needs to be fundamentally rewritten. In my view, a re-negotiated NAFTA must stop the outsourcing of U.S. jobs, end the destructive race to the bottom, protect the environment, and lower the outrageously high price of prescription drugs. Clearly, Trump’s NAFTA 2.0 does not meet these standards and I will strongly oppose it in its current form. Unless strong enforcement mechanisms are written into the text of this agreement, corporations will continue to ship U.S. jobs to Mexico where workers are paid as little as $2 an hour.

                          Further, this deal includes some outrageous giveaways to the fossil fuel industry and big pharmaceutical companies that will harm the environment and increase prices for life-saving prescription drugs. Before this deal is sent to Congress for a vote it must include strong enforcement mechanisms to increase jobs and wages and all of the riders that benefit big fossil fuel polluters and pharmaceutical companies must be taken out of it. Trade is a good thing-- but it has got to be fair.

                                    The Mathematics of (Hacking) Passwords | Math - Scientific American      Comment   Translate Page      
                          Photo: Jean-Paul Delahaye
                          Jean-Paul Delahaye, professor emeritus of computer science at the University of Lille in France and a researcher at the Center for Research in Computer Science explains, The science and art of password setting and cracking continues to evolve, as does the war between password users and abusers.

                          Photo: Gaetan Charbonneau Getty Images
                          At one time or another, we have all been frustrated by trying to set a password, only to have it rejected as too weak. We are also told to change our choices regularly. Obviously such measures add safety, but how exactly?

                          I will explain the mathematical rationale for some standard advice, including clarifying why six characters are not enough for a good password and why you should never use only lowercase letters. I will also explain how hackers can uncover passwords even when stolen data sets lack them.

                          Here is the logic behind setting hack-resistant passwords. When you are asked to create a password of a certain length and combination of elements, your choice will fit into the realm of all unique options that conform to that rule—into the “space” of possibilities. For example, if you were told to use six lowercase letters—such as, afzjxd, auntie, secret, wwwwww—the space would contain 266, or 308,915,776, possibilities. In other words, there are 26 possible choices for the first letter, 26 possible choices for the second, and so forth. These choices are independent: you do not have to use different letters, so the size of the password space is the product of the possibilities, or 26 x 26 x 26 x 26 x 26 x 26 = 266.

                          If you are told to select a 12-character password that can include uppercase and lowercase letters, the 10 digits and 10 symbols (say, !, @, #, $, %, ^, &, ?, / and +), you would have 72 possibilities for each of the 12 characters of the password. The size of the possibility space would then be 7212 (19,408,409,961,765,342,806,016, or close to 19 x 1021).

                          That is more than 62 trillion times the size of the first space. A computer running through all the possibilities for your 12-character password one by one would take 62 trillion times longer. If your computer spent a second visiting the six-character space, it would have to devote two million years to examining each of the passwords in the 12-character space. The multitude of possibilities makes it impractical for a hacker to carry out a plan of attack that might have been feasible for the six-character space...

                          You can check whether any of your passwords has already been hacked by using a Web tool called Pwned Passwords (https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords). Its database includes more than 500 million passwords obtained after various attacks.

                          I tried e=mc2e=mc2, which I liked and believed to be secure, and received an unsettling response: “This password has been seen 114 times before.” Additional attempts show that it is difficult to come up with easy-to-memorize passwords that the database does not know. For example, aaaaaa appeared 395,299 times; a1b2c3d4, 113,550 times; abcdcba, 378 times; abczyx, 186 times; acegi, 117 times; clinton, 18,869 times; bush, 3,291 times; obama, 2,391 times; trump, 859 times.
                          Read more...

                          Source: Scientific American

                                     Comment on The World’s Glaciers are Down by 9 Trillion Tonnes of Ice in the Last Half Century by Ben Dhyan       Comment   Translate Page      
                          No need to be afraid of them, just provide the facts. I too don't deny the facts, but I don't blindly accept the runaway global warming fear campaign.
                                     Comment on The World’s Glaciers are Down by 9 Trillion Tonnes of Ice in the Last Half Century by Ben Dhyan       Comment   Translate Page      
                          ...and btw, did you know the transition from interglacial to ice age takes about 2,000 years? An approx 1C temperature increase over the last century is no indication of runaway temperature.
                                     Comment on The World’s Glaciers are Down by 9 Trillion Tonnes of Ice in the Last Half Century by Ben Dhyan       Comment   Translate Page      
                          Dear Kalaharidreaming, if you are a true believer in runaway global warming, any and all explanations to the contrary will be denied. That is ok, you are welcome to your belief, it is the future that will prove one of us correct.
                                     Comment on The World’s Glaciers are Down by 9 Trillion Tonnes of Ice in the Last Half Century by Kalaharidreaming       Comment   Translate Page      
                          I quoted the comment that follows "On a personal note" suggesting most readers of Universe today would accept climate change. The comment by Ben does not, ironically, and flies in the face of the science. Simple response.
                                     Comment on The World’s Glaciers are Down by 9 Trillion Tonnes of Ice in the Last Half Century by Pvt.Pantzov       Comment   Translate Page      
                          That was supposed to be a reply to the post above it. Not to Evan.
                                    Bond market dangers expose traders to $2 trillion wipeout      Comment   Translate Page      
                          Ultra-low bond yields and reduced liquidity could blindside investors and exacerbate losses once the market turns.
                                    Saturday midday open thread: Saving $160 trillion with renewables; surtaxing the 0.1%      Comment   Translate Page      

                          What’s coming up on Sunday Kos:

                          • This isn't the first time right-wingers used 9/11 as a weapon. Remember Limbaugh's lies about Obama, by Ian Reifowitz
                          • Donald Trump will be re-elected president of the United States without a real conversation, by Egberto Willies
                          • Country is changing—the music genre, that is, by Chris Reeves 
                          • Congress needs Trump’s tax returns to investigate $400 billion pass-through scam, by Jon Perr
                          • The threat of White Power and Nationalism rises while Conservatives gaslight and ignore the danger, by Frank Vyan Walton
                          • 'Democrats must nominate a white guy in 2020.' Oh, really? by Sher Watts Spooner
                          • The other mayor running for president: A conversation with Wayne Messam, by Armando
                          • Cutting off Puerto Rico's Medicaid is not a 'fiscal cliff.' It will push people off a cliff—to die, by Denise Oliver Velez    

                          Hemispheric heat wave of 2018 impossible without climate change, study says:

                          A study presented this week at a scientific conference in Vienna now shows that last summer's extreme heat was an "unprecedented" hemispheric event that would not have happened without heat-trapping greenhouse gas pollution, the researchers said, and that it lasted longer and was more widespread across the Northern Hemisphere than previously realized.

                          All summers will be like last year if the world warms 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, said the study's lead author Martha Vogel, an extreme-temperature researcher with ETH Zürich Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science. Even with 1.5 degrees Celsius warming, 25 percent of the Northern Hemisphere will experience a summer as hot as the summer of 2018 two out of every three years, she said.

                          Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack of Iowa’s 2nd CD announces retirement: Loebsack is in his seventh term representing the district, which, went for Trump by 4 percentage points in 2016 after being strongly Democratic in other recent presidential elections. It is one of the 55 initial 2020 targets announced by the National Republican Campaign Committee in February.

                          Critics say FCC’s new rural broadband plan isn’t all that new:

                          The FCC on Friday received a wave of largely positive press for a new broadband proposal the government claims will revolutionize telecom markets and help drive fiber and fifth-generation (5G) wireless to rural America. But industry watchers say the agency’s proposal is light on actual details, and much of the plan isn’t actually new. [...]

                          Some industry watchers are skeptical given the agency has spent much of the last few years chipping away at rural and tribal broadband programs, slowly but steadily eliminating numerous consumer protections, and actively trying to obscure the broadband industry’s biggest and most obvious problem: a lack of serious competition. 

                          MIDDAY TWEET

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                          Analysis shows Trump tax scam gave 10,260,263 American families a tax hike.

                          Constraining the political clout of the 1/10th of 1% with a 10% surtax:

                          It’s well-known by now that the richest 1 percent of American households have essentially doubled the share of national income they claim since the late 1970s. Less well-known is that inequality has even risen within the top 1 percent, with the top 10 percent of that overall group—or the top 0.1 percent—accounting for half of all income within the top 1 percent. [...]

                          We propose a 10 percent surtax on all income over the top 0.1 percent threshold. For simplicity, the income threshold should be defined by a taxpayer’s adjusted gross income (AGI). The threshold for the tax should be determined by the IRS to have only the top 0.1 percent affected in the first year, then it should be indexed by overall inflation. In the last year of IRS dataavailable (2016), this top 0.1 percent threshold was $2.3 million. The surtax would apply to all income above AGI, including dividends and realized capital gains.

                          Our preliminary estimate is that such a surtax would raise roughly $75 billion in its first year of implementation and roughly $800 billion in its first decade. 

                          IRENA reports accelerated switch to renewable sources of electricity would save $160 trillion over the next 30 years: The report found that “new jobs associated with the transition (i.e. renewable generation, energy efficiency and energy flexibility) significantly outweighing the jobs lost in the fossil fuel sector.” There would be 11 million net new jobs gained.

                          Cummings to issue subpoena for Trump’s financial records on Monday: House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings of Maryland plans to issue a subpoena for 10 years of Donald Trump’s financial records from accounting firm Mazars USA.

                          Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio.”


                                    ESIC UDC and Steno Exam: Current Affairs Questions | 14th April 2019      Comment   Translate Page      
                          Dear Aspirants,

                          ESIC-UDC-and-Steno-Exam

                          Current Affairs Questions for ESIC UDC and Steno Exam 2019 :

                          The General Awareness Section of Banking Exams covers numerous sections in it like Banking Awareness, Static GK, and Current Affairs. Most of the questions in GA appear from Current Affairs section. So it becomes important for you all to cover this particular section with sincerity and seriousness. The questions on Static and Banking Awareness are related to the countries, events or anything that has been in news for a while. Knowledge of current news also helps you deal with the PI (Personal Interview) more efficiently so you do not give a mumble jumble answer to the interviewee's simple questions. Here is a quiz on Current Affairs to let you assess your Current Affairs Knowledge.




                          Q1. Which among the following bank has been identified as number 1 bank by customers in India, as per Forbes World’s Best Bank survey?
                          ICICI Bank
                          SBI
                          HDFC Bank
                          BoB
                          Axis Bank
                          Solution:
                          HDFC Bank has been identified as number 1 bank by customers in India, as per Forbes World’s Best Bank survey. In the first edition of this survey, Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to measure the best banks in 23 countries.

                          Q2. Tata Consultancy Services partnered with which of the following tech firm to build industry-specific cloud solutions?
                          Google Cloud
                          Microsoft
                          WIPRO
                          Infosys
                          None of the given options is true
                          Solution:
                          Tata Consultancy Services partnered with Google Cloud to build industry-specific cloud solutions. TCS’ solutions on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) will help enterprises build secure, cloud-native analytics platforms that enable high levels of personalization, and are cost-effective, easy to maintain, and future ready.

                          Q3. Name the oil company that has bagged the prestigious ‘AIMA Managing India Award 2019 for outstanding PSU of the year.’
                          HPCL
                          GAIL
                          BPCL
                          Indian Oil Corporation
                          SAIL
                          Solution:
                          Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has bagged the prestigious ‘AIMA Managing India Award 2019 for outstanding PSU of the year.’ The award was presented by former President Pranab Mukherjee to Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, Indian Oil.

                          Q4. Name the Israeli Prime Minister who has won a fifth term in office.
                          Mahmoud Abbas
                          Benjamin Netanyahu
                          Avigdor Lieberman
                          Benny Gantz
                          Ariel Sharon
                          Solution:
                          Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won a fifth term in office. His closest opponent’s party the Blue and White party conceded defeat, clearing the path for Netanyahu to set up a coalition government.

                          Q5. The equity market of which of the following Territory/country has overtaken Japan to be the world’s third largest in value, behind only the U.S. and China?
                          Laos
                          Cambodia
                          Russia
                          Hong Kong
                          France
                          Solution:
                          Hong Kong’s equity market has overtaken Japan to be the world’s third largest in value, behind only the U.S. and mainland China. Hong Kong’s market cap was $5.78 trillion, compared with $5.76 trillion for Japan, according to data compiled by Bloomberg based on where primary securities are listed.

                          Q6. Name the Telugu poet who has been selected for the prestigious Saraswati Samman, 2018 for his collection of poetry titled Pakkaki Ottigilite.
                          Natarajan Gopi
                          Aarudhra
                          K Siva Reddy
                          Kalipatnam Ramarao
                          Gunturu Seshendra Sarma
                          Solution:
                          Telugu poet K Siva Reddy has been selected for the prestigious Saraswati Samman, 2018 for his collection of poetry titled Pakkaki Ottigilite. The award carries a cash prize of 15 lakh rupees, a citation and a plaque.

                          Q7. Two schemes of the West Bengal government for skill development and distribution of bicycles to students have won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) awards of the United Nations. Name those 2 schemes.
                          Rupashree Prakalpa and Sabooj Sathi
                          Sabooj Sathi and Lokprasar Prakalpa
                          Utkarsh Bangla and Sabooj Sathi
                          Swasthya Sathi Scheme and Utkarsh Bangla
                          Sabujshree and Sufal Bangla
                          Solution:
                          Two schemes of the West Bengal government for skill development- “Utkarsh Bangla” and distribution of bicycles to students “Sabooj Sathi” have won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) awards of the United Nations.

                          Q8. The General Assembly declared _______ as the International Day of Human Space Flight.
                          13 April
                          12 April
                          15 April
                          10 April
                          9 April
                          Solution:
                          The General Assembly declared 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for mankind. 12 April 1961 was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen.

                          Q9. The Centre has recently appointed ________ as Secretary, Defence Finance.
                          Gargi Kaul
                          Nimisha Sethi
                          Rupam Shah
                          Gurmeet Kaur
                          Netani Shah
                          Solution:
                          In a bureaucratic reshuffle, the Centre has appointed Gargi Kaul as Secretary, Defence Finance. She is a 1984-batch officer of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS). Kaul was earlier Financial Advisor, Defence Services in the Defence Ministry.

                          Q10. President Jovenel Moise announced that _________ will be the new prime minister of Haiti.
                          Jean-Henry Ceant
                          None of the given options is true
                          Reginald Boulos
                          Jean Michel Lapin
                          Jack Guy Lafontant
                          Solution:
                          President Jovenel Moise announced that Jean Michel Lapin will be the new prime minister of Haiti. It is French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

                                         


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                                    Net Worth Estimates: Jokowi Rp50 Billion, Prabowo Rp1.9 Trillion, says KPU      Comment   Translate Page      

                          As the election draws closer, The General Elections Commission (KPU) has announced the breakdown of the official wealth reports (LHKPN) of presidential candidates Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto, along with their running mates, Sandiaga Uno and Ma’ruf Amin, on their official website. KPU chairman, Arief Budiman, revealed that Joko Widodo’s total wealth stands at Rp50 billion. “Jokowi’s total wealth is Rp50,248,349,788 up to 14th August 2018,” he confirmed. Jokowi’s running mate, Muslim cleric Ma’ruf Amin, has a net worth of approximately Rp11 billion. Arief also noted that Jokowi’s rival, former army general Prabowo Subianto, has a net worth of Rp1.9 trillion. “Prabowo’s net worth up to 9th August 2018 is Rp1,952,013,493,659,” he added. Prabowo’s running mate, Sandiaga Uno, has a total wealth of over Rp 5 trillion – the richest out of all the presidential and vice-presidential candidates running in the 2019 election. According to the KPU website, Sandiaga’s total wealth amounts to Rp5,099,960,524,965. The wealthy businessman is known to be one of the largest shareholders of PT. Saratoga Investama Sedaya, Tbk, private equity company. Sandiaga is known to have traded Saratoga’s shares a few times over the last few months to fund his campaigns. The latest transaction was made yesterday, 12th April, which added Rp71.2 billion to his wealth. Source: Tempo Image: Merdeka See: Prabowo Rallies Supporters in Jokowi’s hometown of Solo, Claims on Holy Mission to Save Indonesia

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                                    Bank of Indonesia Records Rp91 Trillion Capital Inflows      Comment   Translate Page      

                          The Bank of Indonesia has recorded nearly Rp91 trillion or US$6.44 billion of capital inflows during 2019. About Rp75 trillion of this has been invested in government debt papers, whilst the remainder has been invested in the stock exchange. “The inflow is good. The SBN auctions were always oversubscribed,” BI deputy governor, Mirza Adityaswara, said. He also added that the inflows through the stock exchange were recorded at Rp3.8 trillion this month alone, while those through SBNs had reached Rp1.2 trillion. This is a different composition to the capital inflows recorded last year, as then inflowing money was mostly invested in the stock exchange. The capital outflows for last year was also recorded as quite high, at Rp24.9 trillion. According to Mirza, the high volume of capital inflows implies investors have high levels of confidence in Indonesian macroeconomic conditions. The inflow also suggests that the government has successfully managed to control inflation. He added that the current account deficit is also narrowing. Source: The Jakarta Post Image: China Daily See: Online Hazards

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                                    How to biohack your cells to fight cancer — Greg Foot      Comment   Translate Page      
                          Check out the science of biohacking, where biologists go into a patient’s genetic code and reprogram their immune system to recognize and fight cancer cells. - The human body is made up of about 30 trillion cells that carry a code which has been duplicated over and over for billions of years — with varying […]
                                    An Interview With The Most Powerful Man On Wall Street      Comment   Translate Page      

                          Amid a rising legislative chorus demanding a halt to corporate buybacks (an activity which was illegal until 1982), with Congress realizing that most of the funds released by Trump's tax cut and offshore tax repatriation were used not for capex or hiring but merely to levitate stock prices, last week Goldman's chief equity strategist published the most "inspired" defense of buybacks, in which he said that from a portfolio strategy perspective, "the potential restriction on buybacks would likely have five implications for the US equity market: (1) slow EPS growth; (2) boost cash spending on dividends, M&A, and debt paydown; (3) widen trading ranges; (4) reduce demand for shares; and (5) lower company valuations."

                          Or, as we summarized it, if Congress were to ban buybacks, it would likely crash the market. Hence Goldman's increasingly vocal defense of corporate buybacks, which incidentally are the biggest source of stock demand in the past decade.

                          Then, just a few days later, Goldman - clearly worried that the anti-buyback push is gathering steam in Congress - published yet another research report discussing the "Buyback Realities", in which it paradoxically tried to mitigate the role buybacks have on price formation and capital misallocation just one week after it explained how banning buybacks would have disastrous consequences for stocks.

                          Of note, one of the charts in the defensive report had the following informative summary on the history of buybacks, in which Goldman explained that "in the past buybacks were not illegal [ZH: they were illegal prior to 1982] but were typically avoided because US companies feared government charges of market manipulation." As a result, for decades US companies returned cash to shareholders almost exclusively via dividends, and from 1880 to 1980, the dividend payout ratio averaged 78% of earnings (companies also had the option to repurchase shares via tender offers, in which they would buy a certain amount of shares at a pre-determined price/time, however the price moving impact of such operations was virtually nil).

                          Then, everything changed in 1982 with the passage of Rule 10b-18, which provided companies a safe harbor against charges of market manipulation when repurchasing their shares.

                          In short, buybacks were illegal until 1982 for a reason - market manipulation - and then they gradually became mainstream, with  stock buybacks and dividends rising to 90% of the cumulative payout ratio of S&P 500 earnings in the 2002-2018 period. The cherry on top: in 2019, Goldman forecasts companies will spend a record $940 billion on buybacks (with $1.1 trillion in buyback announcements) up 16% from the prior record hit in 2018.

                          Some more staggering context: since the 2008 financial crisis, the S&P 500 companies have repurchased about $5 trillion of their own shares, which represents approximately 20% of the current market capitalization.

                          So while it remains to be seen if Congress will ban buybacks, one thing is certain: as Goldman's David Kostin cautioned last week, without company buybacks, demand for shares would fall dramatically, for one simple reason: repurchases have consistently been the largest source of US equity demand. Since 2010, corporate demand for shares has far exceeded demand from all other investor categories combined. Net buybacks for all US equities averaged $420 billion annually during the past nine years. In contrast, during this period, average annual equity demand from households, mutual funds, pension funds, and foreign investors was less than $10 billion for each category – despite the fact these categories collectively own 83% of corporate equities. Buybacks represented the largest source of equity demand in 2018. This is shown in the table below.

                          Then, overnight, Kostin reiterated this point, saying that "buybacks remain the largest source of net demand for US equities. Other ownership categories have been generally reducing equity exposure, including mutual funds."

                          What this means is the following: with buybacks having become the most important marginal buyer of stocks, the one trading desk that dominates the daily flow of buybacks - which amount to just under $3 billion in gross purchases each and every day - has more influence on the overall market than even the NY Fed. And the person who controls that trading desk will be the most powerful person on Wall Street.

                          Meet Neil Kearns.

                          Kearns, a name few have ever heard of - certainly not a name on par with Stevie Cohen, Israel Englander, Larry Fink, Lloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon, Bill Dudley or any other hedge fund billionaire that is part of the Wall Street folklore - is the head of Goldman Sachs’ corporate trading desk: the desk the executes hundreds of billions in corporate buyback orders for clients all around the world. And with Goldman sporting the largest buyback trading desk on Wall Street, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that - with the fate of the stock market in the hands of corporate buybacks - Neil is the most powerful man on Wall Street right now.

                          In its latest "Top of Mind" publication, Goldman sat down with Kearns, this "master of the buyback universe", to address the size, impact, and outlook for US share repurchases. Since Neil is the man that sees more buyback dollars executed in any year than anyone else, he is just the right man to answer all buyback related questions.

                          Q: How large is the corporate bid in the stock market?

                          A: US corporates have been the largest net buyers of US equity for the last decade, repurchasing $5tn+ since the financial crisis. Last year, roughly $1.1 trillion of repurchases were authorized, with about $900 billion actually repurchased. As a share of the overall trading footprint, that’s around 6-7% of average composite volume, which might be viewed as a slightly underwhelming number. But companies repurchase stock under rule 10b-18, a safe harbor enacted by the SEC in 1982 to provide companies an affirmative defense against accusations of stock price manipulation. This rule provides volume, timing and price limitations on how companies buy back stock. Pulling out the non-eligible volume, the trading footprint increases to about 10% on average, and into the teens during market weakness.

                          Q: What is the major driver of volatility in share repurchases?

                          A: The largest driver of share repurchase volatility is broader equity market performance. In particular, the corporate bid tends to  become more aggressive in a falling market as fundamental investors move to the sidelines. In periods of extreme dislocation, like we witnessed at the end of last year, repurchase activity can temporarily spike by multiples of average levels, as companies take advantage of attractive price points/valuations, and which may ultimately also have a secondary effect of tempering price volatility. That said, companies are cognizant of their trading footprints and generally aim to be less than 10% of trading volume.

                          Q: How much seasonality is there in share repurchases?

                          A: There is not a great deal of seasonality. Q1 tends to be the lightest quarter of activity—about 23% of total annual notional— given that companies have the least visibility on what earnings will look like that year. Q2 tends to be a little bit more active at  around 24%, while the last two quarters average around 26 to 27%, as companies feel more confident in repurchase levels given greater clarity on earnings strength/cash flow generation in the second half of the year.

                          Q: We are in the midst of a blackout window for share repurchases, which occurs four times a year around quarterly earnings. Does that mean companies can’t buy stock?

                          A: No. The other rule relevant to share repurchase programs is 10b5-1. The SEC enacted this rule in 2000 to provide senior executives, who have a desire to sell equity, an affirmative defense to any charge of insider trading, by adopting a written plan to sell at a time when they are not in possession of material non-public information (MNPI). The plan is a written contract between the individual and their broker, and contains very specific instructions on trade dates, sale parameters, etc. Though the plan may extend through a blackout window when the individual possesses MNPI, because it’s ultimately on auto-pilot, the executive is protected. Companies have applied this same safe harbor to buyback programs, enacting plans before the blackout window that will run on auto-pilot during the window. Very little public information is available on 10b5-1s, but an internal analysis of 350 companies suggests that approximately 85% of companies utilize them to continue to purchase stock during closed windows. Companies do tend to be more conservative than in the open window (when they have access to real time information); we observe a notional spend reduction of ~30% during the blackout window.

                          Q: How do companies judge the success of their stock repurchase programs?

                          A: From an execution standpoint, most companies judge the success of their program by comparing the average price at which they’ve purchased their shares on any given day, to the volume weighted average price (VWAP)—a daily benchmark that is readily available on Bloomberg. If their purchase price is below VWAP, they’ve “saved” money. Given the billions of dollars spent annually on share buybacks today, senior management and more frequently, corporate boards, have become increasingly focused on execution performance versus the daily benchmark, in some cases adjusting the structure of their program to specifically achieve this. In my view, this narrow focus on daily VWAP has the potential risk of missing more attractive valuation opportunities.

                          Q: How would you judge investor focus on stock buybacks today?

                          A: Focus from the buy side community is at an all-time high, with investors frequently questioning whether the very strong corporate bid we’ve observed over the past decade will persist, and looking at this as a potential harbinger of equity market performance. But if investors are looking to share repurchases for market direction, they are probably one or two quarters behind; corporate earnings drive share repurchases—not the other way around.

                          Q: Do you see any evidence that the corporate bid is diminishing, especially given increased focus in Washington, DC?

                          A: Not currently. Share repurchase authorizations are up approximately 13% yoy, which is remarkable given the surge in buybacks last year. And more broadly, the US economy continues to do reasonably well, the Fed appears to be on pause, and US-China trade negotiations are moving in the right direction. So we have little reason to believe that US corporates will not continue to generate strong free cash flow, which, as I mentioned, has historically been the primary driver of stock repurchases.


                                    In Iraq, as US Influence Ebbs, Iran's Flows      Comment   Translate Page      
                          March 31, 2019 (Gunnar Ulson – NEO) – In the dead of Christmas night last year, to evade possibly being shot down, US President Donald Trump made a surprise, whirlwind visit to US troops in Iraq.
                          He visited Al Asad Air Base about 100 miles west of Baghdad in Al Anbar province, or about halfway between Baghdad and the Syrian border where US forces are also operating. Between Al Asad and Baghdad are the notorious cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, hotbeds of resistance after the 2003 US invasion, and since then, hotbeds of extremism fueling the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.
                          The base is home to about 5,000 US service members.
                          As in Syria, America’s presence in Iraq seems to be clinging to areas where extremism and separatism are greatest. In many instances, it is the US openly and deliberately encouraging both, especially in Kurdish territory stretching over both nations, but also in areas dominated by Sunni Muslims where extremist fronts like Al Qaeda and IS believe they can find support.
                          The fact that President Trump visited American forces in the dead of night, meeting no one from the actual Iraqi military or government, helps illustrate the increasingly isolated position the US holds in Iraq.
                          While the US claims it is fighting extremists from Syria to Iraq and beyond, with Syrian, Russian, Iranian and Iraqi forces clearing these extremists out of virtually all corners of Syria and Iraq except where US forces occupy, it seems the US isn’t fighting extremism, it is cultivating it.
                          Enter Iran
                          Several months later, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made his first official visit to Iraq. His trip brought him to the center of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. There he met with top representatives of the Iraqi government including Iraqi President Barham Salih. He also travelled through the city to visit Al-Kadhimiya Mosque, a particularly important pilgrimage site for Shia’a Muslims.
                          President Rouhani had previously commented on Trump’s swooping in at night and his failure to meet with any actual Iraqis in an open and official capacity. The Washington Post would quote President Rouhani as also stating:
                          “You have to walk in the streets of Baghdad … to find out how people will welcome you.”
                          In addition to meeting Iraqi representatives and leaders, and travelling through Baghdad, President Rouhani also signed agreements involving “oil and gas, land transport, railways, agriculture, industry, health and regarding the central bank,” the Washington Post would report.
                          French news portal France24 would note in their article, “Iraq attempts balancing act as Iran’s Rouhani arrives for first official visit,” that:
                          Last year, Iran’s exports to Iraq amounted to nearly $9 billion. Tehran hopes to increase the roughly $13 billion volume in trade between the two neighbouring countries to $20 billion. Also, some 5 million religious tourists bring in nearly $5 billion a year as Iraqis and Iranians visit Shiite holy sites in the two countries.
                          The article would note the growing ties between the two nations and the growing influence Iran has over Iraq in contrast to America’s ebbing presence there.
                          Iraq-Iran Ties are Built on Mutual Interests – US Ties are Built on Fabricated Threats 
                          The Trump-Rouhani visits and the stark contrast between the two illustrates another very important point.
                          President Trump would openly admit the US was in Iraq to “to watch Iran,” the New York Times would report.
                          The New York Times would also report:
                          Mr. Trump’s comments come as the United States has quietly been negotiating with Iraq for weeks to allow perhaps hundreds of American commandos and support troops now operating in Syria to shift to bases in Iraq and strike the Islamic State from there. Military leaders are seeking to maintain pressure on the militant group as the president fundamentally reorders policy toward Syria and toward Afghanistan, where peace talks with the Taliban are underway.
                          Yet there are serious problems with this claim. President Rouhani’s visit highlights Iran as a key ally for Iraq.
                          In terms of security, Iranian-backed militias helped rid Iraq as well as neighboring Syria of Al Qaeda, its affiliates and IS.
                          And as just pointed out, Iran is also a key economic partner for Iraq.
                          The US on the other hand has little to offer in terms of security or economics. Its presence in Iraq to allegedly fight extremists it and its regional allies themselves helped fund and arm in the first place, only adds to Iraq’s many security challenges.
                          In terms of economics, while the US provides Iraq a large export market, it is a market still dwarfed by China and India. It is also smaller than the combined export market of Iraq’s major European trade partners. The geographical proximity of Iraq and Iran to one another means deeper and more practical economic ties can be developed than anything on offer by the US, if economic partnership was actually one of Washington’s goals.
                          By President Trump’s own admission, the US is in Iraq not to assist it in any way, but to use it for Washington’s own self-serving agenda regarding neighboring Iran. Since the United States and its Persian Gulf allies have nothing of significant value to offer Iraq in terms of real security or economics, it is instead playing a diplomatic balancing act where it associates with and radicalizes Sunni communities, then poses as combating the terrorism that predictably results.
                          It is a balancing act that is hardly sustainable, especially opposite the significant security and economic benefits Iran can counter-offer Baghdad.
                          It is not hard to see why Iran’s influence in the Middle East continues to flow, despite being targeted by the US through an array of subversive measures, while US influence in the region ebbs despite having a clear advantage in terms of resources and military might.
                          It is also not hard to see the significance of remaining US bases in Iraq being in Kurdish areas or regions where extremism still persists. The US presence in Al Anbar, as pointed out as far back as 2017, along with supposed reconstruction aid offered by Washington’s Persian Gulf allies, all seems to point toward a strategy of growing an extremist threat to serve as a counterweight or spoiler against Iran’s constructive contributions to Iraq’s security situation and economic growth.
                          It is a strategy that will only further exhaust US credibility and resources, as well as those of its regional partners, all while forcing it opponents to expand further and dig in deeper, as Iran has been doing.
                          Despite claims that the biggest threats to US interests and national security are extremists in the Middle East, or even revisionist states like Russia and China, in truth, the United States’ biggest enemy is its own unsustainable foreign policy and the exhausting aggression that underpins it. Its ebbing influence in Iraq despite the trillions in dollars and many years invested there, serves as “exhibit A.”
                          Gunnar UIson, a New York-based geopolitical analyst and writer especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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                                     Comment on Trump’s 2020 Message Is Clear, And It’s Not A Healthy One by SenyorDave       Comment   Translate Page      
                          It will be interesting to see how the general election plays out. The Democrats can't have Sanders or Biden as the candidate. Sanders will be a disaster in the general election, he's a one trick pony, and he sounds like a tired, old angry man, plus those clips of him praising Fidel will go over really well with independents. Biden would probably beat Trump but he's a tired, old man who sounds like he's talking himself into doing something that he knows is a mistake. My personal favorite would be Warren. She is the only one out there with legitimate financial chops, and as retire financial analyst that's important to me (I work under the assumption that any Democrat will be good on the social stuff). I have this crazy idea that a Democrat like Warren could run as the fiscally responsible person and point out what Trump and the Republicans have done by creating a trillion dollar structural deficit. We have a good economy right now, but I can imagine things getting real bad real. The problem is everyone says run on policy, but Clinton tried that. A lot of people want to hear lies, I just hope that enough people remember Trump's get health care system that would cover more for a lot less cost. And how he would reduce the deficit and the debt fast. It is very disheartening to realize that we have an entire political party that will knowingly sell the country down the river, and there is no shortage of people willing to sign up and leave their personal integrity at the door. If there was any doubt about Barr being in the tank for Trump, I think his spying remark should put that to rest.
                                    Searching for aliens (Skywatching)      Comment   Translate Page      
                          Our planet is surrounded by a sphere of radio waves. That sphere is expanding at the speed of light and now has a radius of about 100 light years. A light year is the distance light travels in a year: just under 10 trillion kilometres. In principle, if there is anybody on a planet orbiting a star cl...
                                    Meet the most powerful Goldman Sachs banker you've never heard of; Silicon Valley has made top data-science talent too expensive for many hedge funds      Comment   Translate Page      

                           

                          Dear Readers,

                          It was "millennial money week" here at BI, where we got the results back from an INSIDER and Morning Consult survey that polled 4,400 young Americans on their spending habits. 

                          We published a number of stories based on the results. Here are some of the key findings. 

                          If you're new to the Wall Street Insider newsletter, you can sign up here.

                          Finances

                          1) Twenty-eight percent of millennials think they're worse off financially than they thought they'd be a decade ago.

                          2) A variety of economic factors have played a role in delaying some millennials' wealth-building process. The Great Recession, student-loan debt, and a higher cost of living have made it difficult for millennials to save.

                          College

                          1) Nearly half of millennials who have or have had student-loan debt think college wasn't worthwhile.

                          2) The divide between people who do think college was worth it and those who don't is clear: Millennials who are still paying off their student-loan debt feel worse about having gone to college than millennials who have already paid off their debt.

                          Retirement

                          1) Many Americans expect to buy a house or retire one day but aren't saving for it.

                          2) One-quarter of millennials who expect to retire between ages 66 and 75 have no retirement savings account.

                          3) Nearly half of Gen Xers have no retirement account, despite most expecting to retire between 56 and 75.

                          But, despite all of these money worries, our survey shows that millennials aren't curbing their spending. In fact, if given an extra $1,000 in a month, millennials and baby boomers would spend similarly. And while millennials are delaying major life events such as buying a house and having kids (due in large part to massive student loan debt), they aren't abandoning these things entirely. 

                          Bottom line: millennials have been accused of killing razors, mayo, golf, weddings, beer, and cereal. The rationale for this (at least according to the Fed) has been that it's because younger Americans don't have as much money to spend than previous generations. But the truth is a lot more complicated. 

                          Thanks for reading and have a great weekend! 
                          Olivia


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                          'It's good to be Rich': Meet the Goldman Sachs banker who has built a private investing empire that goes head-to-head with Blackstone — and you've probably never heard of him

                          The Champagne was flowing in February 2018 when the Goldman Sachs executive Rich Friedman welcomed a couple hundred guests to the Rainbow Room. The Manhattan landmark, opened in 1934, offers a menu with beef Wellington and baked Alaska and serves a $162 brunch. Overlooking Manhattan from the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center, guests danced and chatted as Stevie Wonder played piano.

                          On the surface, the event was a celebration of Friedman's 60th birthday. But it could have easily been a celebration of a Goldman Sachs career entering its golden years. Therecent retirement of CEO Lloyd Blankfein made Friedman the longest-tenured partner at Goldman.

                          Since 1991, Friedman has built the bank's private-investing activities into a sprawling collection of funds that have invested more than $180 billion in real estate and infrastructure, private equity, and credit markets that often competes with flashier investment firms like Blackstone, Carlyle, and KKR.

                          Though advocates put him in the pantheon of buyout greats, Friedman hasn't enjoyed the same name recognition as men with names like Schwarzman, Kravis, and Rubenstein. That's by design, according to interviews with about a dozen current and former colleagues, clients, and competitors.

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                          Tim Throsby sent an email to Barclays' CEO with the title 'irreconcilable.' He warned that a plan to gut compensation by 20% and boost profitability was unrealistic.

                          Tim Throsby, a former JPMorgan banker hired by Barclays to much fanfare to run its investment bank, drafted an email over the weekend of March 23 to 24. By the time he got around to sending it to CEO Jes Staley, he was already out.

                          The subject line of the email, according to someone who had seen it, was "irreconcilable."

                          The email was sent to Staley and a number of other senior leaders on March 28, a day after Throsby's shock departure from Barclays was announced, and rehashed the concerns he held over his boss' strategy. The email said Staley planned for cost reductions and job cuts — including a 20% cut to total compensation — for Barclays International, as well as a reduction in reserves held in case of credit losses, according to the person.

                          READ MORE HERE>>

                          Silicon Valley has made top data-science talent too expensive for many hedge funds, so they're getting creative to compete

                          On one side, there are billions of dollars from the world's biggest investors ready to be run by your algorithm. On the other, there's a chance to work at the most talked-about companies on the planet —right as they promise to turn their employees into millionaires overnight.

                          The battle for top tech talent between Wall Street and Silicon Valley is nothing new, but it's reaching a fever pitch in the hedge fund industry, industry participants and consultants said, as both sides eye billions of dollars up for grabs thanks to a host of buzzy tech unicorns expected to go public, like Uber, Slack, and Pinterest.

                          This Silicon Valley gold rush has forced hedge funds to grapple with a problem they hardly ever run into: The industry is being outbid for the top talent.

                          READ MORE HERE >>

                          YieldStreet, a fintech company offering exotic investments in things like art, but experts are warning about the risk

                          Wealthy individuals who want to reap the financial benefits of investing in a Monet without actually owning an $80 million painting will soon have a new option.

                          YieldStreet, a financial platform that offers exotic investment products like marine finance and loans to law firms to the mass affluent, is buying an company called Athena Art Finance from private equity firm Carlyle in a deal valued at $170 million. YieldStreet's 100,000 investors will be able to invest in art financing as a result of the deal.

                          The deal comes as more financial technology players are trying to open up access to investments previously reserved for institutional or ultra-wealthy investors, such as private equity. Earlier this week, Nasdaq and iCapital, a BlackRock-backed alternative investment company, said they're working to create a platform that will launch later this year to allow private fund investors to sell their stakes before the end of a fund's life.

                          READ MORE HERE >>

                          BlackRock-backed iCapital is teaming up with Nasdaq to create a private equity fund selling platform for wealthy investors

                          As wealthy individuals get into private equity and other illiquid investments in greater numbers than ever, they're increasingly looking for ways to get out, too.

                          Institutional investors, who long dominated strategies like venture capital, private equity real estate, and private credit, have worked with advisers to sell their fund stakes on the secondaries market. That option hasn't been available to individual investors, who may not be able to keep their capital locked up for the decade or longer that a private fund requires.

                          Nasdaq and iCapital, a BlackRock-backed alternative investment company, are now seeking to give investors that option by creating a platform that will launch later this year, executives told Business Insider.

                          READ MORE HERE >>

                          An inside look at Digital Asset, the blockchain company that's shifting strategies as Wall Street loses interest in the technology

                          A blockchain company that no longer deals solely with blockchains.

                          Digital Asset made a name for itself as a leader in how distributed-ledger technology would be implemented on Wall Street when it burst onto the scene in 2014. Big-name backers, large funding rounds, and a former high-profile bank executive caused it to turn heads.

                          Five years later the industry is still considering how best to implement distributed-ledger technology. While nearly every Wall Street firm has invested resources into investigating blockchains, real-world applications of the technology beyond pilot programs have been largely nonexistent.

                          READ MORE HERE >>

                          Wall Street move of the week:

                          Barclays just lost two more executives as Ravi Singh departs after only four months

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                                    Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 14, 2019      Comment   Translate Page      
                          Restored Republic via a GCR as of April 14 2019

                          Compiled 14 April 12:01 am EST by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery, Author, “Twenty Two Faces: the biography of Jenny Hill.”As a young child Jenny was tortured by a Satanic coven under direction of a CIA Operative, forced to witness a child sacrifice and save for divine intervention, was almost killed herself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F626Lsrdwg4 Articles on a CIA/Vatican Ninth Circle Child Sacrifice Cult: http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/243/590/stories.html

                          Below is a summary of information from the Internet. It would be up to the individual reader to do their own research and decide whether or not it is valid. A Special Thank You to Martha for her untiring research, to Dale who keeps me in line and Ken who uncovers almost unlimited intel on pedophilia to help us Save the Children.

                          Patience is a Virtue. Having Virtue is a sign of a good moral being. Good moral beings have the power to overcome evil and change the world. In all your giving, please don’t forget exploited children.


                          Judy Note: Zim redemption notification and receipt of 800#s for currency exchangers to set apts at special redemption/ exchange centers and negotiate for higher rates was expected sometime over the weekend and at least by Mon. April 15 – which was the start date for Tier 5, the general public, to exchange in banks at their front screen rates.

                          Mon. April 15 was the date around the Muller Report release – which when combined with expectations of Assange spilling the beans and news around Obama’s former White House attorney’s indictment – was bound to take up Headlines, along with a Stock Market bust – and cover up buzz around our appointments – the monies from which should bring the Stock Market back (after having crashed US Inc.’s big corporations that had flourished under war contracts and use of Cabal’s fiat monies).

                          April 15 was tax day. The defunct IRS was no longer taking our monies as it now funneled to the new US Treasury in Reno. Mon. April 15 was also the day when over 90,000 sealed indictments were expected to be filed against global elites in federal courts across the nation. Litigation on those indictments were ongoing in federal courts and at GITMO.

                          It was my understanding that Zim redemption would be done exclusively by a certain bank, where they would adjust your rate according to what you asked for in your Humanitarian Plan. Regular banks were not expected to do Zim redemption. It was advised to hold onto your Zim and currencies until validated instructions were made available, do not give them to anyone including groups or group leaders, redeem all you bought yourself and keep a constant eye on your Zim and currency during your exchange/ redemption. There were a lot of sneaky people out there who would try to take advantage.

                          A. April 13 2019 Sat. Update, MarkZ: MarkZ Saturday Q&A 4-13-19 "Positioning and Big Expectations" https://www.dinarrecaps.com/our-blog/markz-saturday-qa-4-13-19-positioning-and-big-expectations https://www.twitch.tv/videos/410448928## https://www.pscp.tv/w/1zqKVayoqWaxB MarkZ Disclaimer: Please consider everything on this call as my opinion. People who take notes do not catch everything and its best to watch the video so that you get everything in context. Be sure to consult a professional for any financial decisions

                          1. There was very little news overnight, other than package positioning and expectation of things happening this afternoon Sat. April 13.

                          2. I received one very excited call from the attorney who helped set up my SKR. He said our funding was in place, CMKX was in position and said they could see the numbers.

                          3. Pkgs delivery today Sat. April 13 and tomorrow Sun. April 14. Omegas were part of the PP's – part of the St. Germaine Trust and were expected today as well. There was expectation that some delivery would come this afternoon. There has been bank pinging today Sat. April 13.

                          4. nflemingjr: Part of the problem on CMKX was that they had to be paid in the new currency.

                          5. If package deliveries were in force tonight Sat. April 13, I expected 800 numbers tonight or tomorrow Sun. April 14.

                          6. There was no holdup, just logistics as they positioned for release.

                          7. Paymasters were being made liquid so we could go. It was going to be a shotgun start.

                          8. Saturday info tends to come out late in the afternoon.

                          9. I am told 800# Sunday evening April 14 or before so that appointment's could start on Monday morning April 15. This just made logistical sense.

                          10. nflemingjr: Anytime the 800 numbers would be out.

                          11. nflemingjr: The final rates were locked in last night Fri. April 12 after the banks in Hawaii closed and have been put on the screen as of last night. Paymasters were reporting that they could see the funds in their accounts.

                          12. Yes I have also been told that. They report they can physically see them and it was positioned for a shotgun release. (Fleming was very connected and he has very good information).

                          13. nflemingjr: I am waiting for the rates now. Yes they are doing testing today.

                          14. I am being told same thing. There is a lot of testing and a lot of pinging. There is a whole lot to watch today.

                          15. Member: Last I heard from a Hong Kong Source was that 800#s go out Monday Night (USA), April 15.

                          16. I am told all packages would be delivered by USPS. Inside would be a 100k debit card with instant access as soon as we called and activated it.

                          17. nflemingjr: There are some things that I can say and there are some things I cannot say because I will get chewed out.

                          18. nflemingjr: They waited for the banks to close in Hawaii before posting.

                          19. Member: So do you think the time between ring on your doorbell with CMKX and release of 800s to you will be within hours? MZ: Yes within hours. It will be a shotgun start.

                          20. I am told we are all done in Iraq, just waiting for the CBI to announce it.

                          21. nflemingjr: The CBI in Iraq is an independent agency from the government and does not need the permission from their government to RI.

                          22. In case we are still under old tax laws don't use any word but "exchange.” Do not say “cash in.”

                          23. I am still saying 99.9% that we would be in the banks on Mon. April 15.

                          24. I have not heard anything on Peticelli bonds yet but I have heard Mexican gold bonds are ready to process by Mon. April 15 am. This was very exciting.

                          B. April 13 2019 Philip Tilton: http://dinaresgurus.blogspot.com/2019/04/philip-tilton-its-about-to-go-down-13.html Beta Testing today among groups. It’s about to go down.

                          C. April 12 2019 11:12 pm EST Bank Story, Sarah: "Got a Date from my Local Bank" by Sarah - 4.12.19 I made a phone call to my local bank here in Province of Quebec, Canada for a technical issue online and asked the teller about the upcoming revaluation of currencies. He said that on April 15 everything will be in place and to call back. I could not buy Dong, Dinar or Zim from them but he said they would exchange them and that I would certainly be richer.

                          D. April 12 2019 11:13 pm EST Bank Story, Derek: Talked to HSBC Today" by Derek - 4.12.19 I talk to a lady at HSBC in Philadelphia bank today (April 12) and asked her if they were doing the Zim Bond Currency exchange. It was interesting how she said to me “Not as of today we are not” with a smile! She then asked me how much I had. I told her. She said to hold on to it. So I took that as that it would be soon. I am sure she couldn't say much about it.

                          E. April 12 2019 11:18 pm EST Fraud Alert, Tony: "Fraud Alert" by Tony - 4.12.19
                          Just a FYI. I received a notice from my WF account that someone tried signing my card up for their Zelle money transfer program and it wasn't me! The only transactions on that account were my recent purchases of additional currency from Treasury Vault, BuyIQD.com and TravelEx. My suspicions are the first two. I don't think TravelEx would do it but idk. WF said it was a merchant simply using a Visa name otherwise no other merchant info. These companies of course know we are about to receive big money and wish to steal it! Needless to say that account is now closed, but I wanted to warn all of you that one of these companies is out to steal your money, so check your accounts and be very cautious as you proceed forward and if you purchase from one of these companies. Tony

                          F. New Tax Bill: On Sat. April 6 both the Senate and House passed a bill that replaced the IRS/Federal Reserve system, imposing a national sales tax at a rate of 23% on the use or consumption of taxable property (not food or medicine) in lieu of the current income taxes, payroll taxes, estate and gift taxes. That new tax bill has not been formally announced and it was not known if it was signed by President Trump. https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/25/

                          G. Breaking News from the Mueller Report Release: Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California — who served as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee – has referred at least eight suspects to the U.S. Justice Department for investigation of a collusion hoax, failure to conduct a “real” investigation of Hillary Clinton, leaks and allegations emanating from the Democratic Party, CNN, MSNBC and New York Times, powerful people who ran federal law enforcement agencies (FBI, ATF), upper-echelon intelligence community members at the CIA, NSA, ODNI (Office of the Director of National Intelligence), FISA abuse, conspiracy to lie to the FISA Court, misleading the FISA court and manipulation of intelligence by the FBI and Justice Department to knowingly use an unsubstantiated “dossier” to garner search warrants.

                          H. The Global Currency Reset Past, Present, Future:

                          Sun. March 24: The Mueller Report exonerated President Trump and officially turned on the RV process at the new US Treasury offices in Reno, Atlanta and Chicago, where personnel were told to keep it quiet.

                          Mon. March 25: European sources indicated that the RV had been released, Paymasters hydrated, the military activated, Fines and Penalties handled, some SKRs made liquid. In 27 states a limited number of exchanges at low teaser rates done on the Dinar and Dong.

                          Fri. March 29: At this end of the banking business quarter the banks of 209 countries participating in the Global Currency Reset were made Basel IV compliant, Gold became a world currency and Central Banks recognized gold holdings as cash reserves. The new USTN became tradable Fri. night March 29.

                          Sat. March 30 at 6 pm EST: The City of London Bank was eliminated per British Law – Brexit, Russia and China came online with their Quantum Financial System alternative to the SWIFT System that worked with the CIPS system.

                          Mon. April 1: Banks across the globe participating in the Global Currency Reset were declared Basil 3 or Basil 4 compliant, were now sovereign and owned by the countries they represented. The Central Banks of the Cabal system that since the 1800s had been under control of the privately owned US Inc, City of London and Vatican Bank, made the transition to a gold/asset-backed Quantum Financial System under control of the different sovereign countries. Iraq announced in mosques that they were International and open for business. SKRS could now be made liquid, exchange/ redemption accounts fully accessible, structured payouts would begin earning interest and a new US Taxpayer plan was in force.

                          Mon. April 1 at 7:35 pm EST international banking wires were halted for transactions and then reopened Tues. April 2 at 7:35 pm EST. Also on Mon. April 1 at 9:30 pm EST Fedwire® Funds Services were closed for transactions and then reopened Tues. April 2 at 11:30 pm EST. The Cabal system was defunct as the Quantum Financial System (QFS) took over. The QFS started up in full mode in Hong Kong and some in the US began receiving RV packages.

                          Thurs. April 4: Funds were released April 4 at 3 pm Hong Kong time for payment of ongoing operations at the global level of coins and Dinars according to sources of Asian Royalty. The new Dinar was international and became tradable on April 4 at 9 pm EST.

                          Fri. April 5 at 9 am funds were in Master Paymaster accounts.

                          Sat. April 6: On Sat. April 6 both the Senate and House passed a bill that replaced the IRS/Federal Reserve system, imposing a national sales tax at a rate of 23% on the use or consumption of taxable property (not food or medicine) in lieu of the current income taxes, payroll taxes, estate and gift taxes. https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/25/

                          Tues. April 9: The SKR's processed in Reno late Mon. April 8 into Tues. April 9. Late night Tues. April 9 banks were being connected to the 800 number reservation system.

                          Thurs. April 11: The ten year legal tender term limit for Zimbabwe's bond notes (2008 and 2009 trillion series) was reached April 11, 2019. All Zimbabwe 2008/2009 bond notes must be redeemed and destroyed as per international law.

                          Fri. April 12: Deadline for Zim Bonds redemption, Brexit Exit and as by international law the BIS having recognized gold as money, the deadline for gold backed digital credits, including the US dollar, to come on line in Central Banks. New currency rates were locked in on the bank screens.

                          Sun. April 14 to Mon. night April 15: Zim redemption and currency exchanges were expected to begin in a shotgun approach – everything at once.

                          Mon. April 15: The new Zimbabwe Central Bank rate or sovereign rate will take effect, deadline for receipt of 800#s for currency redeemers to set apts at special exchange/ redemption centers, plus the start date for Tier 5, the general public, to begin exchanging in banks. By this April 15 the count was expected to reach 90,000 sealed indictments filed against global elites in federal courts across the nation.

                          Thurs. August 1: GESARA expected to be implemented, Cabal contained and a formal announcement of the Gold/asset-backed standard. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5404

                          Updates for the Week Prior:

                          Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 13, 2019

                          Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 12, 2019

                          Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 11, 2019

                          Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 10, 2019

                          Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 9, 2019

                          Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 8, 2019

                          Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of April 7, 2019
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                                    "Little News" - MarkZ Q&A Update 4-13-19      Comment   Translate Page      
                          Saturday MarkZ Update : Highlights by PDK-Not Verbatum

                          MarkZ Disclaimer: Please consider everything on this call as my opinion. People who take notes do not catch everything and its best to watch the video so that you get everything in context. Be sure to consult a professional for any financial decisions


                          MZ: there was very little news overnight.. other then package positioning and expectation of things happening this afternoon .

                          I got one very excited call..he’s the attorney who helped set up my SKR…He said our funding is in place…..CMKX in position.. he said they can see the numbers..

                          I am still excited but had been hoping we would be doing cartwheels already this morning

                          Mr C. has not been paid as of 30 mins ago...he is part of the dollar refunding project

                          Pkgs today and tomorrow.. Omega expected today as well…..Omegas are part of the PP's…part of the St. Germaine Trust. ….. expectation: some delivery this afternoon...there has been bank pinging today..

                          nflemingjr: Part of the problem on CMKX is that they have to be paid in the new currency

                          Member: Destiny, Alpha, Farm Claims, Bergavin etc.

                          MZ: If package deliveries are in force tonight ….I expect 800 numbers tonight or tomorrow.

                          MZ: No holdup…. just logistics as they position for release.

                          MZ: Paymasters: they are being made liquid so we can go ...It is going to be a shotgun start

                          MZ: Saturday info tends to come out late in the afternoon

                          Q: DO YOU (ANTICIPATE) DOING A STREAM TONIGHT??

                          MZ: "Could" have a stream this afternoon or tonight...will send out a tweet if I do so...

                          Q: when do you guess 800#?

                          MZ: I am told 800# Sunday evening or before is the target for us is so that appointment's can start on Monday morning ..this just makes logistical sense…

                          nflemingjr: Anytime the 800 numbers will be out

                          nflemingjr: The final rates were locked in last night after the banks in Hawaii and have been put on the screen as of yet as of last night. Paymasters are reporting that they can see the funds in their accounts.

                          MZ: yes I have also been told that… ..they report they can physically see them and it positioned for a shotgun release,…..Just so you all know…….Fleming is very connected and he has very good information

                          Q: @nflemingjr are they still just doing tests today ?

                          nflemingjr: I am waiting for the rates now. Yes they are doing testing today

                          MZ: I am being told same thing...there is a lot of testing and a lot of pinging…there is a whole lot to watch today.

                          Member: The PING that went around the WORLD!!!

                          Member: Last I heard from Hong Kong Source - 800#s go out Monday Night (USA), th.April 15

                          Q: Morning Mark. Wondered if we would still be able to get a certain number of cashier's checks written at the exchange? (That used to be one of the things we were told)

                          MZ: Yes I am hear up to 7 cashier checks at the first apt…..make a list and bring it with you….I also hear we will have instant access to our wealth manager….our new minion at a local branch.

                          Q: Is the Afgan currency is the first basket?

                          MZ: I hear its in the second basket and if it is….I’m buying some

                          Q: Are the PTB's not up for giving us an NDA prep? Sure seems to me it would grease the skids, but what do I know?

                          MZ: I have asked a number of bankers and none are willing to bite yet.

                          Q: : Are packages being delivered by USPS and do they have a debit card in them?

                          MZ: I am told all delivered will be by USPS …. And inside is a 100k debit card with instant access as soon as we call and activate it

                          Q: NFLEMINJR-Can you confirm They Did or Did Not post on screens last night

                          Q: @nflemingjr can you post those rates now that they are locked in?

                          nflemingjr: I am waiting for the rates now…..

                          Q: Any rate updates on the ZIM and DONG ???

                          Nflemingjr: I don't have the new dong rate

                          nflemingjr: There are some things that I can say and there are somethings I cannot say because I will get chewed out

                          nflemingjr: They waited for the banks to close in Hawaii before posting

                          Member: : So do you think the time between ring on your doorbell with CMKX and release of 800s to you will be within hours?

                          MZ: Yes within hours...It will be a shotgun start

                          MZ: I am told we are all done in Iraq …just waiting for the CBI to announce it,,,..Ministers do not need to be announced in Iraq...

                          nflemingjr: The CBI in Iraq is an independent agency from the government and does not need the permission from their government to RI

                          MZ: In case we are still under old tax laws don't use any word but "exchange"... do not say “cash in”

                          Q: WHAT IS YOUR PERCENTAGE **NOW**......FOR THE BANKS STILL ON MONDAY??.....

                          MZ: I am still saying 99.9%.. We are so stinking close!

                          Member: somebody in Canada reported going into a bank and then telling them come back on the 15th will be ready for you do exchange currency and ZIM

                          Member: https://inteldinarchronicles.blogspot.com/2019/04/zorra-call-rvgcr-is-releasing-today-at.html?

                          nflemingjr: I think it is very funny that Zorra is now saying the the GCR/RV is about to happen

                          Q: Will we the general public get prosperity pkgs?

                          MZ: I hear we will get a form of Prosperity package from our own strawman accounts….

                          MZ: I really need to give a lot more background on our investments…….i need to do an entire stream on the Reagan, Wanta Mitterand accords, Mr. Cottrell……A lot of NESARA stuff is truth ...some disinformation...whole lot of good information..debt forgiveness mortgage relief …I will try to schedule that next week…hopefully after the RV

                          MZ: I beleive there will be some kind of debt forgiveness,,,

                          Member: good link to Mr Germain https://revolutionizingawareness.com/documentaries/st-germains-world-trust/

                          MZ: Chris Story was a true patriot and a good friend of Mr. Cottrell.

                          MZ: : https://eagleonetowanta.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/MICHAEL-C-/

                          Member: If people really want the background story to the PP's, Google Christopher Story. He had the goods on all of them.

                          Q: Wasn't Chris Story murdered?

                          Member: Yes . Chris Story was murdered...poisoned..

                          Q: Any news on the super petchelli bonds Mark?

                          MZ: I have not heard anything on Peticelli bonds yet but I have heard Mexican gold bonds are ready to process by Monday am…this is very exciting.

                          Member: : friend got text yesterday saying from Wellsfargo. checked with WF branch and was a scam. Be diligent!

                          MZ : I have been told by a representative for the WF Group …For security and so you know its 100% from them…..you will get a letter from WF on their official WF LETTER HEAD...

                          Q: will the center at the 800 numbers be fully staffed?

                          MZ: Absolutely yes…

                          Q: Mark will the exchange center take all denomination of zim example 5 billion . 200 or 500 million zimbobway notes in first basket 2008-2009 year?

                          Member: : ZEROS - Trillion notes - Six zeros, Billion Notes - Three zeros. NO ZEROS - Million notes. THESE ZEROS WILL BE IN FRONT OF THE RATE AMOUNT NOT OFF THE BONDS!!! EX: .00000033

                          Member: As of the moment No zeros in front of rate offered

                          Member: The Zero Issue on the Zim still goes back to the Zimbabwe Law concerning changing the denomination value on it's currency. Even though it has NOW been deemed the 2008 AA/AB series are BOND NOTES because of the paper the paper Germany printed that series on is why the zeros can not be removed from the bonds but placed before the rate. ONLY two adjustments are allowed per year.

                          Member: One more time on the 2nd basket:Second Currency Basket: Mongolia South African Indonesia Bangladesh South Korea Pakistani West African CFA FRANC Iranian Rial if it doesn't go in 1st basket

                          Member: The more you weigh the harder you are to kidnap. Stay Safe - Eat cake.

                          Member: If you want info on our banking system read creature of jackal island by G. Edward Griffin

                          Member: https://eagleonetowanta.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/MICHAEL-C-/

                          Member: https://revolutionizingawareness.com/documentaries/st-germains-world-trust

                          Note: Please listen to replay for all the details…there was a lot of good information today.

                          Replay is https://www.twitch.tv/videos/410448928##

                          Or https://www.pscp.tv/w/1zqKVayoqWaxB

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                          KTFA

                          Don961 » April 13th, 2019

                          The World Bank expects Iraq's economy to improve gradually


                          Friday, April 12, 2019

                          Baghdad / Al-Sabah - Zina Ibrahim

                          The World Bank Fund predicted that the economy will continue to weaken in the first half of 2019 and that growth in 2019 will slow by 0.7 percent of the global economy, while the Bank expects the Iraqi economy to gradually improve after the severe economic pressures of the last four years.

                          The global economic growth rate fell to 3.6 percent in 2018 and is expected to continue to decline to 3.3 percent in 2019.

                          The general economy has started a weak start and is expected to rise in the second half of the year as inflationary pressures ease as the outlook for trade tensions improves. Between the United States and China with the emergence of the prospects of the trade agreement and the efforts of major central banks to facilitate the economy.

                          At the domestic level, the bank expects the Iraqi economy to gradually improve after the severe economic pressures of the last four years. Real GDP growth is estimated at 0.6 percent in 2018, thanks to a marked improvement in security conditions and rising oil prices, reversing a 1.7 percent contraction in 2017. The non-oil economy saw rapid growth with a growth rate of 4 percent, Oil production slightly lower than in 2017 in line with the OPEC agreement.

                          Recently, the Iraqi economy has received a boost of confidence in the signing of several trade agreements with neighboring countries. Reconstruction efforts are proceeding at a moderate pace. Inflation remained low at 0.4 percent in 2018, but slightly higher than in 2017 due to rising domestic demand as well as rising food and transportation costs.

                          The economic outlook has improved due to higher oil prices and improved security, but restrictions on capital spending will hinder accelerated growth driven by recovery.

                          Growth is expected to rise to 8.1 percent in 2020, mainly due to higher oil production, with the OPEC agreement ending in mid-2019. Non-oil growth is expected to remain positive on the back of increased investment needed to rebuild the nation's devastated infrastructure network and consumption Private investment.

                          However, the recently approved 2019 budget represents a significant increase in recurrent spending. Unless there is a major reorientation in the fiscal policy of the comprehensive recovery approach, there will be limited fiscal space to support post-war recovery and long-term development. Rising spending, coupled with falling oil prices, would raise the projected budget deficit by 5.4 percent of GDP in 2019 before cutting it to around 3 percent in 2020-2021. Lower oil prices and increased imports would translate the balance of current transactions into deficits, partially financed by international reserves. link

                          Financial Policy

                          Friday, April 12, 2019

                          Thamer Hymes

                          Behind the leap of the Chinese economy is their saying (it does not matter if the cat is white or black as long as it eats rats). There is no doubt that our economy is very weak on the development side because of the cross-link between consumption and development.

                          When we compare our economic and developmental process with the experiences of developing countries, the results are not encouraging, as long as we do not define the problems of the relationship between state capital and private capital.

                          This is the source of the accusation within the contradictory economic system between the same capital flows and the mechanisms of transferring the sources of wealth abroad. Or keep their surpluses in regional banks.

                          The pretext of stability and the maintenance of the standard of living by monetary policy will remain an insignificant priority in the movement of capital and the conflict between the capital of the state and the capital of the state and its rent forces.

                          Therefore, our monetary, financial and economic policy should be drawn up to reach our economic identity to be a clearly defined infrastructure.

                          This financial challenge has resulted in a lack of confidence in saving to become the third or fourth country to import gold for the hoarding; to join trillions of dinars outside official and banking trading, Against the dollar and after a short period of time, the gold holder pays the dinar to benefit from the currency pairs as a legitimate hedge against the traditional interest.

                          This is a process of recycling that is not productive, but only a confrontation of expenses due, although the guarantee of gold free of any risk, and thus expand these directions of non-productive and unnecessary to become a sale installment payments and excessive to buy the dollar and repay it in installments convenient until the Umrah Upsets

                          The power of the consumer trend always comes at the expense of production as the cost of production increases against the random importer or programmed dumping and other economic complications that have negatively affected our government and private factories and most of the manufacturing industry, as well as the agricultural and animal product
                          Generally.

                          Thus, non-developmental loans are a patchwork and not a solution to the extent that they reinforce the current approach, which is determined by the currency market, which promotes consumerism on a daily basis, in order to reproduce the market economy and its necessities, which is not innocent after consuming consumption in all its manifestations. Money laundering and corruption of receivables.

                          We hope that the decision-makers and those responsible for the economic file will thoroughly review the financial and monetary deviations that took place in the previous years, and go beyond the mismanagement of our economic resources. link

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                                    U.S. Democrats seek up to $2 trillion to invest in aging infrastructure      Comment   Translate Page      
                          Democratic leaders in Congress said on Thursday they would seek President Donald Trump’s support in coming weeks for legislation to invest up to $2 trillion to rebuild U.S. infrastructure, including roads, bridges and schools. House and Senate Democratic leaders said they would try to revive an effort that sputtered early in Trump’s presidency for major...

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                          Pennsylvania environmental officials said on Friday they will soon begin testing for toxic PFAS chemicals in public water systems near likely sources of contamination including military bases, landfills and factories.

                          The Department of Environmental Protection said it will sample more than 300 water systems starting in May in a program that is due to last a year.

                          In a 66-page description of its sampling plan, the DEP’s Bureau of Safe Drinking Water said it aimed to identify known location and potential source of PFAS contamination across the state, assess the risk to drinking water sources, and select public water systems as a control group.

                          The bureau said it will test for six PFAS chemicals including PFOA and PFOS. It did not name specific locations for sampling but published state maps showing potential water sources for testing, and other places including industrial sites and airports. The map of potential water sources shows a concentration of sites in southeastern Pennsylvania including Lancaster, Berks, Lehigh, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks, Philadelphia and Delaware counties.

                          A full list of the sampling locations will be published when monitoring is complete, said DEP spokesman Neil Shader. He said the program will not be a comprehensive survey of all public water systems but a “representative sample” to determine the prevalence of PFAS chemicals.

                          Any system that exceeds the EPA’s health advisory limit will have to confirm its tests and to notify the public, Shader said.

                          PFAS chemicals have been found in the blood serum of 97 percent of the U.S. population, the plan description said, and in 38 U.S. states including Pennsylvania, although there is “limited occurrence data” in Pennsylvania.

                          The $250,000 initiative follows Pennsylvania’s announcement in February that it will begin to set its own health limits for PFOA and PFOS. The state announced its plan the day after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not commit to setting national limits as part of a long-awaited “Action Plan” to curb the chemicals.

                          “DEP will not hesitate to step up when the federal government fails to,” DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell said in a statement.

                          In the absence of federal regulation, and amid rising public concern about the chemicals’ risk to public health, some states have set their own strict limits on the most commonly found PFAS chemicals. New Jersey last September became the first state to regulate PFNA, and has recently adopted tough standards on PFOA and PFOS.

                          Pennsylvania does not set its own limits for the chemicals — which are linked to health conditions including cancer, low birth weights, and elevated cholesterol – but relies on an EPA lifetime health advisory of 70 parts per trillion (ppt) for PFOS and PFOA combined, a level that advocates say is much too lax to protect public health.

                          On April 15, the Wolf Administration is due to hold the latest public meeting of its PFAS Action Team, a panel of state officials who are charged with investigating the contamination and recommending cleanup strategies.

                          Some PFAS chemicals were used in consumer products like nonstick cookware and flame-retardant fabrics, starting in the 1940s. Although they are no longer made by U.S. manufacturers, they persist in many public and private water sources because they don’t break down in the environment.

                          The chemicals have also been used for decades in firefighting foam on military bases such as those near the eastern Pennsylvania town of Horsham, where water systems have been contaminated by PFAS chemicals. Local authorities there have taken their own measures to remove PFAS from water supplies, but local people are still concerned that the bases remain a source of contamination for groundwater.

                          Delaware Riverkeeper Network, an environmental group that has long campaigned for strict limits on the chemicals, welcomed DEP’s plans to investigate contamination but said the process is already later than it should have been and the plan means it will be two years or more before any maximum contaminant limits on the chemicals are in place.

                          “We need the sampling data as soon as it can be gathered and compiled so that we will not have to wait another year before DEP proposes maximum contaminant levels for PFAS compounds,” said DRN’s deputy director, Tracy Carluccio. “We needed action yesterday, not years from now.”

                          In January, the Navy canceled a plan to ship 4,500 tons of PFAS-contaminated soil from the former air station at Willow Grove near Horsham to a landfill in southern New Jersey. The landfill dropped its agreement to take the soil following media reports on the plan.

                          In 2013-15, the EPA tested for six PFAS chemicals in Pennsylvania as part of a national monitoring program. That sampling included Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, both of which were found to contain PFOA and PFOS below the EPA’s 70 ppt level.


                                    Pakistan's legislative gap in nutrition      Comment   Translate Page      
                          Pakistan's legislative gap in nutrition Pakistan has appalling nutrition statistics and is losing more than 1.229 trillion rupees (2-3% GDP) annually. A significant proportion of the population is unable to meet its dietary needs as nearly 39 percent
                                    Renewable Energy Could Save $160 Trillion In Climate Change Costs by 2050      Comment   Translate Page      
                          In the face of rising global emissions, intensified electrification and an increase in renewable energy could prove to be the difference-maker that ensures we reach the 2050 climate goals.
                                    Current Debt Crisis Threatens Pakistan's Future      Comment   Translate Page      
                          Pakistan is battling massive twin deficits, deteriorating foreign currency reserves, low exports, diminishing tax revenues, a weak currency, unsustainable external debt payments, and soaring sovereign debt. This crises has forced the country to seek IMF (International Monetary Fund) bailout, the 13th such request in Pakistan's 72 year history.

                          Pakistan Debt Service: Source SBP
                          Pakistan's debt repayment costs rose to $5.4 billion for first half of fiscal 2019 ( July 2018-Dec 2018), up from $7.5 billion for the entire fiscal 2018 (July 2017-June 2018), according to the State Bank of Pakistan. At this rate, the total debt service cost for current fiscal 2019 will exceed $11 billion, adding to the nation's debt crisis.

                          Pakistan's External Debt. Source: Wall Street Journal

                          This $11 billion debt service cost will add to the projected trade deficit of nearly $40 billion for the current fiscal year. How can Pakistan fill this balance of payments deficit of about $50 billion? Remittances of $21 billion in current FY2019 from Pakistani diaspora are reduce it to $30 billion. PTI government has taken on billions of dollars in loans from Gulf Arabs and China. Given the low rates of foreign investments in the country, a big chunk of the remaining deficit will have to be met by borrowing even more funds which will further increase future debt service costs.

                          Pakistan's Current Account Deficit. Source: Trading Economics

                          As a result, Pakistan is now battling massive twin deficits, deteriorating foreign currency reserves, low exports, diminishing tax revenues, a weak currency, onerous external debt payments, and soaring sovereign debt. This crises has forced the country to seek IMF (International Monetary Fund) bailout, the 13th such request in Pakistan's 72 year history.

                          In the short term, PTI government's efforts are beginning to pay off. The current account deficit (CAD) in first 8 months of FY2019 (July-Feb 2018) declined to $8.844 billion, down 22.5%, from $11.421 billion in same period last year, according to SBP as reported by Dawn newspaper

                          However, Pakistan's economic woes are far from over. The country's twin deficits are structural. Its exports and tax collections as percentage of its GDP are among the lowest in the world. British civil society organization Jubilee Debt Campaign conducted research in 2017 that showed that Pakistan has received IMF loans in 30 of the last 42 years, making this one of the most sustained periods of lending to any country.

                          Pakistan needs to find a way to build up and manage significant dollar reserves to avoid recurring IMF bailouts. The best way to do it is to focus on increasing the country's exports that have remained essentially flat in absolute dollars and declined as percentage of GDP over the last 5 years. Pakistan's economic attaches posted at the nation's embassies need to focus on all export opportunities in international markets and help educate Pakistani businesses on the best way to take advantage of them. This needs to be concerted effort involving various government ministries and departments working closely with industry groups. At the same time, the new government needs to crack down on illicit outflow of dollars from the country.

                          Azad Labon Ke Sath host Faraz Darvesh discusses Imran Khan's challenges with Misbah Azam and Riaz Haq (www.riazhaq.com)

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                                    Senior Software Development Engineer - Amazon Web Services, Inc. - Seattle, WA      Comment   Translate Page      
                          CloudFront currently serves trillions of requests and many exabytes of data per month. Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field....
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                                    Iran says recent floods caused up to $2.5 billion in damage      Comment   Translate Page      

                          Iran says recent floods caused up to $2.5 billion in damageFloods caused by heavy rain across Iran in recent weeks have caused an estimated $2.5 billion in damage to roads, bridges, homes and agricultural land, state media cited ministers as telling lawmakers on Sunday. "The recent floods are unprecedented... 25 provinces and more than 4,400 villages have been affected," Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli was quoted as saying in parliament by state news agency IRNA. Fazli said the floods had caused around 350 trillion rials ($2.5 billion) worth of damage.



                                    Financial Advisor - Manulife - Winnipeg, MB      Comment   Translate Page      
                          As of December 31, 2018, we had over $1.1 trillion (US$794 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $29.0...
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                                    FG to raise N6 Trillion from petroleum tax, VAT      Comment   Translate Page      
                          The Federal Government, through the Federal Inland Revenue Service, plans to generate N4.3tn from petroleum profit tax and N1.7tn through the Value Added Tax in
                                    FG to raise N6 Trillion from petroleum tax, VAT      Comment   Translate Page      
                          The Federal Government, through the Federal Inland Revenue Service, plans to generate N4.3tn from petroleum profit tax and N1.7tn through the Value Added Tax in 2019, The amount is part of the...
                                     Comment on 2nd Massive Black Hole Photographed in America by Ernesto       Comment   Translate Page      
                          The new tax bill raised the debt another trillion bucks into the hands of the ultra wealthy. Like they need more money. The middle class i s screwed. Corporate welfare.
                                    The Weakening of Earth’s Magnetic Field Has Greatly Accelerated, Could Have Apocalyptic Implications for All of Us      Comment   Translate Page      

                          Earth’s magnetic field is getting significantly weaker, the magnetic north pole is shifting at an accelerating pace, and scientists readily admit that a sudden pole shift could potentially cause “trillions of dollars” in damage.  Today, most of us take the

                          The post The Weakening of Earth’s Magnetic Field Has Greatly Accelerated, Could Have Apocalyptic Implications for All of Us appeared first on Global Research.


                                    Record-high P4.100T cash-based budget eyed in 2020      Comment   Translate Page      

                          THE government is eyeing a record-high national budget for next year under the cash-based system. “The total cash budget for 2020 is, thus, pegged at P4.100 trillion,” the department’s officer-in-charge,…READ

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                                    Comment on [KR1369] Keiser Report: Bad Capitalists and Their Malinvestments by Youri Carma      Comment   Translate Page      
                          U.S. GLOBAL BUSINESS SYSTEM U.S. global business model doesn't work so well for the U.S. and the globe. The endless wars cost the American tax payer at least a trillion a year and has nothing in return but mayhem death and destruction. Of course this model can't compete with a global building one like the Chinese and Russian. It's no surprise that countries distrust the U.S. when seeing with their own eyes what has happened to many countries with dictators even U.S. puppet ones like Saddam Hussein. The U.S. strategy in Europe is the same with the CIA coupe of West-Ukraine and still a proxy war going on between Russia and the U.S. Obama has send weapons to West-Ukraine as did Trump. I am not sure if this is much appreciated in Europe. But most Muppets don't know what's going on anyways.
                                    Black Holes: The heart of darkness      Comment   Translate Page      
                          The first EVER picture of a Black Hole has been captured by a network of telescopes, known as the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). The picture shows a bright ring of fire surrounding a circular dark hole. The Black Hole has been described as a “monster” and is located in the M87 galaxy, 500 million trillion miles from Earth. As remarkable and spectacular as the picture is, it also provides scientists and researchers valuable scientific information about these behemoths of the universe. A team from the National Natural History Museum in Paris and the University of the Philippines have discovered bone fragments which are thought to belong to a new species of hominid, which they have called the Homo Luzonensis. These fossils provide sufficient evidence of a new species of hominin, who lived on the island of Luzon in the Philippines prior to 50,000 years ago. Wandering interstellar worlds like Oumuamua may help form planets. Some of these huge objects, which can be as large as skyscrapers and even cities, drift through every cubic parsec of space between the stars. Once these emerging systems become part of new stellar systems, interstellar objects could accelerate the growth of new planets. Humans seem programmed to appreciate beauty - whether that’s an attractive face, a glorious sunset, or a stirring piece of music. Of course, our individual tastes are all different, and culture plays a huge part too - but why are we so struck by whatever it is we find beautiful? What is that pleasurable sensation we get when we see or hear something we like? And has the ability to appreciate beauty given us any evolutionary advantages? We are joined by a panel of experts at the International Science Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden, to explore how far science can explain the mystery of beauty. We look to biology, the brain, art and mathematics, to see how patterns, rhythms and symmetry contribute to our experience of beauty. And we ask whether machines can recognise or ‘appreciate’ beauty – and to what extent artificial intelligence is starting to confuse or influence what we think of as beautiful. (Image: The first ever image of a black hole. Credit: Event Horizon Telescope)
                                    Vita�s Lost Games � A Look at the Digital Future      Comment   Translate Page      

                          Ever since the advent of full-game downloads on consoles, it seems the market has slowly been shifting towards a digital future where games are delivered through internet connections rather than physical disks. While the convenience this brings is undeniable, and plenty of gamers have embraced having a stuffed memory card in their Vita, there are major pitfalls that are slowly beginning to show, one of which is that games can be delisted without any prior warning, leaving them lost to time unless you bought them before they disappeared.

                          It’s these that I’m aiming to examine in this article - games which have been removed from the PlayStation Store, both those that are digital-only (meaning they’re gone forever) and those that have physical releases that you’ll need to hunt down. Why have they been delisted and what does this mean for the Vita’s digital future?

                           

                          Digital Delisted Games With Physical Releases

                          Of course, the best case scenario for the games that will be featured in an article like this are those that have had both physical and digital releases, because this means that although they’ve been removed from digital storefronts you can still hunt down a physical copy, so you're not completely out of options.

                          Sadly, some of these have become hugely pricey as time has gone on, the main offenders being anime licensed titles from Bandai-Namco like A.W. Phoenix Festa and Digimon Story: Cyber SleuthBoth of these received physical English releases in Asia, meaning you can still get them, but prices are insanely high for both – Digimon regularly fetches upwards of $90/£90 on eBay, while Asterisk War is commanding more like $250/£250. Others, like Dragon Ball Z: Battle of ZJ-Stars Victory Vs+One Piece Pirate Warriors 3, and One Piece Unlimited World Red also received physical releases in Europe, making them slightly easier to hunt down, but even for these titles prices are only going to increase as time goes on.

                          Given the aforementioned titles' sudden disappearance from digital storefronts, I would also be on alert for other anime games suddenly disappearing from the store without notice. Things like Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory and Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs Force could well be next. Again, Asian-English physical versions are available for both, but with cart production ceasing this year these are only going to get rarer and rarer.

                          Licensing is a common issue among delisted titles. The Marvel licence in particular seems to be problematic. This means games like The Amazing Spider-Man and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 are long gone (sadly so too is the DLC for the latter, a problem which has also affected LittleBigPlanet as it offered Marvel-themed DLC), and so too is Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel’s Super Heroes. Speaking of Disney, its Star Wars IP formed part of Angry Birds Star Warswhich is now delisted, but so too is the Angry Birds Trilogy. This is a bit baffling since they were both originally mobile titles. Disney also licensed Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two to Sony and this can only be played via a now-expensive physical release.

                          A similar thing happened with both LEGO Lord of the Rings and LEGO The Hobbitwith both disappearing mostly overnight from all digital storefronts, not just Vita. Thankfully, pre-owned physical copies can be found at fairly cheap prices; something also true of Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour (although prices are starting to creep up). Speaking of sports titles, all three of the four FIFA games have been delisted, with only FIFA ’15 remaining (surely a ploy to get you to buy the most recent version, although it barely matters since they all play the same). Football Manager Classic 2014 is also gone too, despite some of the PSP Champion Manager games still being up!

                          The SpongeBob licence also seems to have expired for publisher Activision, meaning SpongeBob Heropants is gone and physical copies are beginning to shoot up in price, despite the game being a bit of a dud. Three more games which can’t be picked up for a reasonable amount anymore are Ben 10: Galactic Racing, Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen, and New Little King’s Story, the latter of which only got a physical English release in Europe and Asia, meaning it's pretty rare and getting rarer by the day. WRC3 on the other hand is delisted but easy enough to find. Whether you should or not is another matter, given it’s effectively obsolete with the much better WRC4 having released.

                          Oddly, despite being produced by mobile gaming giant Gameloft, Asphalt Injection and Dungeon Hunter Alliance have been delisted on Vita. The former sort of makes sense because it includes licensed vehicles, but the latter is baffling considering the PS3 version is still available. Perhaps it has something to do with Ubisoft publishing the Vita ports, which caused some kind of contractual issue (Ubisoft’s licensed rhythm game Michael Jackson: The Experience is also gone).

                           

                          Digital Delisted Games Without Physical Releases

                          The other key class of games here is, of course, those that only received digital releases and had no physical counterparts, meaning they’re lost forever if you didn’t grab them while they were up on the store.

                          The one semi-exception to this rule is Adventure Time: Secret of the Nameless Kingdomwhich oddly received a physical release in Japan but not the west. Sadly, this physical version does not include any English text, making it a fairly useless import unless you want to muddle through. Thankfully, the developers warned of the delisting in advance and even sold the game for $0.99 for its final few weeks, meaning it was easy to grab as long as you had a PlayStation Network account.

                          Other titles weren’t so lucky. For example, games like Sony’s music festival simulation BigFest disappeared once its online servers went down, even though the game is still fully playable without them. Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition is a title that went without much warning too, likely due to an upcoming PS4/XB1 port, which meant that publisher Gearbox didn’t want gamers playing the older version (oddly it contained slightly more content than the newer release).

                          One of the first games to be delisted that really made headlines was Plants vs. Zombies, one of the console’s western launch titles that was a shining example of digital distribution done right... until it mysteriously vanished from the store without warning (likely to do with the licence given to Sony Online Entertainment expiring). Another game that received a surprising amount of attention for its delisting was The Pinball Arcadewhich lost a large number of its tables (offered through DLC) late last year, effectively gutting it in terms of content.

                          Less fanfare was made about the disappearance of things like Jazz: Trump’s Journey (I didn’t realise it myself until randomly browsing the other day. The loss of this one is a shame as it was highly recommended by a user on a forum I browse) and Superfrog HDboth of which had no real reason for being removed given they’re self-published indie titles. They go to show the volatility of the digital-only future.

                          The biggest offender in this regard is the whole of PlayStation Mobile, though – a now-defunct service which allowed developers to create small games for a nominal fee and put them up on the cluttered PSM Store. The whole initiative was shut down in 2015 and, worse still, you can’t actually re-download any of these titles anymore, meaning games like Forevolution, Rymdkapsel, Sword of Rapierand Tokyo Jungle Mobile are potentially lost forever (I have the games on my OLED Vita, which is probably going to die at some point, and then they’ll be gone for good for me).

                           

                          Free-to-Play Games

                          The final group of games I want to touch on here are free-to-play titles, which rely on micro-transactions to stay viable, meaning that once the servers go down the games go down with them – a terrible result for those of us who want to preserve titles we love into the future.

                          The main one that stands out for me is Invokers TournamentVita’s first and only MOBA. Although it’s not gone yet (server shutdown is the 15th of May), there’s only a month and a half left to play it. It’s not the best game, but I still enjoyed my time with it and would recommend people try it out for something different on the handheld. In fact, Sony-published F2P titles have a habit of disappearing. Destiny of Spirits went down less than a year after being released, Ecolibrium is being shutdown in May alongside Invokers Tournament, and Fat Princess: Piece of Cake was swiftly removed from the store too. I feel like it’s only a matter of time until Run Sackboy! Run! is gone, so if you’ve ever been tempted to try it out the time is now.

                          A few third-party developers also tried their hands at the F2P market. One of the strangest was Square-Enix’s effort with Deadman’s Cross, a shooter mixed with a card game that seemingly didn’t do very well as it was shut down within a yearTreasures of Montezuma Blitz seemed to last a lot longer, but sadly even that’s gone now too (I don’t even remember hearing about it being removed).

                          One of my biggest regrets with Vita gaming was not getting a Japanese account sooner, as there were a tonne of fun-looking F2P titles on the Japanese store that are now long gone. Did you know, for example, that there was a crossover card game from Compile Heart named NepNep Connect: Chaos Chanpuru which mixed in characters from a variety of its Vita titles, including Monster MonpieceNeptunia and Trillion? Well, it’s delisted now, alongside things like Picotto Knights, a side-scrolling brawler from GungHo, Tri-Ace’s cover-shooter card game Judas Codeand both Chain Chronicle V and Samurai & Dragons from SEGA.

                          Square-Enix also released a new entry in its Mana series, entitled Rise of Mana, which was supposedly pretty well received, but the service was shut down in 2016 (apparently Square-Enix is looking to re-tool the game as something else, but that seems unlikely at this point and it definitely won’t be for Vita). Two Gundam games – Gundam Conquest V and Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Fortress - were also released in the region but went before I had chance to try them out. The fact these titles all disappeared so quickly means I’m probably going to have to hurry up if I want to play things like the Yakuza F2P spin-offs on the Japanese store, before they’re gone for good too.

                           

                          Conclusion

                          As you might have gathered from the tone of this article, I’m a massive advocate of physical media, because it gives me the opportunity to preserve my games. I’m still planning on playing my Vita for years to come and having a copy I can put in a drawer to come back to later means I don’t have to rush to grab things before they’re gone. Sure, physical carts won’t last forever either (although they don’t suffer from disc rot, there are other problems with flash memory), but they at least offer a better solution.

                          The financial advantages of digital distribution mean we’re seeing more and more games opt for this route. Many indie titles wouldn’t be possible if physical production was the only way to release, for example. But it also means we’re at risk of seeing many more games lost to time. My only advice on this matter is to make sure that you don’t wait too long to buy something if you’re interested, especially if there’s some kind of licence involved (the recent news about Driveclub is a fantastic example of that).

                          Thankfully, there are companies out there like Limited Run Games that are working hard to preserve games (even if they’re not always entirely succeeding, with things like Night Trap being full of bugs and Ys Origin launching without the patch on the cart), so there are more physical options than ever before. Vita’s digital future has offered many advantages, but I'm certainly glad that carts exist and I’ll be playing mine for years to come.

                          Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/436943/vitas-lost-gamesa-look-at-the-digital-future/


                                    Financial, operational creditors recover claims worth Rs 1.42 trillion from over 85 debt-ridden firms till Feb 28      Comment   Translate Page      
                          The share of financial creditors and operational creditors stood at Rs 65,635 crore and Rs 3,131 crore, respectively, as per data.
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                          Dear Readers,

                          It was "millennial money week" here at BI, where we got the results back from an INSIDER and Morning Consult survey that polled 4,400 young Americans on their spending habits. 

                          We published a number of stories based on the results. Here are some of the key findings. 

                          If you're new to the Wall Street Insider newsletter, you can sign up here.

                          Finances

                          1) Twenty-eight percent of millennials think they're worse off financially than they thought they'd be a decade ago.

                          2) A variety of economic factors have played a role in delaying some millennials' wealth-building process. The Great Recession, student-loan debt, and a higher cost of living have made it difficult for millennials to save.

                          College

                          1) Nearly half of millennials who have or have had student-loan debt think college wasn't worthwhile.

                          2) The divide between people who do think college was worth it and those who don't is clear: Millennials who are still paying off their student-loan debt feel worse about having gone to college than millennials who have already paid off their debt.

                          Retirement

                          1) Many Americans expect to buy a house or retire one day but aren't saving for it.

                          2) One-quarter of millennials who expect to retire between ages 66 and 75 have no retirement savings account.

                          3) Nearly half of Gen Xers have no retirement account, despite most expecting to retire between 56 and 75.

                          But, despite all of these money worries, our survey shows that millennials aren't curbing their spending. In fact, if given an extra $1,000 in a month, millennials and baby boomers would spend similarly. And while millennials are delaying major life events such as buying a house and having kids (due in large part to massive student loan debt), they aren't abandoning these things entirely. 

                          Bottom line: millennials have been accused of killing razors, mayo, golf, weddings, beer, and cereal. The rationale for this (at least according to the Fed) has been that it's because younger Americans don't have as much money to spend than previous generations. But the truth is a lot more complicated. 

                          Thanks for reading and have a great weekend! 
                          Olivia


                          Rich Friedman goldman sachs merchant banking

                          'It's good to be Rich': Meet the Goldman Sachs banker who has built a private investing empire that goes head-to-head with Blackstone — and you've probably never heard of him

                          The Champagne was flowing in February 2018 when the Goldman Sachs executive Rich Friedman welcomed a couple hundred guests to the Rainbow Room. The Manhattan landmark, opened in 1934, offers a menu with beef Wellington and baked Alaska and serves a $162 brunch. Overlooking Manhattan from the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center, guests danced and chatted as Stevie Wonder played piano.

                          On the surface, the event was a celebration of Friedman's 60th birthday. But it could have easily been a celebration of a Goldman Sachs career entering its golden years. Therecent retirement of CEO Lloyd Blankfein made Friedman the longest-tenured partner at Goldman.

                          Since 1991, Friedman has built the bank's private-investing activities into a sprawling collection of funds that have invested more than $180 billion in real estate and infrastructure, private equity, and credit markets that often competes with flashier investment firms like Blackstone, Carlyle, and KKR.

                          Though advocates put him in the pantheon of buyout greats, Friedman hasn't enjoyed the same name recognition as men with names like Schwarzman, Kravis, and Rubenstein. That's by design, according to interviews with about a dozen current and former colleagues, clients, and competitors.

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                          Tim Throsby sent an email to Barclays' CEO with the title 'irreconcilable.' He warned that a plan to gut compensation by 20% and boost profitability was unrealistic.

                          Tim Throsby, a former JPMorgan banker hired by Barclays to much fanfare to run its investment bank, drafted an email over the weekend of March 23 to 24. By the time he got around to sending it to CEO Jes Staley, he was already out.

                          The subject line of the email, according to someone who had seen it, was "irreconcilable."

                          The email was sent to Staley and a number of other senior leaders on March 28, a day after Throsby's shock departure from Barclays was announced, and rehashed the concerns he held over his boss' strategy. The email said Staley planned for cost reductions and job cuts — including a 20% cut to total compensation — for Barclays International, as well as a reduction in reserves held in case of credit losses, according to the person.

                          READ MORE HERE>>

                          Silicon Valley has made top data-science talent too expensive for many hedge funds, so they're getting creative to compete

                          On one side, there are billions of dollars from the world's biggest investors ready to be run by your algorithm. On the other, there's a chance to work at the most talked-about companies on the planet —right as they promise to turn their employees into millionaires overnight.

                          The battle for top tech talent between Wall Street and Silicon Valley is nothing new, but it's reaching a fever pitch in the hedge fund industry, industry participants and consultants said, as both sides eye billions of dollars up for grabs thanks to a host of buzzy tech unicorns expected to go public, like Uber, Slack, and Pinterest.

                          This Silicon Valley gold rush has forced hedge funds to grapple with a problem they hardly ever run into: The industry is being outbid for the top talent.

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                          YieldStreet, a fintech company offering exotic investments in things like art, but experts are warning about the risk

                          Wealthy individuals who want to reap the financial benefits of investing in a Monet without actually owning an $80 million painting will soon have a new option.

                          YieldStreet, a financial platform that offers exotic investment products like marine finance and loans to law firms to the mass affluent, is buying an company called Athena Art Finance from private equity firm Carlyle in a deal valued at $170 million. YieldStreet's 100,000 investors will be able to invest in art financing as a result of the deal.

                          The deal comes as more financial technology players are trying to open up access to investments previously reserved for institutional or ultra-wealthy investors, such as private equity. Earlier this week, Nasdaq and iCapital, a BlackRock-backed alternative investment company, said they're working to create a platform that will launch later this year to allow private fund investors to sell their stakes before the end of a fund's life.

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                          BlackRock-backed iCapital is teaming up with Nasdaq to create a private equity fund selling platform for wealthy investors

                          As wealthy individuals get into private equity and other illiquid investments in greater numbers than ever, they're increasingly looking for ways to get out, too.

                          Institutional investors, who long dominated strategies like venture capital, private equity real estate, and private credit, have worked with advisers to sell their fund stakes on the secondaries market. That option hasn't been available to individual investors, who may not be able to keep their capital locked up for the decade or longer that a private fund requires.

                          Nasdaq and iCapital, a BlackRock-backed alternative investment company, are now seeking to give investors that option by creating a platform that will launch later this year, executives told Business Insider.

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                          An inside look at Digital Asset, the blockchain company that's shifting strategies as Wall Street loses interest in the technology

                          A blockchain company that no longer deals solely with blockchains.

                          Digital Asset made a name for itself as a leader in how distributed-ledger technology would be implemented on Wall Street when it burst onto the scene in 2014. Big-name backers, large funding rounds, and a former high-profile bank executive caused it to turn heads.

                          Five years later the industry is still considering how best to implement distributed-ledger technology. While nearly every Wall Street firm has invested resources into investigating blockchains, real-world applications of the technology beyond pilot programs have been largely nonexistent.

                          READ MORE HERE >>

                          Wall Street move of the week:

                          Barclays just lost two more executives as Ravi Singh departs after only four months

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                                    The US economy increasingly looks like it's past the point of no return — and not even the Fed can save it from the next recession      Comment   Translate Page      

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                          • The Federal Reserve would like to achieve a so-called soft landing by slowing down the economy without triggering a recession. 
                          • According to David Rosenberg, the chief economist at strategist at Gluskin Sheff, this is looking highly unlikely. 
                          • His charts below lay out some of the economy's most vulnerable spots, explain why it may be too late for the Fed to avert the next recession, and highlight parts of the market that have historically done well during downturns.
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                          The Federal Reserve has undoubtedly played a key role in juicing this economic expansion and enabling a historically long bull market in stocks.  

                          But with nascent signs of an economic slowdown, the Fed's capacity to fight the next recession is being called into question.

                          At issue is whether the Fed can achieve another so-called soft landing, which happens when the Fed raises interest rates sufficiently enough to avert an overheated economy and stops tightening soon enough to avoid a recession. The last time this happened was in the mid-1990s, when the Fed successfully paused its hiking campaign — as it has now — before resuming.

                          Not everyone thinks the Fed will be able to engineer a slowdown without a recession, including David Rosenberg, the chief economist and strategist at Gluskin Sheff.

                          His table below provides the first reason why: Historically, Fed rate-hike cycles have been followed by recessions, not soft landings.

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                          The other big bone of contention that Rosenberg has with the Fed lies in how it has shifted the estimate of what it considers the neutral rate. "Neutral" refers to a theoretical level of interest rates at which the Fed has basically achieved its goals: prices are stable, there's full employment, and the economy is neither slowing nor accelerating. 

                          The Fed has consistently lowered this estimate — also known as the terminal funds rate — since the Great Recession. But, as Rosenberg points out, the most recent recent haircut placed it within one more hike of its current benchmark rate. In other words, the Fed is signaling that this source of rocket fuel for the economy is running close to empty. 

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                          Looking beyond the particulars of the Fed's decisions, Rosenberg has identified several parts of the economy that investors should be watching closely.

                          The first place to watch is the interest-rate market, which is immediately impacted by Fed policy. Much ado has been made of the inverted yield curve, or the difference between 3-month and 10-year Treasuries that recently turned negative. Similar inversions have preceded every US recession since the 1950s, and this episode sent the New York Fed's recession-probability model to an 11-year high.

                          Read more: Wall Street is fixated on the yield curve — but one market bear warns a more ominous threat is set to tip the economy into the 'ice age'

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                          The corporate-debt market is another sore spot.

                          Looser regulations since the 2016 elections have spurred many companies to arrange financing to grow their businesses, and a record $1.8 trillion in corporate debt is coming due in 2023, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. This borrowing binge has in turn driven corporate debt to historic and potentially ominous highs relative to gross domestic product, as the chart below shows.

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                          The problem is not just in the sum of debt — it's the fact that many of these companies may be unable to repay their debt if the economy slows.

                          What others are saying 

                          For now, stock-market investors are taking their cue from the ongoing pause in interest rates, and are exuding confidence that the immediate future is rosy. Despite all the recession talk, the market is back within shouting distance of an all-time high, following the late-year correction that was spurred by concerns about high interest rates. 

                          Also, there aren't many economists or investors who are willing to mention the dreaded 'r' word at the first signs of a slowdown. Apart from the reputational threat of being wrong, there's a technical one: recessions have no start date that's easy to pinpoint ahead of time. They are subjectively determined by the National Bureau of Economic Research, which always makes the call after the economy is already speeding in reverse gear. 

                          But there are other pundits like Rosenberg who are willing to shout at the first hint of smoke, even before the fire is obvious. And he doesn't stop there: his chart below shows how various asset classes have historically stacked up during recessions, and could serve as a starting point to prep for the next one. 

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                                    Moon administration to reduce financial burden for subfertility and pediatric treatments       Comment   Translate Page      
                          The South Korean government plans to spend around 6 trillion won (US$5.26 billion) over the next five years to reduce the financial burden for treatment of subfertility and serious illnesses in small ..
                                    State of the Nation: 5G Trillion Dollar Lawsuit UPDATE: Mass Action “Notice of Liability” (Lloyd’s Refuses to Insure, For Good Reason)      Comment   Translate Page      
                          5G Roll-out Facing $1 Trillion Class Action Lawsuit “Let’s see them square off with a phalanx of personal injury attorneys and cadre of environmental lawyers who will be marshalling through a $1 Trillion Class Action Lawsuit.” Of course, the biggest concern about what is essentially a military deployment of 5G is that it represents “The …
                                    Where do your tax $$$ go?      Comment   Translate Page      

                          It's a black hole of waste and corruption - I'm talking about the Pentagon budget.

                          When you add up all the various pots of gold where military money is hidden the total US military budget tops $1 trillion per year.

                          And what goes for wanting?

                          Health care, education, infrastructure repair, mental health programs, housing, environmental care, sustainable technology development and much more.

                          It's your money.

                          We've become a militarized economy where the only real government job creation in our local communities is weapons production and endless war.  American is addicted to war like a drunk sitting at the bar.

                          The Pentagon calls it 'security export'.  They mean that the US's role under corporate globalization will be endless war and regime change operations that only benefit Wall Street and the resource extraction corporations.

                          In Brunswick, Maine we will gather at the downtown post office between 11:00 - 1:00 pm on Monday (April 15) to hand out the above flyers to people as they drop their tax returns in the mail.

                          We've got to do all we can to get the public to think about where their hard-earned $$$$ is going and to encourage organizing to make life possible for the future generations.

                          It's not the poor and immigrants who are causing our national fiscal crisis.  It is war, greed and corporate domination of our political system and economy.

                          Bruce
                                    The other mayor running for president: A conversation with Wayne Messam      Comment   Translate Page      

                          Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam, who recently announced his candidacy for president of the United States. Mayor Messam happens to be from the same area I grew up in, the Glades area of Florida, on the Southeast shores of Lake Okeechobee. The Glades is a rural agricultural area, with a large African American and Latino population. Mayor Messam went on to star at Florida State University as a wide receiver, then established a successful construction business in Miramar, a city of 122,000 in Broward County, Florida. Below is my conversation with Mayor Messam, which has been edited for clarity.  

                          MAYOR WAYNE MESSAM: I'm on, how is everyone?

                          ARMANDO: I’m very good. Mr. Mayor. My name is Armando Llorens. I'm a contributing editor at Daily Kos, but more importantly I also am from The Glades and I'm very excited to talk to you about your run.

                          MESSAM: Oh, wow. Which Muck City are you from?

                          ARMANDO: Pahokee.

                          MESSAM: Oh, wow Pahokee. I was born in the hospital there.

                          ARMANDO: Thank you for indulging my walk back down memory lane. Mr. Mayor. Congratulations on the launch of your campaign. I’d like to start with this question. I read about your college debt forgiveness plan. It's very impressive. I have a question, though. And I don't know if that has been fleshed out in the details of your plan. Your plan takes care of what's happened in the past. How do we look to control college debt and cost for students and families of students going forward? Do you have ideas on how to address that?

                          MESSAM: Well, obviously, you know, once we forgive all of the debt it actually will serve as a stimulus in our package and we can get the actual plan emailed out to you specifically, but obviously we have to address the high cost of higher education for today’s borrowers. We have to support our public institutions as well as other vocational institutions, as they’ve done in California. We are promoting programs that would make state colleges and community colleges and vocational schools tuition-free. It will follow those individuals that are looking for career opportunities through that path to help reduce the cost, but we have to ensure that we lower the cost for higher education. But when you think about the plan, the plan is really to eliminate the $1.5 trillion [in student debt.]. And once we do that, on average that will save about $400 a month in actual debt payments that could be used for other things—whether it's to invest in a business, to invest in retirement, to buy real estate—economic activity that will help drive the economy.


                                    German Lawmakers Consider Nationalizing Private Apartments To House The Poor      Comment   Translate Page      

                          While Mario Draghi continues to lament the lack of inflation that the ECB's massive balance sheet - now at 41% of Europe's GDP -  has failed to spark, and is contemplating even more aggressive measure to create higher prices, to one group of people, the ECB's reflationary efforts have been more than successful: Berlin renters who are furious that the median rent has more than doubled since 2011, soaring past 10 euros a square meter, meaning a 1,000-square-foot apartment costs more than $1,100 a month (still be a bargain in most other major cities),

                          And as the anger over soaring rents grows, so do the protests: last weekend, 50,000 protesters took part in a march against rent increases in Germany's capital city, which was organized by an affordable housing advocacy group in an effort to collect signatures for a referendum that would push the city to expropriate apartments from large landlords, and transfer some of the city's increasingly expensive residential rental properties to public ownership.

                          Protestors with a banner reading ’Expropriate Deutsche Wohnen and Co.’ in Berlin on April 6; Getty Images.

                          If the group gathers enough signatures — about 20,000 — the city's government will have to consider a plan to seize more than 250,000 apartments from their corporate owners, The Associated Press reported.

                          The proposal targets for-profit companies that own more than 3,000 apartments in Berlin: "These are companies that are coming in and seeing a really profitable market," Thomas McGath, a spokesperson for the group that organized the campaign, told NPR. "It's not your normal mom and pop landlord."

                          In other words, far from not sparking inflation, the ECB has not only doubled Berlin rents, but sparked a historic backlash that may result in the confiscation and the nationalization of big, corporate chunks of the housing market.

                          And here's where it gets especially troubling for the ECB: under German law, the plan technically could happen. As NPR reports, Article 15 of the German Constitution states that "land, natural resources and means of production may, for the purpose of nationalisation, be transferred to public ownership."

                          Furthermore, while Germany has the lowest proportion of home owners in the European Union, renters are by far in the majority in Berlin. That makes rental costs a political issue. Merkel’s government has taken tentative steps by passing legislation to limit rent increases and pledging to invest more than 6 billion euros in affordable housing.

                          Ah the irony: East Germany, in its passionate desire to "tear down this wall", never really considered the long-term consequences of a free market (even if one manipulated entirely by the ECB), and is suddenly feeling nostaglic for the good, old days of communism, where things such as private property did not exist.

                          "At the beginning, some of the fathers of the constitution thought, 'Well, there could be a situation where the market ... gets out of control and then it could be important to get this regulation," Ralf Schoenball, a reporter for the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, told KCRW Berlin. But Schoenball said the article has never been used before.

                          Well, congratulations, Mario Draghi: your monetary policies are about to force the first European nation to revert back to socialism.

                          As for those who think that Germany's anger at soaring rents is a flash in the pan and will soon be over, think again. As Bloomberg reports, during last weekend's demonstration, a blond-haired girl carried a wooden placard as she marched with her parents and thousands of others at a demonstration against soaring rents. Her sign had a stark message: “My future? Sleeping under bridges.”

                          The girl’s poignant protest highlights the emotionally charged nature of the housing debate in Germany, and Berlin in particular. In the capital city, where residents have been buffeted by a sudden surge in costs, a movement is gaining momentum for a radical solution: nationalizing big chunks of the housing market.

                          Protesters in Berlin carry a giant "rent shark" at a march against rent increases on Saturday. Michael Sohn/AP

                          Furthermore, unlike any typical, disorganized grassroots movement, this one is very clear in their demands: the organizers have started collecting signatures for a referendum to push the city to expropriate apartments from large landlords - companies that own more than 3,000 units like Deutsche Wohnen SE and Vonovia SE.

                          The advocacy group has named its campaign "Expropriate Deutsche Wohnen & Co," which translates as take possession of the real estate company Deutsche Wohnen, which owns about 160,000 residential and commercial units.

                          "There are a lot of stories about the Deutsche Wohnen ... that they raise rental fees, that they try to get rid of tenants with old contracts with low rental fees," Schoenball told KCRW Berlin. "A lot of tenants are afraid that they could be put out of their apartment."

                          The final straw for the activists according to Blocame last year, when Deutsche Wohnen agreed to buy 800 residential and commercial units on Karl Marx Allee, an imposing Stalinist boulevard in the former communist east. Residents fearing rent increases mobilized, and the city sought to block the deal in court. Naturally, the property company - one of the main winners of Berlin’s housing boom - has rejected demands to turn over its property.

                          “We won’t allow our assets to be expropriated,” Deutsche Wohnen Chief Executive Officer Michael Zahn said during a panel discussion in Berlin this week. “That’s just not going to happen. We’re not living in a banana republic."

                          We wouldn't be so sure: the activists need to collect 20,000 within six months and another 170,000 by February. While pushing the state to buy apartments won’t increase supply, campaigners argue that the measure would send a signal to landlords that they need to play fair or risk losing their assets.

                          Of course, landlords are merely responding to market supply and demand  - if rents this high were uneconomical they wouldn't exist. The question is why are such high prices suddenly affordable. For the answer, look to this man, who has injected trillions in both Europe's capital markets and, to a far lesser extent, the economy. The result are rents that are unaffordable for the majority of the population, but since they were never the marginal price setters, well.... take your protest from Berlin to Frankfurt, and ideally inside the lobby of the ECB.

                          "Expropriation is creating a lot of emotions right now," Zahn told AP in an email. "But it won't create a single apartment." AP also reported that the company said, on average, its apartments are about 645 square feet and cost about the equivalent of $650 to rent, and that the company follows government rules for calculating permissible rent increases based on neighborhood averages.

                          So will Berliners be successful in pushing through the first nationalization of property in modern German times? It remains to be seen: if the campaign can pass its first hurdle and collect 20,000 signatures, the city's government will be tasked with drafting a counterproposal that satisfies the grassroots group. If the government fails, the group will need to rally another 170,000 signers to move the proposal to a referendum and then to a ballot, where a majority will be required to pass it.

                          As Bloomberg adds, the chances of the referendum’s success may not be so far-fetched. The German constitution allows for expropriation in the interests of “socialization” in return for adequate compensation. Berlin has a vibrant track record of civic activism, with a 2014 referendum successfully forcing the city to back off plans to sell parts of the former Tempelhof airfield to developers.

                          While most mainstream politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel and Berlin’s mayor, are against using taxpayer money to buy apartments, there has been tentative support. Robert Habeck - co-leader of the Greens, the second-strongest party in Germany in recent polls - has said state housing purchases need to be considered to counter speculation.

                          The risk is that such state intervention could scare away investors needed to bolster supply, which is the only real long-term solution. The German construction industry association warned that compensation for expropriated owners could run to 36 billion euros ($41 billion), enough money to build over 220,000 rental units on government land.

                          “What we really need to do is build, build and build again,” said Stefan Koerzell, a senior official at the German Trade Union Confederation, which supports the referendum. The growing crisis is a “wake-up call” for politicians, he said at a press conference in Berlin.

                          And since a flood of supply isn't happening any time soon, the schism between renters and property owners is only set to grow, potentially with dire consequences:  on a panel with the Deutsche Wohnen CEO, Rouzbeh Taheri - one of the leaders of the referendum campaign - said he and other activists were treated like “pesky mosquitoes” by the property company. As public backing grows, he had a warning: “Try spending a night with a thousand mosquitoes and see what happens.”


                                    France Passes Bill to Allow Insurance Providers to Invest In Crypto & Tokens      Comment   Translate Page      

                          Authored by Helen Partz via CoinTelegraph.com,

                          French insurance markets can now invest in cryptocurrencies, following the passage of a new law, foreign exchange news agency FXStreet reports April 11.

                          On April 11, the National Assembly of France adopted a bill that is designed to stimulate local business development, including redirecting savings from individuals to businesses, according to local news agency Les Echos. According to Reuters, the Assemblee Nationale voted 147 in favor and 50 against.

                          image courtesy of CoinTelegraph

                          Known as “Plan d’action pour la croissance et la transformation des entreprises,” (Pacte) the act reportedly allows insurance providers in France to invest in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC) with no limit on the amount of investment.

                          According FXStreet, a dual provision of the act enables insurers to invest in crypto through specialized professional funds, and allows them to offer life insurance policies exposed to crypto. The new measure will also impact professional capital investment funds.

                          Joel Giraud, deputy and budget manager of Emmanuel Macron’s party La République En Marche, confirmed the news, while claiming that the new crypto-related initiative “was not the primary objective of the Pacte,” according to tech news website TrustNodes.

                          The bill mainly targets privatization process, including a sale of the state’s stake in airports group ADP in order to raise money for a new innovation fund.

                          Earlier in March, Eric Woerth, head of the Finance Committee of the National Assembly, proposedto ban anonymous cryptocurrencies like Monero (XMR) and ZCash (ZEC).


                                    FG to raise N6 Trillion from petroleum tax, VAT      Comment   Translate Page      

                          The Federal Government, through the Federal Inland Revenue Service, plans to generate N4.3tn from petroleum profit tax and N1.7tn through the Value Added Tax in 2019,

                          The amount is part of the N8.8tn tax revenue needed by the government to finance the 2019 budget.

                          Details of how the revenue would be generated are contained in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework Tax Revenue Projections for 2019-2021.

                          The document, which was submitted to the National Assembly by the Executive Chairman of FIRS, Mr Tunde Fowler, was obtained on Friday by our source.


                          In the document, the FIRS said the N8.8tn would be realised through two major tax revenue components. They are oil tax revenue, where N4.3tn would be collected and non-oil tax revenue where the service had proposed to generate N4.5tn for the government.

                          Further breakdown of the oil tax revenue showed that the entire N4.3tn is expected to come from petroleum profit tax.

                          For the non oil tax revenue, an analysis of the document shows that N1.7tn is expected to be earned from company income tax, while gas income, capital gains tax and stamp duty are expected to earn N685.63bn, N6.27bn and N17.64bn, respectively for the government.

                          Also, Value Added Tax is expected to contribute N1.7tn; education tax, N275.39bn; consolidated account, N99.78bn and Nigeria Information Technology Development Fund, N20.01bn.

                          The FIRS in the document stated that the tax revenue target for 2019 was based on the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of the Federal Government.

                          It said that to boost tax revenue, a lot of initiatives would be implemented with support from the government.

                          Some of them are the expansion of Tax Identification database to cover federal, states and local government to establish a reliable VAT tax base across the country.

                          While engaging relevant stakeholders, the service said it would develop and propose tax laws targeted at emerging sectors of the economy such as digital economies.

                          It said a review of existing tax laws to close the legal loopholes for taxes by adopting a sectoral, rules-based approach would be implemented.

                          The FIRS also stated that it would develop a strategy for revenue campaigns targeted at the informal sector of the economy, noting that a unified nationwide tax payer database would be developed.

                          It said a strong incentive programme aimed at encouraging tax payment by Nigerians would be designed.

                          The incentive, it noted, could involve tying government projects to tax revenue collected.
                                    Body Language Analysis No. 4379: Katie Bouman, Black Holes, and Emotional Processing - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (PHOTOS)      Comment   Translate Page      

                          Katherine Bouman has become the public persona for the first-ever imaging of a Black Hole. She's an American imaging scientist and an incoming assistant professor of computing and mathematical sciences at CalTech. Her Ph.D. thesis was titled, "Extreme imaging via physical model inversion: seeing around corners and imaging black holes".


                          As a member of the Event Horizon Telescope team, Dr. Bouman helped capture this first image of a supermassive black hole - at the center of Messier 87 (Also known as M87 - a truly gargantuan galaxy composed of a trillion stars - centered approximately 53.49 light years from Earth). This image is profoundly symbolic and significant in the history of science - for the photo matched the theory - and thus, was just what astronomers expected.


                          This photo, from Katie Bouman's Facebook post, is captioned, "Watching in disbelief as the first image I ever made of a black hole was in the process of being reconstructed".

                          From a nonverbal perspective, what does this photo of Katie Bouman tell us?

                          Although we can only see a portion of her mouth, it does seem to be configured in a true, sincere simile. Her left mouth corner - and a hint of her right corner - are both directed primarily upward and also laterally.

                          Another crucial component of a true smile is seen displayed by Dr. Bouman's cheek muscles (zygomaticus major). These contracted and vectored upward as well.

                          If her hands weren't covering her mouth, we'd only see her upper teeth.  

                          We can see that Katie Bouman's upper and lower eyelids are partially closed. Moreover, her lower eyelids each have a dynamic, concave-up furrow present. This evanescent finding is required of a true, sincere smile (a Duchenne Smile).

                          A seldom noted, but crucial part of a sincere smile is a non-contracted forehead. Note that Dr. Bouman's forehead is relaxed.

                          Dr. Bouman is also blushing. While not a required element of a true smile of joy-happiness, when accompanying the above-described characteristics - blushing is a sincerity amplifier.

                          As noted previously, Katie Bouman's hands are covering her mouth. This mouth covering is a signal of emotional processing. Said another way, while the logical portion of her brain knew what was happening - the emotional part of her brain was a more than a bit overloaded processing the event and its the ramifications.

                          Fascinatingly, during moments of dramatically good, bad, or surprising news - the covering of one's mouth - which often occurs rapidly (along with covering of portions of the cheeks and/or nose) - not only tells us the person's emotional characteristics in that moment - but this dynamic also speaks to a significant part of that person's overall character. Those who exhibit this behavior will have significantly higher sincerity and empathy levels.

                          Yet, Katie Bouman is displaying some emotional dissonance here. For this photo was taken at the moment when the first (of many) images of the M87 Supermassive Black Hole were being compiled. These were eventually amalgamated into the complete picture (shown above) which we've all since become familiar. In this early stage of this scientific moment, Dr. Bouman, naturally, had some anxiety - which is, in part, manifested with her straight, intertwined fingers. In this context, the collective positions of her upper and lower arms, along with her shoulders - which are all drawn inward and covering her chest - is an anxiety amplifying cluster.

                          SUMMARY: Katie Bouman's smile is a true, sincere smile of joy-happiness. She's also experiencing some (quite expected) anxiety - as well as some emotional processing during the unfolding of this historical event.


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                          Body Language Analysis No. 4378: William Barr questioned regarding The Mueller Report

                          Body Language Analysis No. 4377: Donald Trump, "These aren't people, these are animals"

                          Body Language Analysis No. 4376: Jacinda Ardern and Donald Trump - a Study in Contrasts

                          Body Language Analysis No. 4375: Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and Security Clearances

                          Body Language Analysis No. 4374: Nancy Pelosi's Clap-Back to Donald Trump during the 2019 SOTU

                          Body Language Analysis No. 4373: Matthew Whitaker's Press Conference regarding Robert Mueller's Investigation

                          Body Language Analysis No. 4332: Richard Nixon, Nikita Khrushchev, and The Kitchen Debate

                          Body Language Analysis No. 4295: Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos, and Red Flags

                          Body Language Analysis No. 4254: Tony Robbins, Nanine McCool, and the #MeToo Movement


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                                    $20-$50 Trillion For Blockchain Adopting Countries in The Next 30 Years      Comment   Translate Page      

                          The blockchain industry will expand over the next few decades, with the hope that the country to adopt the technology would lead the tech space …

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                                    Giants: Who Really Rules The World?      Comment   Translate Page      
                          Abby Martin sits down with Peter Phillips, former director of Project Censored and professor of Political Sociology at Sonoma State University. His new book “Giants: The Global Power Elite” details the 17 transnational investment firms which control over $50 trillion in wealth—and how they are
                                    Key Words: Donald Trump: The stock market should be as much as 10,000 points higher      Comment   Translate Page      
                          The value of the U.S. stock market has risen by $9.1 trillion, or 35.6%, since Election Day in 2016, according to Wilshire Associates. For President Donald Trump, that’s not nearly enough.

                                    Senior Software Development Engineer - Amazon Web Services, Inc. - Seattle, WA      Comment   Translate Page      
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                                    10 Tips For The Forex Trading Newbie in 2019      Comment   Translate Page      

                          The Forex exchange attracts thousands of traders each and every day, across the globe. Now anybody can easily grab a slice of a $5.3 trillion dollar a day market. Entering the currency markets as a newbie can be a very scary, yet adventurous experience. Get the exclusive Forex trading tips here.


                                    What Would You Risk to Defend the Earth?; Earth Defense Coalition, 7-Apr-2019      Comment   Translate Page      
                          Earth Defense Coalition was born from the struggle for clean water in an increasingly polluted world. Everything we do is to serve the end of saving Earth not simply for its people but also the preservation of its natural ecological state and millions of species. We recognize that history proves a diversity of tactics a necessity to tearing down the machine, [including...] Nonviolent Direct Action.... We understand the intersectionality of struggle within imperiled groups whose way of life has been drastically harmed by the confluence of colonial, imperialist violence and ecological destruction. The ongoing colonization and brutality inflicted on people of color and indigenous populations worldwide is directly at the crosshairs of the Earth’s survival. We stand with our sisters and brothers to reclaim the sanctity of the planet and its trillions of hominid and non-hominid inhabitants.
                                    10 SCARY THINGS ABOUT SPACE      Comment   Translate Page      

                          10 Scary Things About Space
                          By Christopher Warner,
                          Toptenz, 14 April 2019.

                          Since the dawn of man (and woman), humankind has gazed longingly at the flickering stars high above in search of meaning, guidance, and inspiration. A gradual progression in science and technology has taught us much about our faraway skies - namely, that it’s cold, dark, and tantalizingly mysterious up there. It’s also scarier than Hell.

                          Nonetheless, it’s hard not to daydream about the outer limits or simply laugh at Captain Kirk and that space lizard in the worst fight scene ever filmed. Although many elements of the final frontier remain elusive, recent discoveries have revealed an array of terrifying threats that will keep even the bravest star warriors hiding under the covers with the lights on at night.

                          10. Meteor Showers


                          Imagine cruising along in your Honda or Chevy GUV (Galactic Utility Vehicle) blasting sound waves on the ol’ satellite when suddenly out of nowhere - BLAMMO - you’re blindsided by a huge boulder. Not only is your insurance rate going to skyrocket, but the nearest space side assistance is billions of miles away. Bummer.

                          Although this scenario may seem like a sci-fi nightmare, a similar occurrence actually occurred on planet earth in 2013 after a meteorite exploded over the Ural mountains in Russia. By the time the dust settled, over 400 people had been injured, underscoring the disturbing reality that cascading debris can strike without warning.

                          Fortunately, most large falling objects burn up while traveling through the earth’s atmosphere. Space travelers in the future, however, will have to dodge a spate of other potential hazards, including meteors, comets, and asteroids.

                          9. Black Holes


                          Q: What traps light, warps time, and operates on a colossal scale but yet can’t be seen? A: Black Holes. True to its enigmatic label, black holes have been mythically confounding ever since Albert Einstein first introduced the notion with his general theory of relativity in 1916.

                          Recently, astronomers took the first image ever of a black hole via the Event Horizon Telescope, a network of eight linked telescopes around the world. Although many questions still remain unanswered, black holes are characterized by the way they affect nearby debris, stars, and galaxies - and typically form out of the death of a large star called a supernova (more on that that later). Unlike a planet or star, a black hole doesn’t have a surface but rather occupies a region where matter has collapsed on itself. The amount of concentrated mass is such that nothing can escape its gravitational pull - not even light - and certainly not an astronaut who makes a disastrous wrong turn while lost in space.

                          Black holes exist in many different sizes, and similar to tornadoes, they tend to move around at high speeds, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Even a small one in our Solar System would be catastrophic, tossing planets out of orbit and ripping the sun to shreds. Although intrepid explorers will be tempted to visit these dark voids, nothing so far has ever survived a trip to a black hole.

                          8. Solar Flares


                          Our sun is a glorious, awe-inspiring star that provides warmth, light and the necessary temperature for precious life to exist. It’s also steadily expanding - and will someday completely destroy earth, torching our beloved planet like a marshmallow that’s been left too long around a campfire. Fortunately, that won’t happen for billions of years, but in the meantime, solar flares are capable of inflicting tremendous damage with little or no warning.

                          A solar flare is a violent eruption that occurs when stored energy on the sun is suddenly released. This produces another one of those ridiculous hotter-than-Hell numbers, releasing a flash of radiation across the electromagnetic spectrum.

                          Scientists classify solar flares according to their brightness and in relation to x-ray wavelengths. The largest of categories, X-class flares, are large, disruptive events that can severely damage satellites, wipe out power grids, and basically relegate all “smart” technology to stupid pieces of crap.

                          7. Eridanus Supervoid


                          First of all, stop your juvenile snickering. No, this isn’t slang for an epic bowel movement or anything of the sordid kind. The Eridanus Supervoid is believed to be a massive empty section located in the Eridanus Constellation just south of Orion. However, what makes this discovery so intriguing is that it’s not only the largest structure ever observed in the Universe, but it’s missing about 10,000 galaxies - or around 20 percent less matter than other regions. As a result, the oddity could possibly contain an “alternative reality” within this ominous patch of sky.

                          In 2004, cosmologists at University of Hawaii observed a span stretching 1.8 billion light-years across and located about 3 billion light-years away (1 light year = 5.88 trillion miles). They identified a large Cold Spot on the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), a map of the radiation left over from the Big Bang, providing a critical tool to study the origin and development of the Universe at cosmic timescales.

                          The startling revelation presented a perplexing conundrum: the enormity of the cold spot doesn’t align with our current understanding of how the Universe evolved. While it’s not uncommon to find a few small warm and cold patches on the CMB, cold patches of this magnitude are a head-scratching anomaly. According to one report, it’s “too big to exist.”

                          6. Fermi’s Paradox


                          In 1942, an Italian-American physicist named Enrico Fermi led an all-star team of scientists to build the world’s first nuclear reactor. This monumental effort was part of the Manhattan Project, a top-secret U.S. government operation that produced the atomic bomb. Afterward, Fermi shifted his attention and extraordinary acumen on solving another complex subject: why haven’t we detected any other alien civilization despite the billions upon billions of other Earth-type planets that most likely exist?

                          The theory, which came to be known as “Fermi’s Paradox,” posits how the high probability of extraterrestrial life is contradictory to the lack of fact-based, demonstrable evidence supporting it. Naturally, this school of thought discounts the myriad of claims made by people who have allegedly witnessed UFOs or experienced alien encounters - not to mention phenomenons such as Crop Circles and Cargo Cult Theory.

                          While it’s tough to argue with a genius of Fermi’s stature (especially with our own limited, reptilian brains), we’re left wondering if it’s more frightening that we’re all alone or that hostile life forms are waiting to devour us like a Great White Shark munching seal snacks. Either way, it’s best to keep that aforementioned light on at night.

                          5. HyperNova


                          Many subjects dealing with the cosmos involve an impossible-to-fathom number. A hypernova is one of them. In this instance, the astronomical figure relates to the excessive amount of heat and energy generated from an explosion. But first, let’s review what is known about these fascinating wonders.

                          Novas are relatively small eruptions that occur in double star systems. When a white dwarf’s gravity pulls material away from a companion star, gas piles up and eventually becomes dense enough to ignite in a spark of nuclear fusion. Next, the Supernova, usually marks the death of a large star and the formation of a neutron star. The heat of a supernova can reach 120 million degrees - a temperature five times that of a nuclear blast.

                          Finally, a hypernova is an ultra-energetic supernova marking the birth of black holes and the release of intense gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), the most energetic form of light. As the mightiest of the Nova family, hypernovae are 5 to 50 times more energetic than a supernova. Additionally, for sake of completion, “Champagne Supernova“ is a song by the mega pop band Oasis, featuring lyrics of which scientists have yet to decipher the meaning…

                          4. We’re really, really, really small…


                          Although mother earth appears to be a gigantic sphere of bottomless oceans and endless roads, we’re relatively puny compared to other planets. How small? In terms of relative scale, Jupiter is 2.5 times larger than all the rest of the planets in the Solar System combined. But if you really want to feel minuscule, look no further than our sun - that big fiery 10,000-degree inferno 93 million miles away.

                          The Sun’s diameter is 109 times bigger than the rock we call home and is so large that 1,300,000 planet Earths could fit inside of it. While the luminous ball appears to be the largest star in the sky, that’s only because it’s the closest. The #1 star in the universe is the gargantuan UY Scuti, a Red Supergiant with a radius around 1,700 times larger than our sun.

                          But don’t despair, Earthlings. At least now you know how a ladybug feels, clinging to a thin blade of grass.

                          3. Rogue Planets


                          These wandering vagabonds (also known as nomad planets, unbound planets, orphan planets, starless planets, etc.) are objects with enough mass to qualify as planets but orbit a galactic center directly. The Universe, despite its vast expanse, consists of a jam-packed arena of activity that often resembles a well-choreographed dance. But a rogue planet disrupts this flow, stumbling recklessly to the beat of its own rhythmless hum while bumping into other cosmic bodies like a drunken ballerina.

                          Scientists believe rogue planets may have have been ejected from a previous planetary system or have never been gravitationally bound to another body such as a star. Furthermore, our galaxy (aka the Milky Way) alone may have billions of them.

                          Interestingly, some rogue planets feature a molten core, which combined with an insulated, cold exterior, could possess subterranean oceans that support life. A team of petrologists from Rice University recently theorized that a rogue planet the size of Mars possibly collided with earth 4.4 billion years ago, and could very well have planted the seeds of life while creating enough debris that later developed into our moon.

                          2. Space Junk


                          Ever since the start of the space race, man-made objects have been piling up in what has been politely termed “orbital debris.” But that’s being a little too kind. Let’s just call it what it really is: space junk. A wide range of discarded litter now includes thousands of metal fragments, cameras, spent rocket boosters, and even a complete 1958 U.S. satellite (Vanguard-1) that’s currently the oldest artificial hunk of metal still in orbit.

                          This overflowing galactic garbage, not unlike our polluted oceans, is rapidly nearing a critical juncture; the consequences could be detrimental for both astronauts and those below running for cover from the falling rubbish. There are currently over 1,700  satellites in operation, yet represents less than 10 percent of debris large enough to track from the ground. An obscene amount of smaller objects could also cause serious damage - and sadly, the number will only to continue to climb.

                          In just one single action from 2007, China destroyed a decommissioned weather satellite during one of its weapons tests, smashing the object into over 150,000 pieces. However, any attempts to clean up spiraling mess could present even more problems in terms of national security (surveillance equipment) and/or result in conflicts over territorial rights. In short, we’re doomed.

                          1. Zombie Stars


                          Just when you think we couldn’t be inundated any more movies, TV shows, and books about bloodsuckers and the undead, the science community has joined the fray with “Zombie Stars.”  Really? What’s next brainiacs, a Frankenplanet? Never mind.

                          As one might guess, a zombie star is something that won’t die. Ever. The monstrous explosion from a supernova typically glows brightly for a while before the dying star is obliterated into space dust. That is unless, for reasons that have yet to be determined, the star manages to avoid death. Adding to the horror show, the zombie star can become a vampire star by sucking fuel and energy from a nearby star to revive itself.

                          The most famous zombie (for scientists, anyway) is known as iPTF14hls. The star first appeared in 1954 and was thought to have died over a half century ago - but a discovery in 2014 revealed it’s still alive with no plans of retiring. According to the renowned astronomer, Iair Arcavi, a NASA Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the Las Cumbres Observatory, the star’s inexplicable behavior is the “the biggest puzzle I’ve encountered.”

                          Yikes. If he’s stumped, folks, all we can do is lock the doors to the space station and hope for the best.

                          Top image: Artist’s impression of dust formation around a supernova explosion. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser.

                          [Source: Toptenz. Top image added.]

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                          ccording to a Fuji Research Laboratory report, the Japanese smart home market is expected to top JP¥4.2 trillion (US$38 billion) in 2025, up 36.3 percent from 2017. The market is being driven by smart devices including smartphones, which already account for more than half the market and are continuing to grow due their ability to conveniently connect IoT devices.
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                          Investors are throwing more money into funds with a social mission, but do these funds belong in your retirement account? Emboldened by a surge in assets among so-called socially responsible mutual funds and pensions – now about $12 trillion – advocates for these investments say, emphatically yes. “There’s a growing awareness that ESG” – investment […]
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                          Typical American short-term memory, it is time to refresh the neurons with the some of the past indiscretions’ of the Barry Soetoro (A.K.A. Barack Hussein Obama II) Administration’s shortcomings. • Eric Holder, Obama’s attorney general, broke the law by deliberately sending guns to Mexican drug lords and ignoring a contempt of Congress charge with impunity. • Obama lied about Obamacare. • Obama turned the IRS and the FBI into political instruments used against honest ordinary citizens to advance Obama’s political ends. • Obama bribed the Iranian mullahs with billions in US cash. • Obama lied about EPA regulations and “shovel ready jobs”. Both were political kickback schemes. • The Clintons skimmed millions of dollars from the charity relief efforts after the earthquake in Haiti. • The Clintons ran a pay-to-do-business scheme through the US State Department. • Hillary Clinton used private email accounts and her own insecure computer server to keep her communications separate from government IT systems, that were hacked by enemy agents. • Bill Clinton promised the US Attorney General that she would be nominated for a seat on the US Supreme Court as long as Hillary Clinton was not prosecuted. The Obama administration has been marred by debt, scandals, foreign policy failures, and an overall fragmentation of this country. He has plunged the United States into an abyss of economic debt that will create generations of American servitude paying off his wayward spending endeavors. The Red, White and Blue’s epitaph will read like a litany of failures perpetrated on both the American people and the world by this president: #Scandals (Though both Obama and the MSM denied any occurred!): IRS targets Obama’s enemies Benghazi Spying on the AP The ATF “Fast and Furious” scheme Sebelius demands payment The Pig ford Agriculture Department Scandal The General Services Administration Las Vegas Spending Spree. Veterans Affairs in Disney World and neglecting vets Solyndra New Black Panthers Voter Intimidation The hacking of Sharyl Attkisson’s computer Obama’s LIES about the Affordable Care Act “I’ll Pass My Own Laws” NSA Spying on American People Foreign Policy Lack of solidarity with Israel Disaster with the Arab Spring Crimea Leaving Iraq too soon and letting ISIS take over Handling of Syrian Red Line Calling ISIS “JV” Failing to Recognize ISIS as a Radical (or Devout) Muslim Movement Returning the bust of Churchill to the Brits Lack of Confidence by NATO nations Signing a Disastrous Nuclear Deal with the Mullahs of Iran Paid $5 Billion & Released 5 Taliban Prisoners For Deserter Bergdahl Waging war by attacking Libya without Congressional approval Allowed the building of Chinese bases in the South China Sea and off the coast of Somalia at the entrance to the gulf of Aden Paying ransom to Iranian for hostages- and using foreign currency in unmarked plane Lying about paying ransom (which media ignored!) Pays tribute to Japanese at Hiroshima on US Memorial Day Obama trashed America 18 times on Asian Tour Pushing the U.N. resolution condemning Israel for legally building houses in Jewish neighborhoods Released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority in last few hours of presidency Downed US drone taken by Iran, reverse engineered, and sent into Israel. Obama could have destroyed the drone instead of selling the United States and allies out by asking for the drone- which obviously was never returned. Domestic Policy Failure to secure the Border Illegals bringing guns, drug and diseases through the southern border Bowe Bergdahl swap Passing on the keystone pipeline 9 Trillion dollars more in debt Vast expansion of government Racial Division at all-time high Inviting Bomb Boy Ahmed to White House Disrespect for Cops Failed economic stimulus plan Constant disregard for the Constitution and tyrannical rule China overtook America as world’s largest economy Double Downgrade Housing policies failed to stop foreclosures Price of healthcare has drastically risen for those purchasing it Education policies failed to curb college costs Highest percentage of Americans on Food Stamps and Medicaid Record 92,898,000 Americans over 16 years not working Lowest Labor Force participation rate of 62.7% Denying the notion of American Exceptionalism Securing the Olympics for Chicago in 2016 Naming numerous Communists/Socialists/Progressives to Czar Positions Mismanagement and cover up of Terrorist shootings in San Bernardino, California Mismanagement of Gulf Oil Spill Disastrous Vetting Process of “Immigrants” from Muslim Nations Refusing to Listen to CIA/FBI that there is no way to properly vet certain immigrants from Muslim nations Fort Hood Shooting Colorado EPA Disaster Veto of 911 Crime Bill- which was overturned Worst economic recovery since the depression with anemic GDP numbers Over 94 million Americans out of the workforce Obama commutes sentence on Chelsea Manning Obama commuted the sentence of FALN activist Oscar López Rivera
                                    Norway Wealth Fund’s move to cut EM debt may hit India, too      Comment   Translate Page      
                          Foreign funds have AUM of Rs 4.1 trillion ($59 billion) in the Indian debt market.
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                                    The other mayor running for president: A conversation with Wayne Messam      Comment   Translate Page      

                          Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam, who recently announced his candidacy for president of the United States. Mayor Messam happens to be from the same area I grew up in, the Glades area of Florida, on the Southeast shores of Lake Okeechobee. The Glades is a rural agricultural area, with a large African American and Latino population. Mayor Messam went on to star at Florida State University as a wide receiver, then established a successful construction business in Miramar, a city of 122,000 in Broward County, Florida. Below is my conversation with Mayor Messam, which has been edited for clarity.  

                          MAYOR WAYNE MESSAM: I'm on, how is everyone?

                          ARMANDO: I’m very good. Mr. Mayor. My name is Armando Llorens. I'm a contributing editor at Daily Kos, but more importantly I also am from The Glades and I'm very excited to talk to you about your run.

                          MESSAM: Oh, wow. Which Muck City are you from?

                          ARMANDO: Pahokee.

                          MESSAM: Oh, wow Pahokee. I was born in the hospital there.

                          ARMANDO: Thank you for indulging my walk back down memory lane. Mr. Mayor. Congratulations on the launch of your campaign. I’d like to start with this question. I read about your college debt forgiveness plan. It's very impressive. I have a question, though. And I don't know if that has been fleshed out in the details of your plan. Your plan takes care of what's happened in the past. How do we look to control college debt and cost for students and families of students going forward? Do you have ideas on how to address that?

                          MESSAM: Well, obviously, you know, once we forgive all of the debt it actually will serve as a stimulus in our package and we can get the actual plan emailed out to you specifically, but obviously we have to address the high cost of higher education for today’s borrowers. We have to support our public institutions as well as other vocational institutions, as they’ve done in California. We are promoting programs that would make state colleges and community colleges and vocational schools tuition-free. It will follow those individuals that are looking for career opportunities through that path to help reduce the cost, but we have to ensure that we lower the cost for higher education. But when you think about the plan, the plan is really to eliminate the $1.5 trillion [in student debt.]. And once we do that, on average that will save about $400 a month in actual debt payments that could be used for other things—whether it's to invest in a business, to invest in retirement, to buy real estate—economic activity that will help drive the economy.


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