Fed minutes Another rate hike likely soon

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgWASHINGTON – Federal Reserve officials earlier this month suggested that another rate hike was on the way soon, while also noting several risks facing the economy, ranging from rising wage pressures to potential harm from the Trump administration’s trade policies.The minutes of the Fed’s May 1-2 meeting released Wednesday showed that officials were generally upbeat about the prospects for the economy and said that the next rate hike would “likely soon be appropriate.” Many economists expect that hike to happen at the next meeting in mid-June.Officials expressed optimism about prospects for growth and further employment gains this year. But they also talked about “a number of risks and uncertainties,” including fallout from the administration’s get-tough trade policies, the minutes showed.The Fed left its key policy rate unchanged at the May meeting. The Fed last raised rates in March. At that meeting, officials indicated they expected to raise rates a total of three times this year, matching the number of rate hikes in 2017.Some economists have begun to forecast that the Fed will end up raising rates a total of four times this year. These analysts believe that faster economic growth — fueled by $1.5 trillion in tax cuts approved by Congress in December — and steadily falling unemployment will put upward pressure on inflation.But other analysts viewed the minutes as striking a more balanced tone about how many rate hikes will be needed this year. They suggest that, even with a rate hike in June, the Fed may be content with only three for the entire year.“Nothing in the minutes suggests that anything other than the gradual pace of policy tightening will continue,” said Ellen Zentner, chief economist at Morgan Stanley.The Fed noted that inflation, by its preferred gauge, had in March finally hit the central bank’s goal of annual increases of 2 per cent, the minutes showed. The minutes called this a “symmetric target,” the phrase officials have been using to indicate that they would be comfortable letting inflation run above that 2 per cent level for a time, given the number of years the Fed has failed to achieve its target.The minutes noted that business contacts in a number of Fed districts were expressing “concern about the possible adverse effects of tariffs and trade restrictions.” The worries included a possible postponement of capital spending plans by companies concerned about how a trade war might affect their businesses.The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and has also threatened to impose tariffs on up to $150 billion in Chinese products. Beijing has threatened to retaliate with tariffs on U.S. goods, including farm products such as soybeans.President Donald Trump has sought to stake out a tougher approach on trade in an effort to achieve his goal of dramatically shrinking America’s huge trade deficits, which he has blamed for the loss of millions of U.S. factory jobs.“It was noted that the potential for higher Chinese tariffs on key agriculture products could, in the longer run, hurt U.S. competitiveness,” the minutes said.The minutes were released with the usual three-week delay. The next meeting will take place on June 12-13.last_img read more


Laughable allegations, ‘jumlas’ raining this election season, says Ahmed Patel

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Friday hit out at the Modi government over the Enforcement Directorate charge sheet in the controversial Agusta Westland chopper case and said “baseless and laughable” allegations and “jumlas” are raining this election season.Taking to Twitter, Patel, without directly referring to any charges against him, said he has full faith in the judiciary and the truth shall prevail. “A thief sees a thief in everyone,” he said in an apparent swipe at the prime minister. The Rajya Sabha MP said it seems the probe agency has become an “important part” of the NDA alliance. The ED, in the supplementary charge sheet filed before a court on Thursday, said Christian Michel, the alleged middleman arrested in the case, has identified the initials “AP”, mentioned in a “budget sheet”, as Ahmed Patel. The budget sheet contains the details of payments made to various people, including politicians, in connection with the deal. The identity of the said Ahmed Patel is not clear. On Friday, a day after the ED filed the charge sheet, the Congress leader said “such antics” would not work as the public is demanding answers to unemployment, farm distress and sagging economy. And, he said, these issues reflected the “defeat of Modi government”. “In this election season, it is pouring ‘jumlas’ (rhetoric). Baseless and laughable charges are raining. “We have full faith in the judiciary and the truth can never be hidden and shall prevail. It looks like that the ED has become an important part of the NDA,” he said in a tweet in Hindi. “The chowkidar and his cronies have targeted the wrong place without evidence. The ‘dalals’ (middlemen) of Noteban and Rafale cannot escape now. The people will teach them a lesson. But, you must have heard the saying that a thief sees a thief in everyone,” Patel also said. Patel, who hails from Gujarat, has been former Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s political adviser and is currently the Congress treasurer. Meanwhile, journalist Shekhar Gupta whose name also features in the chargesheet called it “laughable and utterly preposterous”. “The claim in the Enforcement Directorate chargesheet against Christian Michel, a key suspect in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal scam, that Michel had admitted to hiring the services of a person named Guy Douglas to influence Shekhar Gupta to tone down an article in The Indian Express, is 100% untruth,” he said. “The truth is the exact opposite. The Indian Express, under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta, broke the story first, was at the forefront of the media investigation into the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal scam and was widely commended for its coverage,” he added. “The timing of the lie by an alleged middleman, extradited into the custody of government agencies as an eventual outcome of the media investigation, raises deep suspicions about its motive.” Another journalist named in the chargesheet, Manu Pubby said his reports between 2012-’14 are the “backbone of the CBI/ED chargesheet in the Agusta case”. The Enforcement Directorate in its chargesheet mentioned that Michel said Pubby “toned down” his articles on the case. With Agenciy inputslast_img read more


‘London, Dublin bid to restore N Ireland govt’

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgBelfast: London and Dublin were set to announce a fresh attempt to revive Northern Ireland’s power-sharing devolved administration, reports said Friday, following the killing of a journalist by nationalist paramilitaries. Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, has been without its semi-autonomous government since January 2017 following a breakdown in trust between the main parties. In a rare joint statement, politicians from Northern Ireland’s six biggest parties united to condemn the killing of 29-year-old Lyra McKee, shot dead on April 18 while reporting on riots in the second city of Londonderry. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHer death has triggered a renewed attempt to mend the fences between the main parties representing the British unionist and Irish nationalist communities. The New IRA (Irish Republican Army) paramilitary splinter group, which violently opposes the peace process in Northern Ireland, admitted responsibility for McKee’s killing, saying she was unintentionally shot as they attacked “enemy” police officers. At her funeral on Wednesday, Father Martin Magill commended Northern Ireland’s political leaders for joining together at her funeral, but asked, to a standing ovation: “Why in God’s name does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman with her whole life in front of her to get us to this point?'” It is expected that the talks could take place following the May 2 local elections in Northern Ireland. Britain’s N Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney are expected to hold a press conference later on Friday in Belfast. The two largest parties, the pro-British Democratic Unionists and Irish republican Sinn Fein, are at loggerheads over several issues.last_img read more


An American Will Play For The World Chess Championship

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

For the first time since Bobby Fischer captivated the country, a U.S. grandmaster has a shot at becoming the undisputed world chess champion.1In 1996, American Gata Kamsky played in the finals of the FIDE world championship (and lost), but the world championship was divided because Garry Kasparov, the world’s strongest player, had split from FIDE and played in championships under the banner of the Professional Chess Association. Fabiano Caruana, the current world No. 3 and the top American chess grandmaster, won the right today to play for the game’s most coveted prize. He’ll face the reigning world champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, in a 12-game, one-on-one match in London in November. It won’t be easy. Carlsen, the current world No. 1, has been champion since 2013 and became a grandmaster when he was 13 years old. He most recently defended his title in 2016 in New York City.Caruana earned his challenge bid by winning the Candidates Tournament, a 14-game tournament featuring eight of the world’s top players, held over the past three weeks in Berlin. For much of the Candidates, Caruana seemed like he might cruise to a relatively painless victory. He notched some early victories and fended off other top rivals with exacting draws. But he stumbled in Game 12, losing to the Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin in 48 moves. That created a formidable and complex thicket at the top of the standings — going into the tournament’s final day, four of the eight grandmasters had a chance to win. But in the 14th and final game, held today, Caruana fought Alexander Grischuk of Russia for 69 moves and over six hours, winning the game and securing the tournament.Caruana has been to the world championships before — but only as a spectator. While Carlsen was winning his championship in New York in 2016, Caruana could be found playing speed chess amid throngs of onlookers at a New York chess club. He told me at the time that he was staying up late at night analyzing the championship games. Now he’ll have a chance to put his analysis to use.It’s been a long road to the championship for Caruana. His family moved to Brooklyn from Miami when he was 4 years old, and he began playing chess at age 5 at a synagogue’s after-school program. Within a few months, he was playing in tournaments around the city. Fischer, whose own family moved to Brooklyn when he was young, learned the game 50 years earlier in an apartment about a mile away from the synagogue.Despite these roots in the U.S., Caruana is one of a couple super-strong players who have transferred to the American team from other countries’ teams. Caruana had been a member of the Italian team, having moved to Europe to take advantage of its strong coaches and tournaments. He rejoined the American team in 2015.But there’s still one steep hill to climb. Caruana and Carlsen have played 31 times before in the lengthy sort of games that will be played at the world championship, according to Chessgames.com, a website that collects top players’ games. Carlsen leads their series 9 wins to 5, and there have been 17 draws. A simple simulation of the match2I simulated 100,000 instances of the championship match and its potential tie-breakers, using the players’ live ratings from 2700chess.com and assuming a draw rate of 30 percent, similar to what I’ve done before previous world championships. using the players’ current Elo ratings puts Caruana’s chances of upending Carlsen’s reign — and claiming the first American title since Fischer — at about 30 percent. read more


Gennaro Gattuso looking to the future with Milan

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgThe current Rossoneri manager Gattuso is now preparing his squad for next season after another disappointing year for the club last term.Gattuso was speaking at AC Milan’s first press conference ahead of the new Serie A season in August and he addressed a number of issues surrounding his underachieving side. ? Gattuso & Mirabelli LIVE! ? Follow our first press conference of the season from Milanello ?? https://t.co/quwGy0A1Ut Segui su Facebook la prima conferenza stampa della stagione 2018/19 ?? https://t.co/cl3QZUqahv#TheDevilsareBack ? pic.twitter.com/OZyhNVaYsT— AC Milan (@acmilan) July 9, 2018“We’ve talked about football and prepared training in that time. That’s how anxieties pass.” the former Rangers midfielder said, as reported by Football Italia.“We must look to the future, we’ve not changed much, but I’m sure some more players will come in.”“We must start again with great enthusiasm and belief in everything we do. We’ll put excuses and problems to one side.”“I feel the pressure but I like it, it doesn’t scare me: I’m the first Milan fan, as well as being the Coach, but I know that alone I can do very little.”Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.AC Milan finished 6th in the league last year and suffered a quarter-final exit in the Europa League at the hands of Premier League giants Arsenal.Gattuso went on to talk about what is needed tactically and in the transfer market to strengthen the team over the summer.“Right now, we have to honour this club and give everything to make it work better.” he continued.“We need a winger, a mezz’ala with the same characteristics as Kessie and a centre-forward. To date, no-one has asked to leave.”“Halilovic the winger we were looking for? I can also see him in the middle. We’re working on it…”“We’re preparing with Europe in our minds: until July 19, when CAS makes a decision, we must think about playing the Europa League.”“New tactical solutions? We’ll start again with 4-3-3. The three in midfield will be certain, but I’m working on something new, maybe during a game: [you can] expect to see a back three.”last_img read more


We did not deserve to lose against Napoli – Genoa Coach

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgGenoa head coach Ivan Juric is insisting that his side did not deserve to lose the match against Napoli, adding that It really hurts to lose with an own goal at the end.During the match, Ivorian star Christian Kouame had put the hosts up front with a header on Romulo’s cross, however, the play came to a standstill at the 13 minutes as a result of a waterlogged pitch.But when the game resumed, Fabian Ruiz equalised as well as Mario Rui’s free-kick got deflected by Davide Biraschi.“We did not deserve to lose, as we gave everything we had,” Juric told DAZN after the 2-1 result, according to Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“It’s so disappointing to suffer another defeat after playing really well, just like we did against Milan. Victories give confidence, so even if the performances have been positive, we are left deflated.”“It really hurts to lose with an own goal at the end. We had prepared to hurt Napoli on the counter-attack and we did well until the equaliser, then became more inconsistent.”“Obviously, you’re never going to dominate a game with Napoli, but the team is improving.”last_img read more


Grand Bahama Should Get Heavy Rain But Not Direct Hit from TS

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 31, 2017 – Grand Bahama – The development of Tropical Storm Emily is expected to bring lots of rain to Grand Bahama, but the island should not expect to get a direct hit, said Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson, during a press briefing on Monday.The disturbance off the coast of Florida, developed into a tropical storm on Monday morning, and the briefing was held to assure residents that not only is the Office of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama monitoring the situation, but so are the Met Office in Grand Bahama and NEMA.“We also want to encourage residents to also to continue to monitor the storm, we want them to stay in touch with local media, we also want them to take all necessary precautions to ensure that they are safe, their houses and businesses are safe as well.”Minister Thompson noted that there are people whose homes are still in disrepair as a result of Hurricane Matthew in October last year, and added, “as we go through the continued process of repairing those persons’ houses, we want them to be assured that should the need arise, we’ve already put officials on alert that there is at least a shelter which will be made available for those persons who may not be able to stay at their houses.”Residents are asked to listen to their local radio station which will inform them if the shelter is opened.Kirk James from the Met Office  said that as of the location of Tropical Storm Emily issued at noon, it was located about 35 miles WSW of Tampa, Florida moving E at 9 mph. Maximum sustained winds were near 45 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength was expected before landfall the afternoon.Emily, he said, was expected to be downgraded to a depression tonight and traverse Central Florida, end up on the East Florida Coast and head out into the Atlantic on Tuesday. The storm was just under 300 miles NW of Grand Bahama early Monday morning, and the latest position brought the storm to about 268 miles away.“There is no real concern for us, other than what the Minister already mentioned with rainfall potential. ” He continued, “We are simply concerned for the public to be aware of the heavy rainfall and we do have a hazardous or adverse warning for the public alert.”He explained that the warnings are issued from New Providence and there are special warnings in the forecast, but in the special warnings of the forecast, residents will see adverse weather threats will include: strong to severe thunder storms, locally heavy rainfall, and flooding. The National Hurricane Centre predicts 3/4 inch of rain in Grand Bahama, a low-lying flat island that has the potential to flood.Tammi Mitchell of NEMA said, “With reference to Tropical Storm Emily, as everybody has been stating, we want to remind the public to be very vigilant in your hurricane preparations. Although we’re expecting a lot of rain, we want to remind you that by now, you should have already completed all of your preparations for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.“We are also mindful of the fact that there are a number of homes, particularly throughout the island of Grand Bahama, that are still undergoing repairs. While we do sympathize with you, we want to make sure that you try your best to protect what it is that you have at this time. Meaning, try to find ways to secure your home a little better, and if you have to leave your home, try to seek shelter with a family member or friend where you are out of harm’s way, and you can possibly return after the storm has passed.”Ms. Mitchell added that they will also be monitoring a number of vulnerable areas, namely the Fishing Hole Road, for flooding. The Public Hospitals Authority will also be notified to see that their medical team is going to be stationed in the west, and will mobilize them to the western side of the island if necessary.Parliamentary Secretary of Information and Communication in the Office of the Prime Minister and MP for West Grand Bahama and Bimini, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe made a special appeal to those in West Grand Bahama. Those residents were severely impacted by Hurricane Matthew and “as we approach the month of October, we realize that there are many homes that still remain in disrepair. With that being said, we want to recommit our efforts to ensuring that each and every home owner is back in their homes. There is a process that we are currently undergoing, and we want to remind all of our residents that we hear your concerns, we know what those realities are and we are working feverishly to ensure that you remain and get back into your homes.“We are calling on neighbours and family members of those who may be experiencing any difficulties with their home, who is really threatened by the severe weather. If you are aware of anyone who is next to you, who may need assistance, to please reach out as a neighbour, and ensure that they receive that assistance.”TROPICAL STORM EMILY -Met office official, Kirk James, is seen on Monday during a press briefing, explaining the effects of Tropical Storm Emily. (BIS Photo/Simon Lewis)PRESS BRIEFING – With severe weather affecting Grand Bahama imminent, Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson, hosted a press briefing to inform residents of what systems are and will be in place to ensure their safety. Shown from left are: Tammi Mitchell, NEMA; Pakesia Parker Edgecombe, Parliamentary Secretary of Information and Communication in the Office of the Prime Minister and MP for West Grand Bahama and Bimini; Minister Thompson; Harcourt Brown, Senior Under Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister for Grand Bahama; and Kirk James, Met Office. (BIS Photo/Simon Lewis) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


Ince Mourinho isnt the only one responsible for United downfall

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_imgThe Red Devils are currently in 6th place of the Premier League, 19 points away from league leaders Liverpool.Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince said Jose Mourinho is not the only one to blame for Manchester United’s recent shortcomings. Ince, 51, said the current executive vice-chairman of Manchester United Ed Woodward, 47, is also responsible.“Mourinho is the one who fronts it because he is the football manager but Ed Woodward is the one in the stands,” Ince told Goal.“He is not a football man, he is a businessman. The club is the richest in the world from a business point of view, we understand that. But when Mourinho says at the start of the season that we need two center-halves and he can’t get them, then someone has got to take the can. It can’t always be Mourinho.“I presume Mourinho would have had a list saying that these are the six or seven players that I want to play for Man United to compete against the other boys.“They didn’t get them. When they didn’t get them and the results don’t go well, as much as you point at Mourinho, you have to also point at Ed Woodward because he didn’t get the players he wanted. Klopp got the players he wanted.“Why is [Virgil] Van Dijk going to Liverpool and not Man United? If you ask me now which Man United player would get into the Liverpool team? Only the goalkeeper. That’s where we are now. At the moment he is the only one who would get into the Liverpool team.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“When you look at some of the players that the other clubs have got, why didn’t United get those players? Fred doesn’t even play. Sanchez doesn’t want to be here and wanted to go to City first. Pogba doesn’t play. Players who were bought for £80m-£50m don’t even play. You are right in questioning the recruitment because recruitment is the most important thing in football.”LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 16: Paul Pogba of Manchester United looks on when warming up prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Asked why Manchester United’s signings keep failing, Ince said they lack mental strength.“I think the players he is bringing in can’t deal with the pressure to put on a Man United shirt and you are seeing it in the performances. [Anthony] Martial is a prime example,” he added.“For me, he is the most talented player in United’s squad but he can’t deal with the pressure, week-in, week out. When you are playing for Man United, you have to do it every week. You can’t be four out of 10. You have to be seven or eight out of 10 every week. That’s in games and in training.“It has changed and you feel because these players have come in, can they deal with all this and with the rivals winning week in, week out. You’ve got to look at whether they have the desire and toughness to deal with that pressure. Not all of them, but a lot of them haven’t.“Look at Kevin De Bruyne, he has every attribute you want in a player. His work-rate, talent, decision making. Nine times out of 10, he makes the right decision, you don’t see that for any outfield player at United. Not one. I don’t see it. I don’t see anyone and the proof is in the pudding.”last_img read more


Know the difference between SEM and SEO

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgKeyword bids? Paid search? Semantic URLs? Terms associated with search engine marketing and search engine optimization tend to get tossed around in the publishing world. But SEM and SEO are important tools, helping publishers promote their Web sites through increased visibility in search engine results pages. While some consider SEO and SEM interchangeable terms, SEO is really the first step in search engine marketing, allowing for broad-reaching (usually free) Web site promotion. SEM not only includes SEO tactics but methods for immediately increasing a site’s traffic and visibility through paid inclusion (paid addition of a site to a search engine), paid advertising, and pay-per-click (text-only ads controlled by the advertiser).“I think in the last couple of years, companies were working through the first generation of tactics, but now with more of a track record and advanced analytics that show where traffic is going, they can better target their efforts and look at the business model and ROI of their SEO and SEM activities,” says Dan Weiner, managing director at Red Bricks Media New York, a search and performance marketing agency working with major publishers.Relaunch for SuccessWomen’s business magazine Pink plans to relaunch its site in early December. With this relaunch comes a redesign, which Pink’s digital agency, 360i, will rely on to bolster the magazine’s online prominence through SEO. Pinkmagazine.com’s homegrown CMS is optimized for search, says James Yancey, 360i Atlanta’s managing director, with content indexed more regularly than on other sites. “All of the URL structures on the site are clean,” he says. These “clean,” or semantic, URLs identify a piece of content by its key word and title, instead of just as a series of numbers and letters that normally appear. “While it may look more simplistic in structure, this is actually very technical,” Yancey says. Implementing semantic URLs at relaunch will make it easier for search engines to find content categorically through Pink’s CMS.Multiple Titles, One Domain Next year, Incisive Media plans to redesign its b-to-b vertical markets—legal, commercial real estate and interactive marketing—according to vice president of digital media Alex Kam.Incisive’s URLs, while not semantic like Pink’s, have the additional issue of a single domain structure with multiple titles (New York Law Journal, Legal Times) under the category of law.com. Kam says Incisive is looking to promote individual brands and use semantic URLs to reinforce brand value and user recall. “Using law.com as our legal domain has complicated our ability to build our online brands and hampered our search engine rankings,” he adds. “A smarter URL strategy will create visibility on the search engines, which will generate more user clicks, and therefore more page views.”As far as page navigation is concerned, Weiner says, “Rather than thinking only about navigation from their site’s front page, publishers have to realize that more than 50 percent of readers may be jumping from a Google search box directly into a section deep within the site.” This calls for smart page design—appropriate headers, titles, branding and cross-links on each page, with calls to action made visible, even on deep pages—enabling every page to act as a “home” page.Makes Images “Findable”Many publishers pride themselves on their images and photography, but Google can only read images in html. “Pink has a lot of text images on its site but search engines can’t read them,” says Pink Web editor Taylor Mallory. “Our new site will have images in html format, making them more easily found by search engines.” Monetize PlatformsPink’s offline platforms have a direct effect on page views. “When we do media stuff—TV, radio and events across the country—we see [traffic] really spike,” says founding editor Cynthia Good. Weiner cites two practices for linking offline platforms to your site: 1. Target keywords and ad copy allowing it to “capture” searches driven from those channels; 2. Implement tracking and analytics to measure cross-channel lift. Without this, the  impact may be mixed with other activity and hard to assess.Conde Nast, Hearst and Time leverage search campaigns for subscriptions and traffic to align with ad sales, monetize pages with high CPMs, and drive incremental volume to key programs. Consumer Engagement“While subscription programs drive the purchase of a physical product, many online consumers are looking for content in that same online channel,” Weiner says of publishers that began with subscription programs, but are now expanding to drive traffic to specific content areas. More targeted keywords, like “dating advice,” drive consumers to relevant areas of the site, whereas brand terms like magazine titles work better for subscription acquisitions. Some larger publishers have expanded from paid search to support subscriber acquisitions (to include customer engagement and traffic), and augmented natural search SEO efforts.Kam’s goal is to increase Incisive’s traffic at least 10 percent by 2010. “The more people that come, the more money we make and the more we can invest in search.”last_img read more


Town Looking To Add A Case Worker To Assist Its Veterans  Seniors

Posted On Sep 11 2019 by

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — During his Annual Budget Presentation earlier this week, Town Manager Jeff Hull announced his intention to add a full-time case worker position to be shared between the Wilmington Veterans Department and Wilmington Elderly Services Department.“The Veterans Services and Elderly Services Departments have expressed concern about their ability to meet the demands of their clients for timely service and follow-up,” said Town Manager Jeff Hull in his annual budget message. “In many instances, both departments are responding to the same constituency — seniors are who veterans.”Hull stressed that both departments are being confronted with growing workloads. The Veterans Department is currently managing more than 400 active cases, involving a variety of claims at both the state and federal levels. The Elderly Services Department, meanwhile, is seeing the senior population in town boom — a 27.9% increase (4,045 to 5,176) between 2010 and 2017 — with the trend projected to continue. As a result, the Department, which currently only has one case manager on staff, has seen its request for case management rise dramatically.“The new case worker will split their time between both departments in making home visits to seniors and Veterans and conducting follow-up visits or calls to ensure that residents are obtaining their medications, attending doctor’s appointments, and identifying other assistance that may be available,” explained Hull. “The case worker will assist by working with residents to complete documentation to obtain benefits such as fuel assistance, food through the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP), financial assistance and medical coverage.”This full-time position would cost $43,898.The Town Manager and Veterans Director will discuss the proposal with the Finance Committee on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7pm at Wilmington Town Hall.Voters will ultimately have the final say over the Fiscal Year 2020 budget at the Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10:30am in the Wilmington High School Auditorium.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Public Buildings Dept. Outlines Projects This Summer, Including School ImprovementsIn “Government”Town To Launch New Substance Abuse Prevention & Support Programs, Commits $80KIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center, Palmer Park, WHS Gym Floor At September 9 MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more


5G rollout may face delay in UK over Huawei probe

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img Share your voice 5G Huawei The UK deployment of wireless 5G services may be delayed if it places restrictions on embattled Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, a government official warned Wednesday.”There’s certainly a possibility of a delay in the process of the rollout of 5G,” Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said in response to questions during a parliamentary committee, according to a Bloomberg account of the meeting. “If you want to do 5G fastest, you do it without any consideration of security. We’re not prepared to do that, so I don’t exclude the possibility there will be some delay.”Huawei has been a front-runner for developing 5G infrastructure at this crucial early stage of the evolution of the technology. But the company comes with a security warning — including from the British government. British Prime Minister Theresa May has reportedly agreed to let the scandal-scarred Chinese telecommunications giant work on “noncore” parts of the infrastructure. In February, the GCHQ’s chief criticized Huawei over security threats it poses from the Chinese government. The US has continually warned its allies about security concerns with Huawei, and the company was banned for 5G by the Australian government last August. The concerns involve potential Chinese government interference with 5G infrastructure built by Huawei.5G has long been touted as a game-changing technology, with the ability to dramatically boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection today. It’s quicker than anything you can get from a physical fiber-optic cable going into your house. And latency, that is, stuttering or delay in the signal, is lower than what Wi-Fi provides.After years of work on 5G networks, the super-fast wireless technology is being rolled out across the globe. Carriers are turning on their networks, and virtually every major Android phone maker has touted plans to launch a 5G device this year. 1 Tags Comment Mobile Phoneslast_img read more


Political Roundup Muellers First Public Remarks On The Russia Investigation And Bidens

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_imgFrom Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s first public remarks after the conclusion of his investigation, to presidential candidate Joe Biden’s visit to Houston, to the end of the 86th Texas legislative session, the Houston Matters experts discuss the latest political developments.In the audio above, host Craig Cohen gets insights on those and other stories from Elizabeth Simas, associate professor of political science at the University of Houston, and Jon Taylor, political science professor at the University of St. Thomas. 00:00 /20:55 X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more


Mens Tennis Set for Weekend Matches

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s tennis team returns to the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center on Friday at 3 p.m. for a matchup against Georgia State. Just two days later, the Cardinals will head to Hanover, N.H. to play Dartmouth on Sunday morning at 11 a.m.   Georgia State Series Record: The Cardinals lead 5-0.Last Meeting: February 11, 2018 – Louisville won 4-0 in Atlanta, Ga.Scouting the Panthers: Georgia State (2-1) enters Friday’s matchup fresh off two wins over New Orleans and South Florida at the LSU Jerry Simmons Invitational. Bailey Showers and Andre Duarte lead the Panthers with 2-0 records at No. 4 and No. 5 respectively. In doubles, Diego Padilha and Showers hold a 1-0 record at the three-spot. Up Next The Cardinals will travel to Eugene, Ore. for a matchup against the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. EST. Print Friendly Version In the ITA national standings, the Cardinals are led by senior Brandon Lancaster with the No. 104 singles ranking. In doubles, Lancaster pairs with fellow senior George Hedley for the No. 34 doubles ranking. About Louisville Men’s Tennis The Cardinals (4-2) went 1-1 at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in their last outing, falling 4-0 to Florida Atlantic, but bouncing back with a 4-1 win against William & Mary in the consolation match. Story Links “We are excited about hosting Georgia State who had a proud tennis program that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2017,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “They will bring out the best in us. Then on Sunday against Ivy League power Dartmouth who spent some of last season in the top 15 in the country. It will be a big test for us especially our freshmen on the road.” Dartmouth Series Record: Dartmouth leads 1-0.Last Meeting: February 4, 2018 – Dartmouth won 4-1 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.Scouting the Big Green: Dartmouth (3-1) has posted wins over Indiana, Bryant, Kentucky, but fell to then-ranked No. 14 Columbia 4-1 in the ITA Kickoff Weekend championship match. Charlie Broom holds the No. 27 singles ranking and boasts a 10-4 record so far this season. In doubles, Dan Martin and John Speicher received the No. 52 ranking following fall play. In dual match action, Broom and David Horneffer are 2-1 at the one-spot. Against William & Mary, Louisville captured the doubles point with victories at No. 1 and No. 2. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and Fabien Salle posted a 6-2 win over Oren Vasser and Brenden Volk at the one-spot, while Brandon Lancaster and Alex Wesbrooks clinched the point for the Cards. In singles, Morin-Kougoucheff, Salle, Federico Gomez and David Mizrahi each picked up wins to secure the 4-1 victory.last_img read more


DNA study on mummies suggests climate instability drove ancient Peruvians to migrate

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_img More information: Climate change underlies global demographic, genetic, and cultural transitions in pre-Columbian southern Peru, Lars Fehren-Schmitz, PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1403466111AbstractSeveral archaeological studies in the Central Andes have pointed at the temporal coincidence of climatic fluctuations (both long- and short-term) and episodes of cultural transition and changes of socioeconomic structures throughout the pre-Columbian period. Although most scholars explain the connection between environmental and cultural changes by the impact of climatic alterations on the capacities of the ecosystems inhabited by pre-Columbian cultures, direct evidence for assumed demographic consequences is missing so far. In this study, we address directly the impact of climatic changes on the spatial population dynamics of the Central Andes. We use a large dataset of pre-Columbian mitochondrial DNA sequences from the northern Rio Grande de Nasca drainage (RGND) in southern Peru, dating from ∼840 BC to 1450 AD. Alternative demographic scenarios are tested using Bayesian serial coalescent simulations in an approximate Bayesian computational framework. Our results indicate migrations from the lower coastal valleys of southern Peru into the Andean highlands coincident with increasing climate variability at the end of the Nasca culture at ∼640 AD. We also find support for a back-migration from the highlands to the coast coincident with droughts in the southeastern Andean highlands and improvement of climatic conditions on the coast after the decline of the Wari and Tiwanaku empires (∼1200 AD), leading to a genetic homogenization in the RGND and probably southern Peru as a whole. To gain a clearer understanding of early Nasca, Wari and Tiwanaku peoples living in various parts of what is now Peru, the researchers collected DNA samples from 207 mummies found in both coastal and mountainous parts of the region. Mitochondrial analysis and Bayesian modeling indicated that people that had been living near the coast began migrating to the mountains sometime around 640 BC. They also found evidence of a reverse migration as people from the mountains migrated towards the coast around 1200 AD.The researchers compared the DNA evidence with prior research on climatic conditions during the same period. They found that around roughly 640 BC, climate variability due to el Nino or el Nina would have made growing crops in coastal valleys challenging. Also, they found that the highlands areas experienced a long term drought that began around 1200 AD, which would have driven people back down to the coasts. Both climate events coincide with the DNA evidence.Prior to this research, the general consensus among historians has been that the migrations that occurred in the area at the time were most likely due to the expansion and eventual collapse of the Wari empire. Now it appears that it was instead driven by climactic change, forcing people to move to where conditions were favorable for growing their food. The researchers note that the change would likely have had to have been significant as the people in the ancient societies demonstrated anticipatory agricultural adaptations that allowed them to cope with both floods and drought. The team notes that migrating back and forth between the coast and the highlands also appears to have caused homogenization of the peoples from the two areas. (Phys.org) —An international team of researchers has concluded that migrations by pre-Columbian Andean societies were due to climatic changes, rather than growth in the Wari empire, as was previously suggested. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they conducted mitochondrial DNA analysis on mummies from the period combined with a Bayesian modeling approach to trace the migration activities of the people that lived in Peru between 840 BC and 1450 AD. Pikillaqta administrative center, built by the Wari civilization in Cusco. Credit: Wikipedia. CC BY-SA 3.0 © 2014 Phys.org Citation: DNA study on mummies suggests climate instability drove ancient Peruvians to migrate (2014, June 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-dna-mummies-climate-instability-drove.htmlcenter_img El Niño expected to benefit US agriculture Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


Budding talent

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgHave you ever noticed how a child smoothly uses colors to produce the figments of his imagination on the sheet of paper kept in front of him? He doesn’t think twice before turning anything into a canvas for his squiggling hands. Just let him free and his imagination knows no bounds with colors. But as they grow up – an artist is lost somewhere between science and mathematics.Touchtalent.com, an online community for art and creativity is organizing a week long online art exhibition from 14 – 20 November. The theme of the exhibition is to overlap with the Children’s day and aims to catch the artists young and raw and promote them on a global scale. The last date for submitting entries is 13 November. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Through this exhibition, children can showcase any artwork that they have worked on – whatever inspires them because the imagination of children cannot be bound by a single theme. Touchtalent.com has taken a unique initiative to celebrate the spirit of art and creativity in each child and help them grow as an artist and monetize their artwork. Touchtalent connect creative users in over 192 countries. It has thus far organized more than ten global online art exhibitions with each generating around a million page views. This exhibition is expected to touch 2 million of page views. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMohd Wassem, Managing Director, Touchtalent.com said, ‘In the last few years, I have been greatly humbled and touched by the amount of talent there is in children around the world. We ask all the parents to urge their kids to bring out the artist in them and not hold them back – and update their artwork for this one of a kind exhibition.’This is Children’s only exhibition. They can submit their entries by 13 November with the hash tag #Youngcreators on www.touchtalent.com. Every selected entry would be awarded a  certificate of appreciation.last_img read more


India Post to adorn Khadi uniforms

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first_imgAfter more than 160 years of establishment of postal services in India, the 90,000 employees (postmen and postwomen) in the country will be attiring the national fabric (Khadi) as their new uniform from February 2018 onwards. Amid much fervour and enthusiasm, Giriraj Singh, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Manoj Sinha, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Communications, jointly launched the Khadi uniform for the staff of India Post at a function in Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi on January 29. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIncidentally, it was also the first time that the Department of Posts in Uttarakhand, wholeheartedly accepted the proposal of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman, Vinai Kumar Saxena to adopt Khadi as the uniform of all of its postal employees in the Uttrakhand region in 2016, besides the orders for furniture made by the village industries units of KVIC. This initiative gained the appreciation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTaking inspiration from PM’s vision to adopt this fabric, Saxena left no stone unturned to contact several government departments and state governments. And now, the KVIC has found another taker as the Department of Posts, which had recently decided to make Khadi as the uniform for its letter-carriers.Taking attention of KVIC Chairman’s request letter about introducing Khadi dress material for the uniform in all the Post Offices across the country, A K Nanda, Secretary, Department of Posts (Ministry of Communication) said that all the postal circles have been informed about procurement of uniform through KVIC. “Department of Post will give Rs 5000 to each of its employee for purchasing two sets of uniforms in a year. The 90,000 postmen and postwomen would be given two sets of their new outfits,” said Nanda in a statement.The new Khadi uniforms for postmen and postwomen are specially designed by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) for the Department of Posts. “It is really encouraging for us that KVIC has got this prestigious order to supply the new uniforms for the postmen and postwomen in the country, with a value of the order of approximately Rs 48 crore. This order will certainly increase the income of our artisans,” Saxena said. “It will also catch the attention of other departments to adopt Khadi as their uniform,” he added.It may be noted that each postman/postwoman working for India Post gets an annual uniform allowance of Rs 5,000, and the same amount would be spent on making two sets of clothes to be given to each of them. While the women will be given two pairs of salwar kameez, designed with a chic look – costing Rs 1,700 a pair, the men will be given two pairs of shirts and trousers – each pair costing Rs 1,600. All the uniforms will be made of Khadi fabric and will carry khaki colour.last_img read more


Memories Splash reopening as Grand Memories Punta Cana Grand Memories Splash

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_img Posted by Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Tags: Grand Memories, Punta Cana, Royalton Luxury Resorts Share Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — After a two-month closure the D.R.’s Memories Splash Resort will re-open on Nov. 16 as two resorts: Grand Memories Punta Cana and Grand Memories Splash, with renovated rooms and new amenities.Grand Memories Punta Cana will cater to both couples and families. Dining options include Italian à la carte, as well as fresh seafood at ‘Under the Sea’. Grand Memories Punta Cana is also home to one of the Caribbean’s largest on-site water parks.Meanwhile guests of Grand Memories Splash will have the opportunity to upgrade to Diamond Club with its anticipatory service, exclusive à la carte restaurants, bar areas, and dedicated room locations.Grand Memories Splash is located closest to the waterpark and offers spacious family-friendly accommodations, including rooms with bunk beds.Antonio Herrera, Senior Director Business Development Hotels & Resorts, Blue Diamond Resorts, says the company is excited about the repositioning of Memories Splash. “This is an excellent opportunity to expand the Grand Memories brand to the Dominican Republic and to elevate this award-winning property’s all-inclusive experience.”More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthBoth Grand Memories Punta Cana and Grand Memories Splash are located a short walk away from Bavaro Beach.Guests of Grand Memories Punta Cana and Grand Memories Splash also get all-inclusive access to luxurious amenities at neighbouring resort, Royalton Punta Cana, including a Fitness Center, Royalton Fit classes and access to restaurants and bars including Grazie Italian Trattoria, Score Sports Bar & Lounge, XS Disco Bar, Sands Beach Bar and Martini Mix. Memories Splash reopening as Grand Memories Punta Cana, Grand Memories Splash << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


January 29 2018The community came together to use

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first_imgJanuary 29, 2018The community came together to use the foundry on a Saturday January 27th for a recreational bronze pour.Residents worked with volunteer foundry workers to prepare their individual projects into molds. They met several times before Saturday to discuss how to make each piece.After pouring the bronze and letting it cool, residents and foundry volunteers helped to break out the molds made of sand to reveal the personal projects.Here the residents are going through the foundry sand for smaller pieces while a tour visits the unique structure.After breaking out the bronze, the residual foundry sand is brushed off with a wire brush. Finally, the projects are removed from the excess bronze, and weighted to determine the amount each resident will pay for the bronze used.Above are incense holders made by resident Zeb Horn – check out his work at the Arcosanti Art show opening February 24th.(photos by Rebecca Weeks, text by Shannon Mackenzie)last_img read more


Telekom Slovenije has reported 11000 registration

Posted On Aug 7 2019 by

first_imgTelekom Slovenije has reported 11,000 registrations for its new TViN internet TV service in the first 20 days of operation, with over 40,000 visiting the SiOL.tv website.The Slovenian telco said that its free Android app had been downloaded 18,000 times. TViN allows SiOL subscribers to view over 50 channels online via PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Other Telekom Slovenije customers can access the Dkino online video store and access the SiOl TV schedule and video catalogue.last_img


Editors note Today were sharing part two of wh

Posted On Aug 4 2019 by

first_imgEditor’s note: Today, we’re sharing part two of what’s proven to be one of Casey Research founder Doug Casey’s most popular essays in recent years. (Make sure to read part one right here if you missed it.) Below, to wrap up our holiday series, Doug continues his discussion on the misuse of words…and why it’s adding to the corruption of civilization itself… Fair. That’s a great word. But everybody’s got a different idea of fair. Put a bunch of money on the table, and let’s divide it up. Well, what’s fair? I don’t know. But I guarantee everybody will have a different idea of what’s “fair.” So, let’s forget about the idea of fair, because nobody knows what that is. It’s a floating abstraction. I have a better idea. Whatever happened to justice? What is “just”? It means everybody gets what they deserve. Now, perhaps you can solve the problem. It’s a bit more specific, more focused, to find out what you deserve as opposed to what’s fair. Because, frankly, some people don’t deserve anything. Simply existing doesn’t necessarily give you a right to a piece of the pie—or even a right to vote on it. But nobody talks about justice today; they talk about fairness. And, of course, this corrupts the moral character of society. What about freedom of speech? You can forget about freedom of speech. One reason is because nobody knows what words mean anymore. You need words in order to speak. But if you don’t define and use words accurately, they mean nothing. Forget about all the non-PC words you’re not even allowed to think, much less use. Freedom of speech is a phrase now divorced from reality. It’s actually no longer very important, except, oddly enough, among the political classes, where it’s become very important in exactly the wrong way. Because freedom of speech, today, often means hate speech. I’m not an antagonistic person, and I like most other people, if they’re of good character. Here’s a shocker for you: I don’t see anything wrong with hate speech. Why? Because there are a lot of things in the world worth hating, because they’re evil and destructive. But, if you want to live in a civilized environment, you shouldn’t conflate so-called hate speech with bad taste. Most so-called hate speech is simply bad taste or stupidity. Outlawing hate speech is far worse than anything that can possibly be said. One good thing about hate speech is that it lets you discover something about the person speaking. If he can’t speak, you may not really know who you’re actually dealing with. Which can be dangerous. Well, of course, now that we have “hate speech,” that draws attention to “aggressive speech.” That’s another newly coined phrase. Be aware of neologisms, newly minted words that the average chimpanzee uses as if they’d been around since the day of Aristotle. One of them is microaggression. This one is really popular with so-called minorities at universities today. It can occur when somebody says something that—by really parsing it in the manner of a Talmudic scholar—might make a person feel uncomfortable. As a result, these weenies are demanding segregated “safe spaces.” It’s not just completely ridiculous. It’s actually psychotic. You should laugh off the concepts of microaggressions and safe spaces, revel in free speech, and recognize the difference between hate speech and bad taste speech. “And that’s a genuine fact.” Does anybody say that anymore? Another change in the language over the last generation is that nobody says fact anymore. Facts are now factoids. “Here’s a factoid.” Do you know what a factoid is? It’s an artificial fact, or something that looks like a fact but isn’t. What, for instance, is an asteroid? An asteroid is something that looks like a star but isn’t. What’s an android? An android is something that looks like a human but isn’t. That’s what the ending -oid means—something that resembles the object in question. So, a factoid is really a phony, made-up fact, a created fact. I never say “factoid” unless I mean something that somebody’s made up. It’s a BS fact. What they really mean to say, to be cute, is factette. A little fact. A trivial fact. But people now use factoid. They don’t even think about what the word means. But that’s true of so many words today… Like United States. Everybody likes the United States. Well, I’m not sure I do, because they so often conflate the United States with the U.S. government. Talking heads will say, “The U.S. did this. The U.S. should do that.” Wait a minute. Do they mean the nation-state that lies in between Canada and Mexico, or do they mean the U.S. government? They’re almost always talking about the U.S. government. So, they’re conflating the U.S. itself, a conglomeration of 300 million people, with the U.S. government. They’re two different things. The U.S. government has a life of its own. And it only really cares about the U.S. the way a flea cares about a dog. A flea needs the dog; it wants the dog to survive. But not because it cares about the dog itself. The prime directive of every living being, whether it’s an amoeba or a corporation or a government, is SURVIVE. That’s the prime directive; it comes before anything else. The U.S. government is an entity that has a life of its own. Its prime directive is looking out for number one. So, don’t conflate the U.S. and the U.S. government. If you mean the government, say it. If you mean the country, say, “…the U.S., and I don’t mean the U.S. government.” Unfortunately, it’s now necessary to be extremely clear. Otherwise, people will assume what they will… But it’s worse than that, because people now conflate the U.S. with America. They’re totally different things. America is a unique concept, and it was an excellent concept. Its values—what it stood for, at least in theory—were actually unique in the world’s history. But people conflate that with the U.S., which is now really just another one of the 200 nation-states that cover the face of the Earth like a skin disease. I’m all for the idea of America. It’s unique, it’s good, it’s wonderful. But the U.S. is just another nation-state, like Burundi, Burma, or Ecuador—there’s less and less practical difference. Be especially careful when you conflate the U.S. and America. Another good thing that people always confuse, conflate, and define improperly today is health care. “We need the state to pay for health care.” “I want to buy some health insurance.” No, you don’t. And, no, you can’t. What they mean to say is medical care. Health care is something you do for yourself. It’s diet, it’s exercise, it’s prudent habits. Those things increase your odds of having health. They’re how you maintain your health. Your insurance policy, whether it’s Obamacare or something else, can’t maintain your health. It only insures some costs of your medical care. — Recall the beginning of the movie Dances with Wolves, when they show the surgeon cutting off people’s limbs on a battlefield. That’s medical care, in effect, emergency damage control. It’s important and necessary, but medical care can’t maintain your health. That’s something you do. But people love to use the words health care; it sounds so wholesome. The political classes never say “medical care”; they always say “health care,” because everybody wants to be healthy, but people are scared by medical care. It means anesthesia, doctors cutting into you, and dread diseases. That’s why health insurance is so easy to sell to the average chimpanzee. It’s because he thinks to himself, “Yeah, health insurance. Sure, I want to insure that my health stays good.” He doesn’t want to think about medical care; that’s a scary scientific thing. So, please don’t say “health insurance” when you really mean “medical insurance.” I just mentioned the movie Dances with Wolves. That was partly about the so-called American Civil War. Well, no, it wasn’t a civil war, and you shouldn’t call it “the Civil War.” A civil war occurs when two or more groups use military violence in trying to take over the same government to control a designated area. That’s not what the so-called U.S. Civil War was about. It was actually a war of secession, where the Southern states were simply trying to secede. A war of secession is totally different from a civil war. The Spanish Civil War was a real civil war. There, the fascists and the communists were both trying to take control of the same real estate. What we had in the U.S. was not a civil war; it was a war of secession. So, call it the War Between the States. Some call it the War of Northern Aggression. Here’s another one: concentration camps. Who can tell me when concentration camps started, and who started them? No one? Most people would say, “Oh, it was those damn Nazis in World War II.” No, it wasn’t. It was the Brits, the wonderful Brits, our perpetual allies, in the Boer War in South Africa. The Afrikaners call it the British War for Gold. The British created the first concentration camps in modern history, incarcerating and intentionally starving scores of thousands of mostly women and children. But that’s kind of forgotten, since the victors always write the history. Or “herstory,” which, believe it or not, some “gender equality” types prefer to say. They believe everything should be politicized whenever possible. When I was in college, people used to joke, “We’ll never have concentration camps in the U.S.; we’ll call them something else.” And, by God, it was a joke in those days—but today, it’s actually true. We now call them detention facilities. Talking about war and concentration camps, do you all remember that until 1946, the U.S. government used to have something called the War Department? That’s what it was called. The U.S., technically speaking, didn’t go to war unless Congress declared war. But since World War II, it’s had nothing but undeclared wars. From Korea and Vietnam, which were pretty big wars, to all these little, but very expensive, sport wars we get into now. We don’t have a War Department anymore. That would be too honest. It’s called the Defense Department, but it doesn’t defend the U.S. Actually, it draws in trouble and danger to the U.S. They should call it the Opposite of Defense Department, because it’s actually the biggest single existential danger to the U.S. Entirely apart from the fact that, fiscally, it’s going to bankrupt the U.S. A generation from now—assuming they don’t start World War III, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Seventh Fleet rotting at the dock like an Argentine destroyer, or like the Soviet Navy 20 years ago. But in the meantime, don’t call it the Defense Department. It doesn’t defend anything. You may be thinking, “This guy doesn’t sound like a patriot.” Patriot. That’s a loaded word. “I’m a patriot, you’re a nationalist, he’s a jingoist.” I’m not sure I know the difference. Why is everybody supposed to be a patriot of the country that they’re born in? I don’t care if you come from Rwanda; you’re supposed to be a patriot. It’s a ridiculous concept. My country is the best one in the world, because I was born there. It’s an accident of birth. If you were born just five feet north of the Canadian border, now you’ve got to be a Canadian patriot. At what point does a patriot turn into a nationalist? And at what point does a nationalist turn into a jingoist? Patriot is a word to use very carefully. Be very, very careful of people that use it promiscuously, because they usually don’t know what it means, nor what its implications are. And they’re often warmongers. It’s similar to the axiom “I’m a freedom fighter, you’re a rebel, he’s a terrorist.” It’s mostly a point-of-view thing. But don’t dare broach the subject to a patriot. God forbid a nationalist or a jingoist should hear it. It’s funny how they call these ISIS people in the Middle East—horrible people, quite frankly—they call them terrorists. Well, I don’t know. They’ve established their own nation-state in exactly the way most nation-states are established. You know, by killing the people that were there before, taking over the government, and killing people that fight against them. They’re nasty. I don’t like them; I’d be one of the first people they’d put up against the wall. But that’s how most states get started. They’re just as legitimate as any other nation-state out there today. People say, “Well, they shouldn’t dismember Syria.” Well, Syria is not a real country. It’s a dozen different tribes that mostly hate each other. Iraq is not a real country, either. It’s at least three separate, distinct countries. Afghanistan, Pakistan, India—none of these is a real country, either. None of those countries in the stans is a real country. What do I mean by that? They have no real ethnic, tribal, religious, cultural, or linguistic homogeneity. None of the countries in Africa is a real country, either. It’s crazy to consider them countries. A real country is homogeneous. There are very few—places like Denmark and Finland—unless they’re overwhelmed with migrants. Most “countries” are actually domestic empires. Non-interventionism. There’s nothing wrong with non-interventionism. It’s a highly benign concept, but nobody says that. If you don’t want to stick your nose into somebody else’s business and kill the natives, then you’re called an isolationist. “These are the good natives; those are the bad natives.” I can’t tell the difference, and I promise you, the morons in Washington can’t, either. Conflating the pejorative word isolationist with the benign non-interventionist typifies the intellectual dishonesty that’s accepted—and rarely challenged—today. Actually, what have I been talking about this whole speech? I’ve been talking about stupidity. So, why don’t we define the word stupidity? It’s usually taken to mean a low IQ. But that’s not a very helpful definition. It’s rather circular. More accurately, stupidity is the ability to see the immediate and direct consequences of an action, but an inability to see the indirect and delayed consequences. That’s a much more useful definition of stupidity. But I’ll give you an even better one. It’s an unwitting tendency toward self-destruction. And so, when I use the word stupidity in reference to the misuse of words and the conflation of concepts, it’s appropriate. These things are not trivial factors in the degradation of Western Civilization. And we’ve only scratched the surface of the problem in the last few minutes. Editor’s note: As you know, Doug is among the most respected investors in the world. Since 1979, he’s called some of the biggest financial events of our time. And now, until tonight only, you can get all of Doug’s future moneymaking research—as well as everything we publish here at Casey Research—as part of our exclusive Casey Platinum Membership. If you’ve wanted to see the many different products we offer, this is a way to save tens of thousands of dollars over the years. To learn more about this incredible opportunity, click here. Just remember, this offer ends tonight at midnight. THIS ENDS TONIGHT! At midnight tonight we’re closing our lifetime membership offer, Casey Platinum, to the public. The doors won’t open again for perhaps an entire year. If you would like to get all of our stock research, for a tiny fraction of what others might pay, CLICK HERE NOW. Lock Her Up Trump won’t go after Hillary Clinton on his first day in office. Instead, he’ll issue a shocking executive order that could send a tiny $1 stock through the roof. – Recommended Linkslast_img read more