Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Usually, a week one NFL preseason game serves as nothing but a gauge to a team’s readiness and depth after two weeks of camp.However, last Saturday’s match-up between the Arizona Cardinals and the Kansas City Chiefs will go down in history.The Pro Football Hall of Fame will display a flip card from the game signed by both Jen Welter and Sarah Thomas along with Welter’s game-worn coaches’ shirt. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Top Stories Pro Football HOF to display KC-AZ flip card signed by Sarah Thomas & Jen Welter+Welter’s coaches shirt from gm— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) August 17, 2015Welter, Cardinals inside linebacker preseason coaching intern, became the first woman to coach an NFL game and Thomas became the first woman to work as a full-time on-field official.“She was solid,” head coach Bruce Arians said of Thomas. “She got chewed out pretty good a few times, but I thought she was solid in her calls.”“She is pretty good and knows a lot about football,” linebacker Markus Golden said about Welter on the Burns & Gambo show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “More than people would think she knows. She’s a real good coach and know a lot about pass rush and a whole lot about linebacker so she is doing a good job.” – / 45 Comments   Share   last_img read more

Extremis Global streaming service Netflix plans to

first_imgExtremisGlobal streaming service Netflix plans to debut its first original short documentary, Extremis, in September.The doc, from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Dan Krauss, follows the harrowing decisions doctors, families and patients face in urgent end-of-life case, and is shot in cinema verité style.Shot in the Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, Netflix claims the film “offers a uniquely intimate look at the intersection of science, faith, and humanity”.“I strive to explore weighty ethical and moral questions through my films,” said Kraus, whose docs The Death of Kevin Carter and Kill Team won critical acclaim. “Doctors today can sustain life in ways once thought impossible, ushering in new and extremely complex questions about what it means for critically ill people to be kept alive.”Netflix has pushed heavily into long-form docs through titles such as Virunga, but this marks its first effort in the short-form factual format.The platform has also revealed release dates for it latest original stand-up programmes. Ali Wong: Baby Cobra premieres Friday, May 6; Bo Burnham: Make Happy debuts June 3; Jim Jefferies: Freedumb on July 1; and Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy: We’ve Been Thinking and Iliza Shlesinger: Confirmed Kills on September 23.last_img read more

Its no secret that Amazon NASDAQAMZN has been

first_imgIt’s no secret that Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has been encroaching on the brick-and-mortar bookseller and legacy publishing markets since its inception. As many of you know, the company started as an online bookstore and has since expanded into every product under the sun.However, Amazon never lost sight of its core competency. With the introduction of the Kindle in 2007 and the recent announcement of the company’s plan to open its first retail store in the next few months, Amazon continues to remind the public (and book publishers) that it wants to dominate every aspect of the global books market.Historically, Amazon has sold books for razor-thin margins, with publishers routinely selling it books at 50% off the retail price. But Amazon went a step further and started selling popular titles for more than 50% off.For years, Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS) and Borders maintained that this was an unsustainable model, as Amazon was effectively losing money on every book sold. However, Amazon had the last laugh, as the company succeeded in pushing Borders out of business, nearly bankrupting Barnes & Noble, and destroying hundreds of independent bookstores. Worst of all  –for publishers – was the erosion of customers’ perception of what a book “should” cost.The situation escalated quickly with the introduction of ebooks, where Amazon employed a similar loss-leader strategy: Amazon would buy ebooks from publishers for roughly $13 and sell them for $9.99, taking a loss on each book in order to gain market share and encourage customers to purchase Kindles and/or sign up for Amazon Prime. Although Amazon would lose $3-$4 per book, they were slowly but surely pricing legacy publishers out of the market.By the end of 2009, Amazon accounted for an estimated 80% of electronic-book sales and had established the dreaded $9.99 price point for ebooks.David Young, chairman and CEO of Hachette Book Group USA (a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest publishing companies), fears this could be the end of the legacy publishing industry:“If it’s allowed to take hold in the consumer’s mind that a book is worth ten bucks, to my mind it’s game over for [the legacy publishing] business.”The legacy publishing industry generates the majority of sales through books written by celebrities, people with huge platforms, and/or fiction writers with a long history of bestselling books. For these big-money books with a built-in audience, there is often a bidding war between publishers. These negotiations usually come down to which company can pay the author the highest advance.But as book sales have declined, advances have fallen in step. Publishers who used to be able to pay a $1-million advance for a surefire book can now only afford $400,000.This is where Amazon went for the jugular: the company is intentionally overpaying authors to keep their advances high, thus pushing legacy publishers out of the market for blockbuster books. While publishers cannot afford to pay $1 million for a single book, Amazon could lose $20 million per year from its publishing arm just to put publishers in the red.In the next few years, Amazon will likely be the only place to buy books, and will most likely be one of just a few publishers left in the game. This obviously works in Amazon’s favor, but is also especially beneficial for authors: rather than splitting a 70% cut of an ebook between the author and the publisher (with the other 30% going to Amazon), by cutting out the middle man (i.e., legacy publishers), Amazon will get a 70% cut, with the other 30% going directly to authors.As legacy publishers and brick-and-mortar booksellers cling to their dwindling market shares, barriers to entry will continue to fall, and physical books will most likely go the way of vinyl records: pricey and for collectors only. Amazon has exposed the true value of these dying industries, and it doesn’t look pretty… nor valuable.last_img read more

Telecoms around the world are experimenting with n

first_imgTelecoms around the world are experimenting with new ways to deliver content to customers – some of which run in contrast to the long-held principle of maintaining an “open Internet,” also known as network or “net” neutrality.The principle of net neutrality advocates having no restrictions by Internet service providers or governments on what consumers can access via networks connected to the Internet. Specifically, this position prevents restrictions on content, sites, platforms, and/or modes of communication.One model that bends the rules of this principle is a tiered service model, which would allow telecoms to let users select from a smaller set of sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, for a lower monthly fee, as opposed to paying a higher monthly fee for unrestricted Internet access. To the right is an artist’s rendering of what that type of plan may look like.This type of pay structure is nothing new, as telecoms have long used this model for cell-phone plans in the form of charging customers differing amounts based on the number of voice minutes, text messages, and various other features used.That’s the exact type of model France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is employing, offering a mobile Internet experience limited to Facebook and Twitter for less than $14 a month, with an extra $0.70 for every 20 minutes spent on other sites. Turkish mobile operator Turkcell is also testing a similar system that lets users access Facebook for a flat fee.In the domestic market, AT&T (NYSE:T) is considering a plan to shift some of the costs of data traffic onto the companies generating the traffic, namely web developers and content providers. This would likely benefit consumers, as certain movies and apps wouldn’t count against AT&T users’ data plans. Since customers would be using less bandwidth, they wouldn’t have to pay either a higher monthly fee to access more data or face an extra charge for going over their plan’s data limit.In the long run, this could hurt competition, as the new model would favor established players in the mobile development space, because they would have the cash to pay AT&T and other telecoms to make their services free for their mobile customers. This would give established companies an advantage, since smaller companies would not be able to subsidize their customers’ purchases, incentivizing consumers to buy apps and other mobile products where they don’t have to sacrifice any of their limited monthly data.Network technology companies have seen this coming and have already begun producing equipment that allows telecoms to control the speed of mobile traffic, thus letting carriers bill customers at different rates and offer more complex data packages.A spokesman for Huawei Technologies Co., a Chinese telecom, showed off a new tablet the company has developed that lets carriers control the amount of bandwidth the device can use, and another device that would let mobile carriers limit which websites certain users could access.These actions by some of the world’s largest telecoms show that, as more and more browsing takes place on mobile devices, the “open Web” concept is becoming a thing of the past.(Click on image to enlarge)Should we blame telecoms for these changes? Players in this highly capital-intensive industry have invested billions into the infrastructure through which Internet traffic flows, and it’s not unreasonable that they want to profit from their investment. However, many Internet entrepreneurs worry that shifting the rules of the game will favor better-capitalized companies – like Facebook – that can afford carriers’ new terms.Even so, it’s an undeniable truth that the more customers use mobile devices to access the Internet, the more telecoms will need to invest in infrastructure to increase data capacity. According to data from Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), global mobile Internet traffic has doubled in each of the last four years, and the company expects mobile traffic to increase 26% by 2015, reaching 6.3 exabytes per month. Additionally, Cisco expects global mobile data traffic to grow three times faster than fixed IP traffic by 2015. This growing traffic has prompted AT&T and Verizon (NYSE:VZ) to eliminate unlimited data plans, instead making customers who use lots of data pay more to do so.(Click on image to enlarge)However, telecoms don’t want to keep charging customers more and more as mobile data usage continues to double, so they’re going after content providers to help find a balance between what customers pay and what major sources of traffic – including Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Facebook – contribute.Proponents of net neutrality will undoubtedly keep rabble-rousing about how the Internet should be open and free. But as the costs of maintaining mobile networks rise and demand for such services increases accordingly, global telecoms will use any weapon in their arsenal to make their operations more profitable.last_img read more

Dear Reader Due to the way our publication schedu

first_imgDear Reader,Due to the way our publication schedule and the holidays work out, this holiday edition of Metals & Mining Monday will be our last Casey Daily Dispatch column until after the New Year. We hope you’ve found value in our articles this year, both for entertainment and for profit, and look forward to delivering more of the same to you next year.Whatever your beliefs may be, we wish you a very happy holiday season and peace and prosperity going forward. The peace might be hard to come by in these turbulent times, but we’ll do our best to help you with the prosperity part.Sincerely,Louis JamesSenior Metals Investment StrategistCasey Research Rock & Stock StatsLast Silver32.5232.6628.88 Oil85.8986.3294.95 TSX Venture1,174.011,258.691,405.93 Copper3.643.463.27 Brazil bought 18.9 tonnes (607,650 ounces) in September and October alone. It will likely buy more, since gold still accounts for only 0.8% of its reserves. TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange)12,289.1711,929.7911,543.05 Bank of America Merrill Lynch says gold will hit at least $2,000 by the end of 2013. Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ)21.3022.0825.24 Deutsche Bank released a new report essentially declaring that gold is money. “We see gold as an officially recognized form of money for one primary reason: it is widely held by most of the world’s larger central banks as a component of reserves. We would go further, however, and argue that gold could be characterized as ‘good’ money, as opposed to ‘bad’ money which would be represented by many of today’s fiat currencies.” One Month Ago Gold1,696.831,726.341,573.67 Turkey imported 4.2 tonnes (135,000 ounces) of gold in November. It has bought 117.2 tonnes (3.7 million ounces) so far this year, almost double last year’s purchases. And of course there’s China. While nothing official has been announced by its central bank, its imports and buying habits are mind-boggling.These data suggest in and of themselves that dips in the gold price are likely being bought – and will continue to be bought – by central banks. They’re not exactly short-term traders. Remember, central banks were net sellers as recently as 2009, so this reversal will likely play out for years.India. I tire of the reports that proclaim something like, “Indian buying dropped this month!” Let’s be clear about India and gold: Imports have more than doubled in three years (through 2011), and investment demand has climbed almost fivefold. And all this occurred while prices were rising and from a nation that already has a strong cultural predisposition towards the metal. Further, silver demand is taking off: sales have jumped 24% this year over last.There is some government interference, but no slump in demand in India. This trend will continue and may even strengthen when inflation begins making front-page headlines.Germany. A precious-metals group recently reported that Germans are increasingly buying gold because of fears about economic uncertainty, and that a third of citizens are now considering gold as part of their investments. “There has been a significant increase in demand in recent months because of worry about actions taken by the European Central Bank and US Federal Reserve, as the two central banks seek to counter the euro zone crisis and slow US economic growth.”Commercial BanksMorgan Stanley’s preferred metal exposure for 2013 is gold, though the company expects silver to outperform it. The bank stated that it believes “nothing has changed with gold’s fundamental thesis: QE 3 (and 4…) and similar commitments from the ECB and BoJ; low nominal and negative real interest rates; ongoing geopolitical risk in the Middle East; and mine supply issues.” Paraguay bought 7.5 tonnes (241,130 ounces) in July. ScotiaMocatta stated that it will “not be surprised to see prices reach $2,200/oz.” Why? “One of the main reasons we are still bullish is because of the mess the Western world is in. Europe has a debt problem that is proving all but impossible to solve, and all efforts to date have revolved around throwing more money at the problem to avoid the monetary system from breaking down… that should be reason enough to be bullish.” Even Argentina added 7 tonnes last year (225,000 ounces), and Colombia 2.3 tonnes (almost 74,000 ounces). One Year Ago Central banks around the world bought a total of 351.8 tonnes of gold (11.3 million ounces) in the first nine months of 2012, up 2% from a year ago. Silver Stocks (SIL)23.1522.4620.45 Gold Producers (GDX)46.4847.2252.38 The 12 Gold Bugs of ChristmasBy Jeff Clark, Senior Precious Metals AnalystWhile the price of gold has languished in a trading range much of the year, leaving some investors scratching their heads, many have been buying – and in some cases, really loading up.It’s a tad puzzling that gold hasn’t broken into new highs, despite enough catalysts to move a herd of stubborn mules. But that’s the hand we’re dealt right now. We can’t get up from the table until the game reaches its conclusion. Besides, I think the stall in prices is giving us one last window to buy before prices break permanently into higher levels for this cycle.At least that’s how a number of prominent investors and institutions are viewing the price action right now. Here’s a sampling of this year’s “gold bugs” and what they’ve been doing about precious metals recently.Jim Rogers, billionaire and cofounder of the Soros Quantum Fund, publicly stated last month that he plans to “sell federal debt and purchase more gold and silver.”George Soros increased his investment in GLD by a whopping 49% last quarter, to 1.32 million shares. His stake is now worth over $221 million. Many investors don’t realize that he also placed call options on GDX worth $9 million. The most logical explanation is that he thinks gold equities are undervalued and that there’s big money to be made in them within a year.Marc Faber mocks those claiming gold is in a bubble. “It’s nowhere close to that stage,” he says. And even though he’s already sitting on a huge gain, he won’t take any profits. Why? “I keep a picture of Mr. Bernanke in my toilet, and every time I think about selling my gold, I look at it and I know better!”Brent Johnson, a San Francisco hedge-fund manager, believed in gold so much that he started his own gold fund, Santiago Capital, earlier this year. His latest video points out that there have been “278 global easing moves in the last 14 months.” How does someone not own gold in that kind of environment?Don Coxe, a highly respected global commodities strategist, stated at the Denver Gold Forum that “now is the best climate I have ever seen for an increase in gold prices.” He told fund managers, mining analysts, and mining executives to prepare for significantly higher gold prices and thus higher gold-mining-stock valuations. “The opportunities ahead are the best I’ve seen.” He thinks a new gold rush is ahead for gold stocks, and that a “lustrous” rally will occur within a year.Jeffrey Gundlach, cofounder of DoubleLine Capital, predicts that deeply indebted countries and companies will default sometime after 2013. Central banks may forestall these defaults by pumping even more money into the economy – but at the risk of higher inflation in coming years. He recommends buying hard assets including gold, and also “gold-mining firms because we consider them to be bargains.”Rob McEwen, CEO of McEwen Mining and founder of Goldcorp, is buying precious metals because he believes gold will someday hit $5,000 and silver $200.Savneet Singh, a former investment analyst at Morgan Stanley, was frustrated with the options available to acquire physical gold in an allocated, whole-bar format outside the banking system. He started Gold Bullion International, the platform service used by the Hard Assets Alliance, a service that virtually does away with the need to buy GLD.This is only a handful of individual investors who have made recent news with their bullion buying. But institutions, governments, and others are participating, too…Central BanksThe South Korean central bank added 14 tonnes (approximately 450,000 troy ounces) of gold in November, and now holds six times more than back in June of 2011. “Gold is a physical, safe asset, and allows us to deal with changes in the international financial environment more effectively,” bank officials said. JP Morgan now accepts physical gold as collateral. Another source of demand from banks could be the change in Basel III regulations. If you haven’t read about it, gold could get promoted to Tier 1 status, meaning it would be considered a “zero-percent risk weighted item.”Eric Sprott recently wrote, “If the Basel Committee decides to grant gold a favourable liquidity profile under its proposed Basel III framework, it will open the door for gold to compete with cash and government bonds on bank balance sheets – and provide banks with an asset that actually has the chance to appreciate. Given that US Treasury bonds pay little to no yield today, if offered the choice between the ‘liquidity trifecta’ of cash, government bonds or gold to meet Basel III liquidity requirements, why wouldn’t a bank choose gold?”We’ll be watching the news on this topic.None of these parties think the gold bull market is over, nor the price too high. They recognize the implications of a world floating on fiat currencies, and that government “solutions” to debt and deficit spending will significantly – perhaps catastrophically – dilute the value of currencies, the fallout of which has yet to materialize. As for me, I think that the longer the malaise continues, the more likely the breakout is to be both sudden and dramatic.We can all speculate about when the next leg up for gold will kick in, but the point for now is to take advantage of the weakness, like many of these gold bugs. When the price breaks out of its trading range, are you sure you won’t wish you’d bought a little more?I say give you and your loved ones a lasting Christmas gift and call your favorite bullion dealer.Happy Holidays from your Casey Research Metals Team!Gold and Silver HEADLINESSudan’s Central Bank Places Moratorium on Gold-Ore Exports (AllAfrica)In an attempt to bring the country’s gold sector under tighter control and increase profits, Sudan introduced a moratorium on gold-ore exports. This is not an all-in isolation from the foreign market: gold miners will be allowed to export after refining ore in the specially designated, state-controlled gold refinery.The step is meant to prevent local producers from smuggling gold ore to Dubai, among other places. The new refinery will pay a higher price, which should serve to remove some of the incentive to escape official export channels.The country also aims to close a budget deficit caused by the loss of about 75% of its oil production due to last year’s secession of South Sudan.The measure is understandable, but will hardly serve the country’s investment clients well. In our view, privately owned refineries and an open market for gold-ore processing would do the job just as well, if not better.Ivory Coast Parliament Approves New Tax on Gold Profits (Reuters)The world’s top cocoa-producing country introduced a new tax on gold profits last Thursday. The country wants its growing mining sector to contribute more to post-war reconstruction efforts and – unsurprisingly – raising taxes looked like the best option.The new tax will apply to profits above production costs of US$615/oz., the rate fluctuating with the price of gold.Randgold is a gold producer with operations in Ivory Coast. CEO Mark Bristow characterized the tax as punitive:“We are saying that not only it is detrimental to the country’s investment stand, it also defies reality: in the world where mining costs rise constantly, gold price appreciation is the only positive factor that helps miners deliver good profit margins and have an incentive to develop projects that were deemed unprofitable when gold was cheaper. To come up with arbitrary estimates of what the appropriate cost of production is, introduce new taxes and hope that the country’s mining sector will respond by booming growth is just not right.”last_img read more

Justin OK Its clear that governments shouldnt

first_imgJustin: OK. It’s clear that governments shouldn’t pass these sorts of silly laws. What should governments do then?Doug: Since the nature of government is pure force, it should only be there to protect you from the initiation of force by others. That implies it should do three things, and three things only.It might have a police force to protect you from force and violence within its bailiwick. It might have an army to protect you from force from outside its borders. And it might have a court system to allow you to adjudicate disputes without resorting to force.But the U.S. government—and really all governments around the world—does those three things very badly, even while they try to do everything else. In fact, let me go further. Those three things—police, army, and courts—are far too important to be left to the government, and the type of people who are drawn to government. The market would supply those things far better—although this isn’t the place to cover how that would work.The point I want to make here is that government is not the solution to any problem. The institution itself is the cause of most of the problems that we have in the world today.Once you get beyond a basic personal level, most of the evil in the world is perpetrated by governments. Government is a magnet for the worst type of people. At best they’re altruists, layabouts, busybodies, and parasites. At worst they’re actual criminals. Look, you’ve got two types of people in the world: people that are interested in controlling physical reality, and people that are interested in controlling other people. It’s that second type that is attracted to government.If a decent person goes to work for the State, he’ll either be corrupted, or become so demoralized that he’ll leave. You’re naturally, and inevitably, left with the dregs.Let me make a shocking statement: We don’t need government. Absolutely anything that government does that’s needed and wanted by society would be provided vastly cheaper, vastly better, and without coercion, by the market. By entrepreneurs who see a need and fulfill it, in order to make a profit. Not the way government does, by sucking capital out of the society, but by actually creating more value, which is what earning a profit is all about.Those are just some of the reasons why I don’t believe in government as an entity. I’m not talking about changing the government and rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. That solves nothing. I’m talking about the principle of the State itself.Don’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating a revolution; I’m stating a moral principle. The fact is that when you have a violent revolution to replace a government, the new one is almost always far worse. After 1789 in France, Robespierre was far, far worse than Louis XVI. After 1917 in Russia, Lenin and then Stalin were vastly worse than Nicholas II. Castro was much, much worse than Batista. This is true everywhere.The problem arises with the average person. It’s a very dark side of human nature, nearly impossible to change. He thinks government is necessary and good, when in fact it’s unnecessary and evil. Recommended Link Click here now for the full story Recommended Link — Justin’s note: California is making headlines for the wrong reasons.Last month, it introduced a bill that, if signed into law, will restrict restaurants from offering any drinks other than water or unflavored milk with their kids’ meals.It’s ridiculous. But this isn’t the first time California’s government has tried to strip away personal freedom under the guise of knowing what’s best.It also recently banned restaurants from using plastic straws.Measures like these are proof that California is rapidly devolving into a full-blown nanny state. Unfortunately, it’s not alone. Governments across the country are doing the same thing. It’s one of today’s most deeply concerning trends. So I got Doug Casey on the phone to get his take…Justin: Doug, what do you think about what’s happening in California? Do you agree that it’s turning into a nanny state?Doug: Without doubt. There are thousands of examples such as these.It’s happening everywhere. It’s not just California and the U.S. government. Governments all over the world are doing the same. Governments are restricting freedom to the greatest degree in history.The populations of countries are acting like sheep. They really believe that the government is there to help and protect them, and make life better. In fact, it’s just the opposite.But the U.S. is the most egregious offender because it has the most powerful government. The U.S. is still better than most in the world, but America is no longer the land of the free. That’s ancient history, it’s myth. The U.S. government thinks it can do anything and everything, to anybody.Justin: So, you’re saying governments shouldn’t tell us what kind of straws to drink out of or what to feed our children?Doug: No. And that’s a gigantic understatement. Governments have gotten completely out of control… they’ve never been good. But now they’re bold and active predators.We really ought to first ask ourselves: What’s the nature of government? What’s its purpose?First of all, the nature of government is pure coercion, pure force. Its main purpose is to enrich the top dogs that compose it. With table scraps going to the running dogs that actively support it. At the expense of the whipped dogs that think it’s necessary.Any moral and sensible person wants to restrict the amount of force and coercion used in the world. Force and coercion are enemies of civilization. Born Before 1969? Retirement Plan Paying Out $9.7 Billion (Estimated)If you were born before 1969, you could collect up to $11,334 per month, all from a legal backdoor into the lucrative investment that powers “D.C.’s Private Pension Plan.” As one insider said, “this is NOT a government program… but it’ll put your retirement on steroids.” If you want the chance to claim up to $11,334, the clock is ticking… Click here or miss out Trump Will Shock Bitcoin InvestorsTake a look at this government document… One of Trump’s agencies is about to publish a shocking press release. It’s scheduled for September 30. — Justin: Unfortunately, governments around the world are becoming bigger and more intrusive. So is it safe to say that we can expect governments to pass more ridiculous laws and regulations going forward?Doug: Yes. It’s going to get worse because it seems everybody believes that the government really should have a role to play. They believe in the State as an institution—when in fact it’s just a criminal fantasy given reality on a grand scale, where everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.And there’s more attention being focused on the government today, not less. All this attention drawn to government—especially by academia and the media, which themselves are really recent, modern, creations—means that more people want to get into government.The problem is that government does not draw the best and brightest people. It draws the worst kind of people. They get together, make themselves an elite, very well-paid group, with a lot of power and a lot of prestige.I don’t see how the situation’s going to get better. Libertarians, who have a natural aversion to the State and its products—war, taxes, regulations, pogroms, and the like—are a tiny minority. They’re like a genetic mutation, insignificant in the big picture.Justin: Doug, you often say that a trend in motion tends to stay in motion. That said, how much worse could things get on this front?Doug: I don’t know how bad the situation could get. But it’s getting worse. Will it be like something that George Orwell imagined in 1984—that kind of a police state? Or will it be a kinder and gentler kind of police state that Aldous Huxley imagined in Brave New World? Or some variation in between them? It seems like we’re getting elements of both Orwell’s and Huxley’s dystopias at the same time.From an economic viewpoint, the amount of capital the government sucks out of society has been growing and growing. Fortunately, technology—which is the friend of the average man—has been compounding even faster. So the standard of living has continued to advance, despite the State.The number of laws and regulations have been growing hugely. The size of the military and their power in all countries around the world has been growing. And it’s very true that war is the health of the State.I don’t know where it’s going to end. Very likely with a very nasty depression, followed by something resembling World War III. It’s very scary.Even though I’ve long been an advocate of internationalizing yourself so all of your assets aren’t under the control of one group of politicians, it’s almost like what Joe Louis said: You can run, but you can’t hide.That’s because, increasingly, all of these governments around the world are working together to help each other herd their sheep. It’s a very serious problem for anybody that values personal freedom.Justin: Thanks for taking the time to speak with me today, Doug.Doug: You’re welcome.Justin’s note: You’re invited to meet Doug, along with all of our Casey gurus—including Nick Giambruno, E.B. Tucker, Dave Forest, and Marco Wutzer—at our first-ever Legacy Investment Summit in Bermuda next month.Keep in mind, space is limited. But this letter is your invitation. And when you come, you will not just hear the best ideas these world-renowned experts have to offer…You’ll meet them face-to-face, have drinks with them at the cocktail parties, and get exclusive insights they won’t be sharing anywhere else.It’s VIP access to high-level financial thinkers. Get all the details here. (Keep in mind, this special offer is only available until Sunday at midnight.)Reader MailbagWhat did you think of today’s Conversations With Casey? Let us know—and share any future topics you’d like Justin and Doug to discuss—here.The “300 Bagger” Layer of the BlockchainThere’s still potential for 300x profits in the blockchain world. You just have to know where to look… And Casey Research’s blockchain expert, Marco Wutzer, says he’s made a breakthrough in doing just that.If you follow his system, you’ll be positioned for life-changing profits as the crypto bull market returns. Full details here.last_img read more

A dentist in High Point has had her license revoke

first_imgA dentist in High Point has had her license revoked after the death of two of her patients following surgery. The North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners revoked Shawana Patterson’s license to practice dentistry and her general anesthesia permit.Evidence and testimony allege that Patterson was negligent in treating two patients and that this negligence contributed to their deaths.The first incident occurred in November of 2017 when a patient came in for jaw surgery. Medical forms showed the individual was not a good candidate for anesthesia outside of a hospital setting.The patient was oversedated. He died several months later due to brain injury. His doctor testified it was linked to his time under anesthesia.The second death occurred the following April. Expert testimony indicates that Patterson’s treatment was also a contributing factor.Legal documents indicate there was no qualified assistant monitoring patients during the procedures.last_img read more

Disabled activists are organising a national day o

first_imgDisabled activists are organising a national day of action to push for the government’s new universal credit benefit system to be scrapped.Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) believes that the “punishing” universal credit (UC) regime, which is slowly replacing six working-age benefits, is “rotten to the core”.DPAC says UC is too flawed to be simply “paused and fixed” – the “wimpish” policy that the Labour opposition has adopted – and that it is “an economic and political disaster bringing further distress and impoverishment to those forced to endure it”.Part of the aim of the day of action on 1 March is to focus on Labour’s failure to adopt a “stop and scrap” policy, with the possibility that some protests could be aimed at the party.The day of action will include a protest in Westminster, with activists meeting outside the visitors’ entrance of the House of Commons.A DPAC spokesperson said: “No civilized government should impose this on its citizens and no opposition party should want to simply pause and fix it.”Among the impacts of UC on disabled people that have alarmed DPAC are the introduction of mandatory health and work conversations for all disabled claimants; the difficulty of an online-only system that makes it “difficult or impossible” for some disabled people to claim; and the possibility that disabled people with part-time jobs that suit their support needs will be forced into unsuitable full-time jobs.A key concern is over the scrapping of severe (£62.45 per week) and enhanced disability premiums (£15.90 per week), which are currently added to some means-tested disability benefits to help with the costs of disability.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) argued this week that it had “simplified and rationalised the various, complex disability premiums” that exist in the current system, but without explaining how it had done so and who would lose out.DPAC also points to widespread problems faced by all UC claimants, such as the introduction of “harsh” sanctions for those who have jobs, as well as those who are out-of-work, if they fail to meet the terms of a “claimant commitment” (an agreement to look for work or increase earnings).It also highlights the long delays faced by claimants before they receive their first UC payment; reported increases in rent arrears among UC claimants, caused by housing payments no longer being paid direct to landlords; and letting agents reportedly refusing to rent properties to UC claimants.Campaigners have warned that the rollout has been leaving hundreds of thousands in debt, and forcing people – many of them disabled – to borrow from loan sharks, pawnbrokers and payday loan companies, while many have been left facing eviction because of the rollout.Following these and other concerns, chancellor Philip Hammond announced in November’s budget a package of improvements to UC that will cost £1.5 billion over the next five years (£300 million in 2018-19), including removing the seven-day waiting period for new claimants so that entitlement starts on the day of the claim.A DWP spokeswoman said: “Universal credit lies at the heart of our reforms to transform the welfare system, so it supports those who can work and cares for those who can’t.“And it’s working. Under universal credit people are finding a job faster and staying in it longer than under the old system, while having the right help in place for people who need it.“We have listened to feedback and are bringing in a £1.5 billion package of improvements announced in the budget to make it easier for people moving onto universal credit.“Continuing to roll out universal credit in a safe and controlled way will mean many more people will benefit from moving into employment.”She said it had “always been part of the design of universal credit that we would simplify and reduce the number of different rates for sickness and disability” and that those currently claiming the severe and enhanced premiums would not see their benefits reduced in cash terms when moving onto universal credit, unless their circumstances changed.But such claimants can see their benefits reduced if there is any change in their circumstances.DWP argues that this “requirement to make a new claim to benefit where there has been a change of circumstance is not new”. Despite requests from Disability News Service to clarify exactly how disabled people previously in receipt of the premiums will be affected by UC, DWP has so far been unable to do so.But it claims that anyone who is in the ESA support group and only qualifies for the enhanced disability premium will be better off under UC by more than £90 per month.The DWP spokeswoman said the health and work conversations would “help ensure that people are supported during the initial stages of claiming benefits” and that any actions agreed would be voluntary, while “safeguards will be put in place to ensure there are appropriate exemptions from attending”.She said DWP understood that some people would need extra support in making a UC claim, including claims being able to be taken over the phone, or appointments made for visits to people’s homes.Work coaches will provide “ongoing support for people who need it and that can be face-to-face, via text message, over the phone or through people’s online journals”, while there are computers and free wi-fi in all Jobcentre Plus offices for the public and claimants to use, and jobcentre staff can input claimant details for those who need support.She said the claimant commitment sets out what is expected of claimants “in return for the support they will receive”, with claimants “encouraged to tell their work coach what they can manage and what is realistic and achievable for them”.And she said that sanctions were “only ever used in a small minority of cases” and it was “right that we encourage claimants to do everything they can to prepare for, or find work in return for benefits”, while claimants can ask for a reconsideration of the sanction decision and then have a right to appeal to a tribunal.She said that most claimants were “comfortable managing their money but advances are available for anyone who needs extra help, and arrangements can be made to pay rent direct to landlords if needed”, while anyone applying for UC can apply for a 100 per cent advance, while there was “budgeting support” for those who need it.last_img read more

LOOKING purely at the 6030 scoreline and you woul

first_imgLOOKING purely at the 60-30 scoreline and you would be forgiven for thinking that the defensive effort from both teams had been terrible, writes Graham Henthorne.And whilst that is partly true I’d prefer to say that the score is due to some sparkling attacking play from both sides.The Saints were first out of the blocks and were 10 points up in as many minutes with tries from Matty Fleming and Jack Ashworth.The first came after Brad Billsborough’s last tackle kick on half way had been charged down but rebounded into Saints hands. After great drives from Ricky Bailey, Greg Richards and Matty Lees, Danny Richardson, back to his scintillating best, chose to run it spinning the ball out wide right to the charging Matty Fleming who bulldozed his way through three to the line.Jack Ashworth’s first came after good work again from Richards and Jonah Cunningham who were held short. On the last Richardson’s deft grubber gave Ashworth a stroll over the line.But not to be out done the visitors came storming back with two tries of their own and as the game went into its second quarter FC were ahead by two.The Saints just needed to ride the storm, get back to what was working for them and that’s exactly what they did in the remaining twenty minutes.On 25 minutes Ashworth came up with a great offload to put Josh Eaves under the sticks to regain the lead for the Saints.The third tackle after the restart saw a mesmerising 80 metre run. Calvin Wellington made the initial break and support from Josh Eaves, Bailey and Ashworth saw the Saints 10 metres from the line. From the play the ball Richardson again took control throwing a miss pass out to Jake Spedding for the wingers’ first.The last score of the half saw Fleming through down the right, he dummied to Spedding before passing it inside to bailey who outstripped the cover to go under the sticks.The second half started as the first had ended with the Saints flooding forward in attack.Bailey was held up over the line in the first set before the ball was spread right to Ashworth on the last for the big second row to step inside his defender to score.Matty Fleming scored his second thanks to another towering bomb from Richardson which landed smack bang in between the full back and winger who both allowed it to bounce directly into the waiting grasp of the Saints centre who jogged over the line.The game was well and truly put to bed on the quarter hour as a neat short ball from Aaron Smith put Cunningham over under the black dot.However, nobody told the visitors that as, combined with a sharp offloading game, they took advantage of some lapses in concentration from the Saints to score three tries in quick succession to close within 14 points with as many minutes remaining.But that was as close as they got as the Saints decided to play again scoring three effortless tries in the final six minutes to blow the score out.Spedding got his brace weaving between the static defensive lines on the right.Jordan Gibbons reacted quickest to dive on a loose ball deep in the let in goal area after a great Dave Eccleston break.The final try was finished off by Greg Richards powering over from close range after a sharp dummy half break from Smith.Both sides were keen to get the Reserves season under way and the Saints produced a sparkling display from 1 to 19.Richards, Ashworth and the terrifyingly direct Matty Lees dictated the play up front and with significant fire power out wide it was easy for Danny Richardson to showcase his wares.Next for the Saints in a fortnight is a visit over the lump. Play for 80 like they did for 50 and it could be another happy trip home from Orrell.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Matty Fleming (3 & 49), Jack Ashworth (8 & 45), Josh Eaves (25), Jake Spedding (27 & 74), Ricky Bailey (33), Jonah Cunningham (54), Jordan Gibbons (76), Greg Richards (78).Goals: Danny Richardson (8 from 11).Hull FC:Tries: Nick Armstrong (12), Jack Wray (18), Mike Adlard (60), Curtis Heil (66), Jez Litten (67).Goals: Nick Armstrong (5 from 5).Half Time: 26-12Full Time: 60-30Teams:Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. Jake Spedding, 4. Matty Fleming, 3. Calvin Wellington, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Brad Billsborough, 7. Danny Richardson; 8. Greg Richards, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Matty Lees, 11. Jack Ashworth, 12. Ben Morris, 13. Jonah Cunningham. Subs: 14. Josh Eaves, 15. Callum Hazzard, 16. Mike Weldon, 17. Owen Smith, 18. Jordan Gibbons, 19. Dave Eccleston.Hull FC:1. Mike Adlard; 2. Nick Armstrong, 3. Matt Cook, 4. Connor Bower, 5. Callum Lancaster; 6. Jake Connor, 7. Jack Wray; 8. Ross Osbourne, 9. Josh Wood, 10. Zac Braham, 11. Brandon Westerman, 12. Ash Bastiman, 13. Zeus Silk. Subs: 14. Jack Sanderson, 15. Alex Gilbey, 16. Curtis Heil, **. Jez Litten.last_img read more

Scientists implicate hidden genes in the severity of autism symptoms

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 15 2019Scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have implicated a largely hidden part of the human genome in the severity of autism symptoms, a discovery that could lead to new insights into the disorder and eventually to clinical therapies for the condition.The researchers found the critical genes are part of the human genome that is so complex and difficult to study that it has been unexamined by conventional genome analysis methods.In this case, the region encodes most copies of the Olduvai (formerly DUF1220) protein domain, a highly duplicated (~300 copies in the human genome) and highly variable gene coding family that has been implicated in both human brain evolution and cognitive disease.Related StoriesEyes hold clues to effective treatment of severe autism, study showsAtypical eating behaviors may indicate autismResearchers develop new technique to accurately detect ASD in childrenThe researchers, led by James Sikela, PhD, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the CU School of Medicine, analyzed the genomes of individuals with autism and showed that, as the number of copies of Olduvai increased, the severity of autism symptoms became worse.While the Sikela lab has shown this same trend previously, the discovery has not been pursued by other researchers due to the complexity of the Olduvai family.”It took us several years to develop accurate methods for studying these sequences, so we fully understand why other groups have not joined in.” Sikela said. “We hope that by showing that the link with autism severity holds up in three independent studies, we will prompt other autism researchers to examine this complex family.”In order to provide more evidence that the association with autism severity is real, the Sikela lab used an independent population and developed a different, higher resolution measurement technique. This new method also allowed them to zero in on which members of the large Olduvai family may be driving the link with autism.Though autism is thought to have a significant genetic component, conventional genetic studies have come up short in efforts to explain this contribution, Sikela said.”The current study adds further support to the possibility that this lack of success may be because the key contributors to autism involve difficult-to-measure, highly duplicated and highly variable sequences, such as those encoding the Olduvai family, and, as a result, have never been directly measured in other studies of autism,” Sikela said. Source: read more

Tailoring care to meet additional needs of hospitalized patients with high social

first_imgFew studies have explored whether acute care nurses are adequately supported in their practice environments to address the unique needs of socially at risk patients as they transition back into community settings. Our findings suggest that prioritization of medical needs during acute care hospitalization and lack of organizational supports may deter nurses from fully addressing social concerns.”J. Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing, a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and lead investigator of the study Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 14 2019Nurses play a pivotal role in caring for hospitalized patients with social risk factors and preparing them for discharge. Now, a new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) illustrates how certain health system constraints present barriers to effective care and impact outcomes for patients with high social risks. Related StoriesA work schedule patching approach for improved nursing home careStudy examines potential advantages and disadvantages of blister packaging for nursing homesMost problems with catheter use stem from poor physician-nurse communicationThe outcomes of the qualitative study appear in an article titled “You Only Have Time For So Much in 12 Hours – Unmet Social Needs of Hospitalized Patients: A Qualitative Study of Acute Care Nurses,” published online in the Journal of Clinical Nursing. The article suggests that while the development of new initiatives to address social risk is of value, care must be taken not to increase the burden placed on nurses or the health team.”Nurses routinely include evaluations of the social risk factors as part of patient assessments; however, tailoring care to meet these additional needs may require changes to nursing workflow and traditional clinical roles,” said Brooks Carthon. The study concludes with recommendations for hospital-based initiatives that aim to address the needs of socially at-risk patients to “incorporate the perspectives of patients and health care providers as collaborators in intervention design.” Source:University of Pennsylvania School of Nursinglast_img read more

Yamaha motorcycle comes on command at CES event

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. With a wave, Kinji Asamura summoned a riderless motorcycle to his side in the Yamaha booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Citation: Yamaha motorcycle comes on command at CES event (2018, January 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Yamaha’s ‘Motoroid’ concept electric motorcycle reaches speeds topping 200 kilometers per hour but is blind, relying on pre-programmed routes © 2018 AFP Bike-riding robot turns heads at Tokyo motor event The concept electric motorcycle, called ‘Motoroid,’ then balanced in position, holding its place even when Asamura tried gently to push it over.Nearby, a robot that might seem suited for a futuristic action film was astride a production model Yamaha super-bike that it had ridden at speeds topping 200 kilometers per hour on a test track.”The motor bike is the recent past, and the Motoroid is the future,” Yamaha spokesman John Boreland told AFP as he glanced from one two-wheeled creation to the other.”The object is to see what lessons can be learned to connect machine to human more effectively.”The robot-ridden Yamaha motorcycle, called ‘Motobot,’ is fast but blind, relying on pre-programmed routes, according to Yamaha.Lessons learned so far from the research model include that “human beings react a hell of a lot quicker,” according to Boreland,Flesh-and-blood riders have also proven better at grasping the courter-intuitive notion of counter-steering and leaning through turns, he added.The Motoroid model boasted autonomous features such as balancing on its own, recognizing riders, and being summoned with a wave.Wings on the back of the seat were designed with the help of a psychologist to gently squeeze a rider’s lower back in a sort of reassuring caress at potentially perilous high speeds, Boreland said.”Somewhere along the line, this will all meld together so you’ll be part of the bike and it will figure things out for you,” Boreland said of insights and advances resulting from the concept motorcycles, which are not for sale. Explore further read more

Publisher drops Tronc name reverts to Tribune Publishing

first_img 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. The US newspaper group known as Tronc announced Thursday it was reverting back to its old name Tribune Publishing, two years after a rebranding effort that drew widespread derision. The publisher of the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, Baltimore Sun and other newspapers gave no reason for the change, but the name Tronc—a moniker which stood for Tribune Online Content—was ridiculed both within and outside the news industry.”If you wanted to signify the pathetic nasal honks of the last dying dinosaur, ‘tronc’ would be a pretty good word,” tweeted The New York Times deputy tech editor Quentin Hardy at the time of the rebranding.Despite the name change, which is effective October 9, Tribune Publishing faces a difficult road in an industry struggling to adapt to a digital world.In July, the company announced it would be cutting half the newsroom staff at the Daily News, the iconic New York tabloid.Tronc sold its best-known newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, to biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong in June. Some reports said it has been in talks with another newspaper chain, McClatchy, owner of the Miami Herald, Kansas City Star and others. Explore further The publisher of the New York Daily News and other large dailies is reverting back to the name Tribune Publishing, two years after a widely ridiculed rebranding as Tronccenter_img Citation: Publisher drops Tronc name, reverts to Tribune Publishing (2018, October 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from © 2018 AFP Biotech billionaire takes over at Los Angeles Times, new editor namedlast_img read more

Wee gives further details on RM15mil grant to Kojadi

first_img Nation 2d ago Wee: Kojadi wrote to MACC over RM15mil grant {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 28 Jun 2019 Kojadi will write to MACC over RM15mil grant Related News Related News Nation 11 Jul 2019 Dr Wee: Kojadi has written to MACC over RM15mil grant PETALING JAYA: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has further clarified the events surrounding the RM15mil grant given to Koperasi Jayadiri Sdn Bhd (Kojadi) by Yayasan 1MDB.Listing a chronology, he stated that in August 2012 Kojadi had informed the Co-operatives Commission (SKM) of the RM15mil grant to implement a micro-credit scheme for the youth.Later that month, SKM replied Kojadi that it had no issues concerning the grant, he said.”A few days after Pakatan Harapan won the general election (on May 18), the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) issued a letter for Kojadi to pay taxes, including penalties and fines on the RM15mil grant received from Yayasan 1MDB in 2012. The total amount to be paid was RM1,031,606.44. AdChoices广告”The Kojadi board of directors complied with IRB’s instruction and paid off the sum (on June 11),” he said in a Facebook posting on Saturday (July 13).Dr Wee said in December 2018, Kojadi failed to get the RM50mil allocation for Budget 2019, with the reason given that Kojadi and MCA were not separate organisations.”It is true that Kojadi was founded by MCA, but not all in the party is a member of the co-operative.”A person has to contribute to Kojadi and only then they are eligible for membership. Now, the co-operative is rated five stars and has about 60,000 members from different races. How can it only be for MCA members?” he said.He said on Dec 26, 2018, Kojadi chairman Datuk Ng Peng Hay wrote a letter to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner regarding the grant, asking for advice.”I was informed by Ng that he acted in line with what was agreed with the Kojadi board of directors who took their own initiative to write to Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull,” he added.Dr Wee questioned why Ng had sent a copy of a letter that he wrote to the MACC to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng as well.”Yayasan 1MDB is under the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry whereas the Co-operative Societies Commission (SKM) is under the Entrepreneur Development Ministry.”What has this got to do with the Finance Ministry?” he asked.Dr Wee said MACC replied to Kojadi’s letter on Jan 30 this year.The MACC, he added, told Kojadi that the 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB) case was still under investigation, and had said nothing of Yayasan 1MDB.”The letter also stated that the MACC would inform Kojadi if it needed further assistance or cooperation.”So, what is wrong if Kojadi acts according to the rule of law? Fourteen board members have clarified that what was decided in a meeting on June 27, 2019 was to follow up the matter in writing with MACC, not to return the funds to them without referring to lawyers and the leadership,” he said.last_img read more