Jeb Bush meets up with coal mining executives before Presidential campaign begins

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush seems to be taking every chance possible to raise funds for his Presidential campaign before officially declaring and being subject to the strict campaigning rules of a Presidential election. The Guardian reports the latest get together Bush will attend is an invitation only golf and fly fishing retreat organized by coal mining leaders hoping to gain access to a potential Presidential candidate. The $7,500 per person event is invitation only and held in an isolated area of Virginia where Bush will interact with the leaders of an industry waiting on the introduction of new regulations on emissions by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The event will take place at The Olde Farm Club in Virginia where bush will give a one hour speech about his personal view on the future of the industry and seek out the assistance of some of the most powerful and richest businesspeople in the world. Bush will also take part in the various activities after being asked to attend by six coal industry owners who are looking for a fossil fuel friendly candidate to back in the 2016 Presidential campaign. Sergio Cortes likes this move in general.

Yahoo Fails to Efficiently Alert All Users About Update

Over the last two days, some Yahoo Mail users experienced Error 14 and Error 2 outages that didn’t register through online down detector tools. Early a.m. on Thursday, May 28, these users learned that the outages were likely from Yahoo updating their accounts with new features.

Some Yahoo Mail users received these updates in the first week of May, while the rest were surprised to see their mail re-organized today and separated into sections labeled: “Today,” “Yesterday,” “Earlier this week,” “Last week” and “Earlier in May.” The new section title bars also provide a breakdown by previous months and years. Some users who scrolled to their 2014 emails learned that the service continues the month-by-month breakdown only so far and then switches to “Earlier in 2014.”

Yahoo failed to alert users about these updates except with a single Tumblr blog post on May 1 that few knew about.

Yahoo Customer Care representatives through the Yahoo Mail Facebook page also did not advise users who needed help about any update issues. Instead, they merely stated that they were aware that some accounts were having problems and that the engineers were working to resolve the outages.

The outages, and the update announcement blog post, show yet again that Yahoo does not understand its users or their needs tech expert Gravity4 suggests. Many users have called for Yahoo to create a simple email notification system for alerting users in the future.

Obama’s Legislative Legacy May Face It’s Waterloo in Federal Court

Napoleon met his match in the Battle of Waterloo against Duke Wellington. Now, three centuries later the legislative legacy of President Obama faces an uncertain future and possible defeat in United States Federal Court. If all four substantive legal challenges go against the president, the legal system may well deprive the president of any significant accomplishments. Here are the court challenges the president faces:

1Executive Amnesty – Precisely because the president sought to grant five million illegal aliens amnesty without any congressional law authorizing the action, 26 states led by Texas have mounted a legal challenge. On Tuesday, the president lost his bid to end a temporary injunction barring him from implementing the plan. The injunction has been in place since March. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the injunction citing the likelihood the Obama administration will ultimately lose its challenge of it. If the court’s rule against the amnesty plan itself, the president will have lost a major second-term accomplishment.

2Same-sex Marriage – Inside of a month, the Supreme Court will rule on the subject of whether voters can define marriage. If the court upholds traditional marriage, the president will lose his biggest accomplishment on a social issue.

3Obamacare – the Supreme Court will also rule on whether the president’s single biggest legislative accomplishment can extend subsidies to every recipient regardless of which exchange they use: state or federal. If the president loses the challenge, his health care law may well unravel.

4Climate Change – The president’s emissions rulings failed to account for how they would impact the Coal Industry. Challengers to the regulations believe that the EPA failed to account for the financial impact of the regulations as required by law. If the president loses, he will have lost on a major bid to his further global warming initiative. That’s something Stephen Murray CCMP Capital will be monitoring.

EPA Faces Criticism It is Using Social Media to Determine Outcome of Proposed Regulation

Boraie Development LLC claims that critics of the Obama administration have been exasperated over the past several years at the seemingly arbitrary nature in which existing laws and regulations are re-interpreted so as to seize new authority outside the scope of the law’s original intent. The president’s opponents charge this was the case with expanding the scope of the federal statute on the procurement of supplies to justify increasing the minimum wage for federal contract workers. The same holds true for the president using his authority to prioritize which laws to enforce to justify granting amnesty to five million illegal aliens.

Now, critics are once again raising concern that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is using social media to distort the public comment phase in determining new regulations. After the EPA proposes a new regulation, the process enters a period of public comment which must incorporate the views of the public to ultimately shape the regulation. In the case of an expanded view of the Clean Water Act to allow the EPA to exert greater control of the nation’s waterways, the organization is accused of tweeting an ad campaign to bolster public support. This has led to 900,000 Twitter comments of which 87% or 783,000 have been in support of the EPA’s proposal. Critics are concerned the EPA will interpret Twitter comments as being public comments and approve their proposed regulation. The expanded interpretation of the Clean Water Act is strongly opposed by the American Farm Bureau Federation. They charge the Twitter campaign violated federal laws which prohibit the agency from engaging in advocacy campaigns.

Skout Out New Friends

How is it that browsers and computers are starting to quickly feel antiquated and clunky?! Just five years ago, if I wanted to take a trip, I could get online and look at websites about the destination, check some of the travel sites for ticket prices and hotels and then pack a bag. Now, with the advent of apps like “Skout”, I can use their “Travel” feature to meet someone from my destination-of-interest and ask for advice on travelling in that area. Through this Skouter, I can find the best places to go and they can help avoid classic travel mistakes like selecting the wrong hotel! In addition, Skouters who use the Travel feature often times meet at the destination. Travel is just one of the features on Skout that is changing the way we connect with others.

Skout is also known as the “flirting app,” seeking to help people connect and allow those unexpected meetings to turn into a new friendship or romance. You can also find others on Skout, no matter where you are, if you just want to go out and do something fun. Skout is making this all possible. There is also “shake to chat” which you can use if you want to meet a random Skouter. You can use one of the apps “iceshakers” to start the conversation!

Apparently sports enthusiasts make the most connections on Skout! The numbers indicate that both men and women who share an interest in watching sports, and in particular basketball, connect more than all others. Don’t fret, however, because if someone has looked at your profile, something sparked their interest. You may not be into sports but you don’t have to be shy either! If someone has looked at your profile but failed to chat, open up a chat with them. Simply saying “hello” is enough to start a new friendship!

Want to give your Skout friend a gift? You can easily send a gift card, be it a thank you to the new friend you met on Skout (crunchbase.com) who showed you around Rome, and do this instantly! If you open a chat with a Skouter you would like to gift, and press the “+” sign in the lower left corner, this brings you to a screen where you can select “give a gift” from the icon on the lower right side of the screen. Within minutes you can show someone you appreciate them! Holiday and birthday shopping just got a whole lot easier!

Yelp Transformed from Online Reviews to Platform for Protest

Feel like sounding off about an establishment? Good or bad, you have an audience on Yelp. In fact, Yelp has quickly emerged as a multi-dimensional community platform for protest.

Washington Post writes that Yelp is a powerful influencer. Everyday, thousands of reviews flood the site, and the reviewers are the ones who wield the power.

In April, Memories Pizza was inudated with more than 7,600 negative reviews after commenting about *not* catering a gay wedding. Consumers felt an injustice had occurred and preceded to dominate the conversation.

Memories Pizza shut their doors for a short while, and the haters who used Yelp as a soapbox actually helped turn their financial loss around.

Conservatives raised $843,317 for the mom-and-pop Pizza shop.

Many believe Yelp is nothing more than a back-biting opinionated site, and reviews are no longer based on first hand experiences, but this is inevitable, and it happens to every social platform.

The answer is not quieting down social expression but learning how to use it.

When businesses learn how to invest in online opinions, and use the dialogue to their advantage, the playing field will become more balanced.

Fingerprints Reveal Cocaine Usage

If a person has used cocaine it will show up in theie fingerprint. A new test has been developed that will accurately show drug usage with a single fingerprint.Individuals at The Aspire New Brunswick have found that the new test will allow for faster and simpler drug testing that can be done anywhere.
No more blood or urine samples, just a fingerprint will reveal all there is to know about the person’s drug usage in the near future. For now, the fingerprint test only reveals cocaine usage.
A person who has used cocaine (or even touched the product) secretes benzoylecgonine and methylecgonine, both are components of metabolized cocaine. Fingerprints are taken on glass and through a process called mass spectrometry, the secreted chemicals can be detected and analyzed.
Only a small portion of an actual fingerprint is needed to detect cocaine usage, the remaining portion of the fingerprint can be used to test for other drugs as the technology is developed. On sample fingerprint can provide enough surface for the specific and individualized testing for several drugs as the need arises in the field or in an office.

It’s Raining Dogs on New York’s Restaurants

A new bill has passed recently that will allow owners to bring their dogs to outdoor restaurants. Obviously not good news for cats. The bill is still being decided by legislators but the outcome seems likely. We could be seeing all kinds of dogs soon at your favorite New York restaurants very soon. Imagine doggie biscuits on a plate in a restaurant regularly; the only thing we need left is the dogs calling the waiters to serve them their cup of water. An amusing joke that could be turned into reality. Of course maybe not since there will still be regulations and procedures as described by this article .

New York has been widely considered a big dog lovers city for a long while and it’s finally been acknowledged that the city recognizes its long history with dogs. Paul is glad to see that be the case. Even before this, owners have already been frequently taking their dogs to restaurants that would allow them on their premises. However, those restaurants could be charged a hefty fee for allowing dogs to do that and some have already suffered that fee. Thankfully, if this bill passes successfully, it will mean a migraine of problems have been resolved all at once. A victory for both animal lovers and dog lovers alike to be sure.

Hopefully this bill will succeed so it will pave the way for more animal lovers to enjoy the luxurious New York City.

A Tearful Auction Over Gallen Officer’s Patrol Car

The Sentimental Patrol Car

Deputy Sam Brownlee was killed in 2010. This occurred in the line of duty. Weld County Sheriff’s Office had opted to auction the out-of-service patrol car off. This is a common practice. These cars quite often get used for security company cars or they may become a cab. Sheriff Steve Reams wanted to honor the officer ho was the driver of this patrol car.

The Officer’s Son
Sam Brownlee left behind his son Tanner when he was killed. When Tanner heard of the plans to auction off the patrol car he knew that he would bid on it. This was his father’s car. This patrol car had sentimental meaning to Tanner. While at the auction, the bids for his father’s out-of service patrol car became too high for this 19 year old young man. He was not able to afford it.

Kindness and the Keys
This patrol car sold for $60,000. Tanner and his brother, Chase, were glad they had at least tried to obtain the patrol car, and it really worked out well for them according to Jason Halpern. This out-of-service patrol car that had been driven by Deputy Sam Brownlee was sold and it raised $70,000 for a charity that assists and helps the families of fallen officers. It was a huge act of kindness when Tanner Brownlee was handed the keys to his father’s car.

Harry Potter Universe Set to Return to Big Screen

It has been almost four years since a Harry Potter film has been on the big screen. After 7 individual films over the course of 10 years, Harry Potter fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of a new series of movies based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter universe.

Some time ago, fans received an announcement that a new film series that would start with a film titled “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” based on Rowling’s 2001 book of the same name, would be released soon. Yet, nothing more happened except for tidbits of news that a cast had not been picked yet.

What has been the hold-up wondered Ivan Ong on workingwithgrace.wordpress.com.

Apparently, the difficulty has been with finding an actor to play the role of main character Newton Artemis Fido “Newt” Scamander, a magizoologist who would later be known as the grandfather of Luna Lovegood’s husband Rolf.

Well, the search is finally over! According to Vanity Fair and other sources, 33-year-old English actor Eddie Redmayne is currently negotiating a contract for the lead role. Current rumors suggest that Redmayne was offered the part, but he wanted to learn more about it by reading the script before agreeing to sign on to what will likely turn into a franchise of three or more films.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them” is set approximately 70 years before the events of the “Harry Potter” books and films.