Every year, we hear of corporations spending millions of dollars to fund election campaigns, and while most people might find this harmless, the truth is that investing big money in politics does have repercussions. Democracy in its true essence implies that regulatory bodies such as the government work for the good of the people and not corporations. Although at this point of time many companies are investing large amounts of money in campaigns, this might soon be a thing of the past, due to the effort of Political Action Committees such as End Citizens United.
The Political Action Group, End Citizens United was founded on the principle that big money from businesspeople should not be utilized to fund election campaigns, as such funding usually involves untraceable payments. This group was established as a direct result of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision that allowed businesses to invest large amounts of money in political campaigns as the Supreme Court deemed that corporations are people as well.
End Citizens United aims to implement policies that are meant for people and not geared at helping corporations that fund these campaigns. The initiative to found this PAC was taken to prevent large enterprises from tipping the political power scales in their favor as End Citizens United believe, this is not a democracy, it is in fact up to an extend rigging the politics game in the nation through one way or another, and what End Citizens United knows.
Ongoing efforts are being made by End Citizens United to stop corrupt Republicans from entering politics. This PAC supports only Democrats who are interested in the financial reform of the country and are willing to work towards this goal. This group had recently announced its new list that consists of the top 20 vulnerable Republicans who are most likely to make mistakes in this year. The PAC is closely watching the movements of four particular Republicans that are, Mini Walters, Duncan Hunter, Darrell Issa and Dana Rohrabacher. These four California house members are under investigation for future misuse of election money with Duncan Hunter being in the lead followed closely by Darrell Issa.
Founded in 2015, End Citizens United believes in transparency in all political campaigns and transactions. This PAC has spent more than $25.5 Million towards supporting Democrats in 2016 to ensure that the USA is once again a truly democratic country. The group’s funding comes from thousands of supporters who are none other than regular working-class people and other grass root level donors. One of the main reasons American citizens support the cause of this group is because they feel that the current system does not work for them. A change is needed, and elections should not favor corporations, politics should not be rigged, and the system should support taxpayers who rightly deserve to see financial reforms implemented for the good of the common man.
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The Internet as we know it did not end with FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s decision to repeal Obama’s net neutrality measure, but activists were crestfallen anyway. The debate online reached heated levels, complete with dramatic threats and suicide pacts on the part of the activists. Now, the US Senate has amassed enough sponsors to block the FCC’s decision. If this goes through, the matter of whether to make the FCC be the steward of net neutrality might be taken out of Ajit Pai’s hands.
Ajit Pai isn’t necessarily taking a stance that the Internet shouldn’t be free and accessible to everyone, but merely that the FCC isn’t the organization to oversee it, and that this political battle is being stated on false fronts in the first place. Activists have framed it as “big corporations vs. the people,” but it’s actually “access providers vs. content providers.” Social media websites have taken up arms in activist support of net neutrality, while telecom companies have protested it. For Ajit Pai’s part, he tried to lighten the mood with a humorous video just before Christmas where he tried to communicate his aims via popular Internet memes such as Star Wars references and the Harlem Shake dance, but his pleas fell on deaf ears.
The actual policy that was set up for repeal is also widely misunderstood. Even reporters at Washington Post report the 2015 measure as having the effect of preventing Internet service providers from showing favorable traffic preferences based on websites or content. Surely, that was the eventual intent, but all that then-president Obama actually passed in 2015 was a reclassification of the Internet to fall under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. This act was initially designed to moderate communication “by wire and radio.” At this point, the political system is beginning to show its strain in trying to keep up with the rate of technology progress.
Nevertheless, this ad-hoc solution is widely seen as a step better than no steps at all, so pro-net-neutrality activists are vowing to make support of Title II Internet moderation a campaign issue.
Felipe Montoro Jens is a well-known businessman and infrastructure expert in Brazil. He is contracted by the government of Brazil as a consultant, overseeing several projects that are under the supervision of the Program of Partnerships and Investments, or PPI for short. One of his recent projects would be monitoring the auction conducted by the government to award several projects to private corporations. The auction took place in August, and 57 projects are slated to be given to private companies. The total amount of investment by the government is around the US $1.32 billion, and they are hoping for the projects to be finished before it hits the deadline.
Out of the 57 projects given to the private sector, more than half would commence in the second quarter of 2018. These include airports and other infrastructure projects across Brazil. It is also reported that several facilities owned by the government will be sold to private corporations, for them to manage. Felipe Montoro Jens agreed that the plan of the state to award several projects to the private sector would bring better results to the infrastructure network of the country. Other projects are scheduled to start in the latter part of 2018, and Felipe Montoro Jens will once again seat with several people from the government looking for solutions on how it will be awarded to the most deserving private company.
Some people are entirely against the PPI program of the government, but Felipe Montoro Jens explained to them that for a developing nation like Brazil, the PPI brings in a lot of help. In the past, Felipe Montoro Jens is instrumental in building airports, seaports, lighting, roads, and bridges all throughout the country. He is present at all hearing, and he has seen what the private corporations are offering the government to get the deal. With PPI, the government gets to choose which private company is willing to do the project for the lowest price with the best quality.
Talkspace offers an online platform and app where therapists and clients can send messages back and forth. The platform offers secure and confidential communications. Clients receive all the benefits of speaking with therapists as if it were in-person. Several of the biggest selling points of Talkspace is convenience and affordability, and many Talkspace users use both the video and audio functions of the platform.
Messaging with pictures also gives clients an opportunity to participate in therapy in a fun and engaging way. Therapists can also reply with photos if they choose. Some clients make great progress by using the app. Sometimes a moving image is all it takes to get the attention of a client. Then, they feel motivated to embrace their therapy on a different level. Messaging and communicating with pictures has proven, so far, to help some patients reach their mental goals.
A picture message can also make it easier for a person to present things for consideration. If a client struggles to describe a text message, or something posted to social media, they can present an image for consideration. Images can also serve as the context for something a person tries to explain.
Messaging with pictures is actually a new type of therapeutic dialogue. It encourages the use of a digital medium and complements the client’s ability to communicate. Quite often, users find themselves at a loss of words whereby it is difficult to express their thoughts in a text message. Talkspace lets clients deviate from having to rely entirely on speech to explain a problem or concern.
The end result of Talkspace is that it allows people to combine every type of communication they are comfortable with. Practitioners can use Talkspace to work with people from all walks of life. For the professionals at Talkspace, the most rewarding moments are when they see patients at their best.
The fact is that drunk droning is an escalating problem across the country. The popularity of the high tech drones is increasing along with easier access to more affordable drones. Now, drones are a frequent fixture in some communities. However, New Jersey legislators are simply tired of all the drunk droning. They approved a ban on operating those devices while drunk or high on a substance. In fact, anyone found operating a drone under the influence could get up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Passing The Bill
Now, it is all up to Governor Chris Christie. In the past, the New Jersey Governor did not see eye to eye with laws surrounding the usage of drones in the state. However, this bill is targeted at civilian drones. Therefore, there is a chance that the governor will sign the bill before his term in office is over. If the current governor fails to sign the bill, the new governor elect probably will do the honors.
One question quickly comes to mind. How do you know that the drone operator is drunk? Perhaps, you give them a breathalyzer test, check their blood alcohol levels? Another question arises. What constitutes that the drone operator is too drunk to operate a drone safely?
In some communities across the country, drones are becoming a big menace to everyday life. This is a welcomed law in numerous communities. Some drones have even interfered with airplanes and helicopters. Many find that drones are hazardous and endangering the sky’s. Now, place that drone in the hands of an operator that is high on some substance, and you have a disaster that is waiting to happen. Perhaps, the law is something that is highly required in places like New Jersey and other areas that have reported near collisions with drones operated by an owner that was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Knowing they could be punished for their behavior might stop recreational droning while drunk.
On Tuesday, CES 2018 kicked off with the launch of the latest health and beauty toys. The annual electronics trade show, held inside the Las Vegas Convention Center, featured the latest gadgets from cosmetics companies like L’Oréal and Neutrogena. Tech firms like Cal Comp Electronics and biotechnology firm LifeFuels also showcased their newest products.
L’Oréal has turned heads at CES this year with their innovative UV Sense nail sticker. The silicon sticker is designed to attach to fingernails where it monitors levels of UV radiation and time of exposure. Using a smartphone app, users can collect data from the UV Sense to find out their risk level from UV exposure. The app also recommends products to protect consumers from UV radiation. L’Oréal plans to roll out the wearable through dermatologists in 2018. The UV Sense will be available to the general public in 2019. The company hopes to retail their new product for around $40.
Virginia-based startup LifeFuels, which snagged a $5 million funding round from Trenor Williams in April 2017, has been attracting attention for their new smart water bottle. The LifeFuels bottle tracks water consumption and allows users to add minerals and vitamins to their daily hydration routine. The bottle earned a 2018 CES Innovation Award for its design.
Neutrogena took advantage of CES to debut their new iPhone attachment, the SkinScanner. The device attaches to the top of iPhones and analyzes skin problems. The technology detects wrinkles, dry skin and dark circles. The data is then processed by the company’s Skin360 app, which gives users a skin health score and recommends appropriate skincare products to alleviate obvious issues. The SkinScanner will be available to the public in June 2018 and will retail for around $50.
Taiwanese company Cal Comp debuted their new HiMirror Mini smart mirror at CES. The mirror, which resembles a tablet more than a conventional mirror, uses a built-in camera to monitor facial problems like redness and enlarged pores. The HiMirror can be controlled by gestures, voice or a remote control to avoid unsightly makeup smears on its lighted screen. It also integrates seamlessly with Alexa, allowing users to connect with their Amazon accounts to purchase more beauty products. The smart mirror is poised for a summer release and will be priced at $189.
Echo owners are finding that Alexa has more skills than they could have imagined, and if they can’t imagine a certain skill Alexa is more than happy to tell them “there is a skill for that.” With the new capability of suggesting skills Alexa will help people learn the full capability of their devices.
Alexa’s newest update takes a tried and true method straight from shopping on Amazon, Alexa will now suggest games for you when you are done playing one. Amazon has stated that this new feature is being received well.
With over 30,000 skills Alexa users might be left wondering which ones will be beneficial to them and are they missing out on any of the most helpful skills? According to CNet there are 40 must have skills. You can find them here: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/amazon-echo-most-useful-alexa-skills/
If 30,000 skills sound impressive check out the smart home capabilities Alexa has. Amazon is becoming a major contender in that market. Alexa can now control more than 4,000 smart home devices. According to Amazon tens of thousands of devices have already been connected to Alexa across the globe. With announcements at CES 2018 this number will most likely continue to grow despite Google making an appearance on the field.
At CES 2018 Alexa is giving Google some real competition. With both companies trying to make a splash in the virtual assistant market, Alexa still beats Google hands down with the capability of connecting to so many third-party devices.
Even as Google races to catch up, announcing plans to allow Google Assistant to help manage your home, Alexa also got some major boost announcements. Jabra unveiled Alexa capable headphones, Windows 10 is now going to be Alexa capable, and you will see Alexa Asus mesh routers.
Perhaps the biggest benefit Alexa has over Google Assistant is users already integrated Alexa into their homes. This makes them unlikely to switch to Google Assistant even if Google catches up on smart home integration.
With so many new skills and capable devices this year it will be interesting to see where Alexa goes from here.
CES 2018 officially launched on Tuesday with keynote speeches by Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, and Karen Chupka, the senior vice president of the organization. The trade show is hosted in Las Vegas annually by the Consumer Technology Association. Each year, electronics companies take advantage of the event to showcase their newest products.
This year’s offerings at CES have largely focused on robots. The Buddy companion robot manufactured by Blue Frog Robotics gained attention on the floor for its combination of personal assistant capabilities and mobile home security system functions. Sony also showed off the next generation version of Aibo, their adorable robotic dog. Currently available only in Japan, Aibo costs around $2,000 and can respond to simple commands ordering it to sit and shake. LG Electronics also showcased their own line of CLOi robots, designed to replace human waiters and porters. The South Korean company unveiled a shopping cart robot as part of their collection.
Many of this year’s gadgets are in the category of home electronics. LG finally revealed their new ThinQ smart fridge which they have been teasing on their website. The see-through fridge allows users to monitor the shelf life of food and remotely access a view of the interior. LG also debuted their new 65-inch rollable OLED TV. The screen can be rolled up for easy storage when not in use. Samsung turned heads with its massive new television screen. Dubbed the Wall, the 146-inch screen will allow consumers to enjoy films and television programs on a large scale in the comfort of their own homes.
Automobile companies joined the fray to exhibit their latest tech advancements. Chinese startup Byton flaunted their new electric SUV, a high-tech four-wheel drive designed to give Tesla a run for its money. Excitement grew among attendees when Nvidia announced a new partnership with Volkswagen and Uber to integrate the company’s self-driving technology into their cars. Uber plans to use Nvidia’s technology to launch a new cadre of self-driving vehicles that will expand their autonomous fleet. Not to be outdone, Intel unveiled their own self-driving car, a Ford Fusion equipped with Mobileye software. Intel also revealed that they will use the technology to build a smart map that will allow self-driving cars to safely navigate through city streets.
David Giertz is warning that if you are a financial advisor, you need to talk with your clients about social security. Otherwise, they will not be ready for retirement, and they may also leave you as a client.
He says that there are a lot of things that go into social security planning. For example, there is the age factor. Although you can start taking social security when you are sixty two years old, it is not always a good idea to do so. That is because you can lose out on future payments.
David Giertz explains that if you wait a little until you start taking your social security benefits, you can get an increased paycheck once you do start taking them. Many people are simply unaware of how much more money they will get each month. The answer is that at some times, they can lose up to twenty five percent or more. This means that instead of getting one thousand dollars a month, you will only get seven hundred and fifty dollars a month. Each year that you wait after your full retirement age, your paycheck will grow by eight percent. This means that if your retirement age is sixty six and you would have got one thousand dollars a month, you will now get thirteen hundred and twenty dollars. If you would have taken your social security benefits when you were only at sixty two years of age, you would be getting seven hundred and fifty dollars a month, which is a great deduction.
There are some other things you need to explain to your clients. For example, not everyone knows that depending on your situation, social security benefits may be taxed.
David Giertz says that some advisors are reluctant to speak about social security because there are so many rules, but he says that doing so is a must.
David Giertz is the President, Vice President, and Director of several Nationwide Financial companies.
David Giertz is a financial expert who has years of experience in the financial market.
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We’ve been hearing a great deal about net neutrality as of late. But what exactly is net neutrality? In short, it is the mechanism by which all of the internet must be treated equally in all forms. When you think of cable services, you know that some providers offer channels that are exclusive to that package. The idea behind this is that consumers will pay more in order to gain access to this exclusive content. The internet is quite the opposite however, while individual websites are able to charge consumers to access its content, internet providers are not allowed to do this. Internet providers are required to provide the same speeds of loading and overall quality for every website under current net neutrality rules implemented during the Obama administration back in 2015. If they were to be repealed we could start seeing a very different internet every time we log in to our laptops. Internet providers could drastically slow down certain websites in order to promote the use of their own versions of the same product. If two video streaming services are the same price but one consistently loads faster than the other then consumers will naturally gravitate towards the one that is most convenient. The problem with this is that the product may not actually be worse and in fact could be superior to the competition but an internet provider could artificially degrade its quality. Many news sources are covering this issue very closely and as new developments arise we will undoubtedly hear about them immediately. A fair internet means that no one can be discriminated against or lack access to information because of their inability to pay for it. The best way to speak out against a full repeal of net neutrality is to contact your state and local representatives to ensure that they understand the position on this issue of the people that they promised to represent and protect their best interest. The fate of Net Neutrality is actually not decided yet. What the FCC has voted on is only the first step of repealing the rules currently in place. Until the process is complete we will continue to have an internet that cannot be influenced in any way, shape, or form by those who provide it.