On speaking, thinking, and the future of democracy

first_imgJohn Bredin Dear Editor:Kudos to Sean Parker and Chamath Palihapitiya, two social media bigwigs who just blew the whistle on how their industry is destroying society. They ought to be short-listed for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.So, as it turns out, it really is both unhealthy and bizarre that a large percentage of our population now drifts through the day in a computerized trance, like electronic sheep tethered to their devices—counting dopamine-inducing “likes” for a cheap high (a new kind of drug-addict)—while ignoring the awe, wonder, and beauty of actual life; which includes conversations with, um, actual people….remember them?Having taught English at both the high school and college levels since 1997, I’ve had a front row seat for the great “erosion of conversation” in America. If I had a dollar for every student I reminded to turn off their Smartphone in class, to better engage in the joy of real conversation, I’d be a rich man today, worth more than my measly teacher salary ever paid me.Not only do poor conversational skills lead to an increase in personal boredom, social isolation, and a sense of alienation or atomization that destroys community (David Brooks has been excellent on this lately), it also paves the way for tyranny. Makes sense, right? If citizens can’t discuss political problems in a calm and rational manner, and without demonizing the other as “Trumpian” or “Liberal,” how can we explore solutions to these problems?Also crucial is the fascinating link between conversation and thinking. Socrates was onto this with his “dialogic method,” but the modern field of cognitive psychology went even further. Created by scholars like Frank Smith (a fierce critic of our testing-obsessed education system) and Jerome Bruner, who discovered that human beings think best in terms of stories, the work of cognitive psychologists needs to be paid more attention to.First, though, we need to shift education away from its current, shallow marketing orientation—of producing better technocrats for the global economy—to one that nurtures more humane, thoughtful, peace-loving citizens. As a first step in this direction, the link between education and democracy (which nobody talks about these days but which seemed obvious to Thomas Jefferson and John Dewey) ought to be known more broadly by the general public.To help this process along, my wife and I created a nonprofit TV show, “Public Voice Salon,” that cares less about pundits and celebrities than artists and thinkers whose ideas could change the world. This year we featured the anti-nuclear activist Alice Slater, who seeks to abolish all nuclear weapons, and Nel Noddings, a philosopher known for her pioneering “theory of care” in education.It might also be time to gather together, in cafes and bookstores and civic spaces, and even in our homes—shutting off our smart (dumb?) phones—to practice the sacred, ancient, democracy-saving art of conversation. Reactions to this letter are welcome at [email protected] last_img read more

Germany arrests four men from Tajikistan suspected of planning attack

first_img“Targets for the attacks were supposed to be institutions of US forces in Germany or even individual people,” said prosecutors in their statement.”In particular, they planned a murder attack on one person who had made public comments that they viewed as being critical of Islam,” the prosecutors added.The prosecutors said they believed the suspects had already carried out surveillance of the targeted individual and were procuring weapons, ammunition and components for a bomb.Prosecutors identified the suspects as Azizjon B., Muhammadali G., Farhodshoh K. and Sunatullokh K., in line with German privacy rules. The fifth man who is already in detention was identified as Ravsan B.  Topics : German police arrested on Wednesday four suspected members of Islamic State, all from Tajikistan, believed to have been planning deadly attacks in Germany, prosecutors said.Special forces in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia made the arrests near the cities of Essen and Duesseldorf and raided properties in the area.Prosecutors suspect the four men, with a fifth who has been in detention for the last year, of being in contact with leading members of Islamic State in Afghanistan and Syria and of receiving instructions from them.last_img read more

Twitter’s Vine App Officially Comes To Android

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Twitter will continue to add new features to Vine on both the iPhone and Android apps, including the capability to use the front-facing camera, search funtionality, Twitter mentions and hashtags and the ability to share Vine videos on Facebook. Vine will only be available to users on Android devices running version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher.  dan rowinski Tags:#Android#twitter Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Android users rejoice: Twitter’s popular Vine app has finally come to Google’s mobile operating system.Vine, the app that allows people to take short videos and post them to Twitter through their smartphones, has only been available to iPhone users since Twitter launched it in January this year. The app has proven popular, with 13 million users, according to Twitter. Now that Vine has reached Android, expect that number to grow very quickly.Vine for Android is a little bit different than it is for the iPhone. Twitter said that it is working to make the two flavors have the same capabilities in upcoming updates. The Vine for Android app lets you create the standard six-second video with sound and looping playback, an “Explore” button to discover popular Vine videos, a “Find Friends” feature where you can invite others to join and the ability to digitally zoom, the latter unavailable in the iPhone version.last_img read more

College Spun Is Looking To Hire A Full-Time Social Media Manager

first_imgCS Square LogoCS Square LogoCSsquarelogo-e1344353072209College Spun is expanding.College Spun, founded in September of 2012, is an independent sports blog that brings you the most interesting college athletics stories of the day. The publication, which reaches over three million unique readers per month, focuses on the social media aspect of the industry.We’re looking for one full-time social media manager to add to our staff for our Hoboken, New Jersey (next to NYC) office. Candidates must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and have a love for all-things college sports. The social media manager will work closely with the CEO and the editorial team to optimize College Spun’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine accounts. The ideal candidate will have 1-3 years of experience in the field.Qualifications:You must be entrepreneurially-minded and OBSESSED with college sports.You must have experience at an online publication.You must be well-versed in all forms of social media.You must be creative. We’re looking for someone to bring fresh ideas on how to market College Spun’s product.You must have experience with both photo and video editing.You must not care about a 9-5, Monday-Friday lifestyle. Games are all on nights and weekends.You must be competitive by nature and self-motivated.You must be willing to relocate to the NYC area.Think you’re the perfect candidate? Then we can’t wait to meet you. If that’s not you but you know someone else who is that person, please introduce us.To apply, please email [email protected] with your resume.last_img read more

Former Michigan State Punter Mike Sadler Also Killed In Car Crash That Took Nebraska Punter Sam Foltz

first_imgMichigan State's Spartan Stadium during the spring game.InstagramFormer Michigan State punter Mike Sadler was also reportedly killed in the car crash that took the life of Nebraska senior punter Sam Foltz this weekend. The two special teamers were reportedly attending a weekend punter’s camp. Foltz, 22, and Sadler, 24, were reportedly killed in an accident in Wisconsin. Many took to Twitter to pay tribute to Foltz and the same is being done for Sadler, who played for the Spartans from 2011-14. Sadler was a four-year starter at MSU and is second all-time in punts for the program. You were the definition of inspiration, leadership, intelligence, wit, and above all us my brother. RIP @Sadler_3 pic.twitter.com/m2QhaOHzSJ— Darien Harris (@DHarris_45) July 24, 2016 Michigan State punter Mike Sadler was also killed in the car crash with Sam Foltz. What a horrible, horrible day.— Matt Reynoldson (@Matt_Reynoldson) July 24, 2016 [email protected]_3 you were more than a great friend to me. You were my role model. Love you brother— Peter Mortell (@PMortell1) July 24, 2016 [email protected]_3 you were more than a great friend to me. You were my role model. Love you brother— Peter Mortell (@PMortell1) July 24, 2016 Mike Sadler was one of the funniest, most brilliant and hard working guys I had the honor of knowing. He will be missed greatly by many.— Johnny Hekker (@JHekker) July 24, 2016 Rest in peace Mike Sadler the funniest punter MSU has ever seen #GoGreen— Mitchell Hayes (@mitchellhayes_1) July 24, 2016 Sending prayers out to @MSU_Football and the Sadler family.— Kavon Frazier (@Kay_BlackSimba) July 24, 2016 R.I.P Sadler— Damion Terry (@DamionTerry) July 24, 2016Rest in peace, Mike and Sam.last_img read more

Charges laid after a Search Warrant Execution in Grande Prairie AB

first_imgPossession for the purpose of trafficking x 2.Fail to comply with release conditions.Chase COURTOREILLE (24) of Hythe, Alberta is facing the following charges;Possession for the purpose of trafficking x 2.Jason Scott HOLTZ (39) of Grande Prairie, Alberta is facing the following charges;Possession for the purpose of trafficking x 2.Possession of property obtained by crime.Possession of a controlled substance x 2.Three other individuals are facing the following charges;Possession for the purpose of trafficking.The accused parties are scheduled to appear in Provincial Court in Grande Prairie on various court dates.  No further details will be released at this time.Grande Prairie RCMP is committed to increasing community safety by using a crime reduction strategy that focuses on identifying repeat offenders, gathering intelligence, and conducting enforcement initiatives.If you wish to report a drug house in your neighbourhood, please call the confidential tip line at 780-830-7444.  If need to report a crime, please call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or call your local police detachment.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP General Duty members with the assistance from Police Dog Services executed a search warrant November 23, 2018.The warrant was initiated by information from a ‘report a drug house tip’ at a residence near 101 Ave in Grande Prairie A.B. A substantial quantity of methamphetamine and heroin was seized from the residence.  Six individuals have been arrested and are facing various charges in relation to this matter.Clint Wally BUNDY (49) Grande Prairie, Alberta is facing the following charges;last_img read more

Peace prevails Hill residents spend pollday in festive mood

first_imgDarjeeling: The Queen of the Hills retained the festive mood on Thursday that one usually witnesses on any poll day in the Hills. Clear blueskies and the mighty Kanchenjunga in the backdrop was a bonus. There was a forecast of thunderstorms on the poll day. Accordingly, the authorities had made adequate arrangements with tarpaulin sheets to provide shelter in case of heavy rains. However, being as unpredictable as Hill politics, the weather during the day remained bright and sunny, further lifting the spirits of voters. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFor Rama Das (name changed on request) a constable from Malda with the West Bengal police, it was a dream come true. From childhood she had dreamt of visiting Darjeeling and the election was the opportunity that she had been waiting for. She had been deputed for poll duty to Darjeeling. “In the morning when I woke up the sky was clear. A local colleague showed me Mount Kanchenjunga on our way to the booth, where I was assigned. It was a dream come true,” said Das. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe local residents were in a holiday mood. Having quickly finished the household chores, many took their children for walks while others visited friends and family. “I went and cast my vote early and then took my son to Chowrasta. The day was beautiful and relaxing. With sparse traffic today it had the feel of the Darjeeling of yesteryears,” said Sujata Tamang, a housewife. Even the tourists had a good time. “It doesn’t feel like an election at all. Everything was so quiet and peaceful. The only problem was that there was scarcity of both taxis and restaurants. Most of the restaurants were closed. However, we managed and spent the day walking to a nearby tea garden. It was a great experience,” said Ramesh Singh, a tourist from Patna. It was a great experience for the first-time voters as well. “I am a first-time voter. It was a great experience for me. My booth is located at St. Teresa School in Darjeeling. It is a booth managed by an all-women polling team. It was great to see them managing the whole process so smoothly. It is all about women empowerment,” stated Retika Thami, an 18-year-old student.last_img read more

Rep Tedders support for new Soo Lock reinforced following tour

first_img Categories: News,Tedder News State Rep. Jim Tedder spoke today on the need for a new lock at the Soo Locks facility in Sault Ste. Marie following a recent trip hosted by fellow Michigan legislators.State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, and state Sen. Wayne Schmidt, of Traverse City, hosted the event on July 18, which included legislators and other government officials. The tour provided a summarization of the system connecting Lake Superior and the Upper Peninsula to the lower Great Lakes.Chatfield introduced a House Concurrent Resolution in February to urge the President and Congress to fully fund the construction of a new larger lock to replace two existing, seldom-used locks. Congress authorized the construction in 1986, but it remains delayed due to a lack of federal funding.“The ramifications of not having a new lock constructed are steep and far-reaching,” said Tedder, of Clarkston. “With only one lock big enough to accommodate the largest tankers that travel on Michigan’s waterways, a shutdown due to damage or prolonged repair would have a drastic economic impact on the state, region and country.”The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimate that 11 million jobs would be lost nationwide as a result of the Soo Locks having to shut down for a period of six months.In a shorter shutdown timetable of 30 days, the estimated economic impact could reach as high as $160 million.The locks were constructed between 1896 and 1943 and handle 75 million tons of cargo each year. One hundred percent of the iron ore mined in the United States, an amount worth over $500 billion, moves through the Soo Locks annually.“I cannot overstate how dependent our country is on this one lock for everyday commerce,” said Tedder. “The information shows that within weeks of a shutdown, 100 percent of North American auto production would stop due to mined iron ore being unable to pass through. To keep Michigan and our country running at a high level, funds need to be assigned and delivered for this project and I encourage Michigan’s congressional members to make sure that happens.”State Reps. (from left) Lana Theis of Brighton, Jim Tedder of Clarkston and Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township speak with John Walsh of the governor’s office during a tour of the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie on July 18. 24Jul Rep. Tedder’s support for new Soo Lock reinforced following tourlast_img read more

The unconventional technologies that have unlocked

center_img The sixth new coke drum is lowered into place at the BP Whiting refinery (courtesy nwibq.com). Second, in the next year, 330,000 bopd of heavy oil refining capacity is expected to come online from the coker expansion underway at BP’s Whiting Refinery on the southern shore of Lake Michigan (see above). There’s also excess refining capacity along the US Gulf Coast due to the decrease of heavy oil production in Mexico and Venezuela. All these factors mean the price differential between WCS and WTI will narrow, increasing the profit of many Canadian players. Reason 3: Canada Will Find New Customers for Its Oil The United States has traditionally depended on Canada for much of its energy needs, and Canada depended on the United States as a friendly export market. However, this relationship is changing. With newfound oil sources in the US and the continued controversy and delays over Keystone XL, Canada is looking to hedge some of its risk by shopping its oil elsewhere. Suncor (SU.TO) is currently building an offloading terminal on the St. Lawrence River, for instance, looking to follow the lead of Husky Energy (HSE.TO), which now exports to India from offshore eastern Canada. Crescent Point Energy (CPG.TO) is following Husky’s and Suncor’s diversification efforts. On the West Coast, Imperial Oil (IMO.TO) is selling oil from its Kearl oil sands project to Malaysia. IMO transports it from Alberta southwest to the Vancouver port via the Trans Mountain pipeline. Builder and operator Kinder Morgan (KMP) is looking to increase capacity of the 60-year-old pipeline as much as 12 times, to 600,000 bopd. Then there’s the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to also transport heavy oil from Alberta to British Columbia coast, this time more due west to Kitimat for shipping to Asian markets. Like Keystone XL, construction of Northern Gateway is meeting a lot of opposition—and like Keystone XL, we think it will get built anyway. In short, Canada is finding eager customers for its oil with or without the United States. Reason 4: Technology Is Bringing Faster Profits Geologists consider the WCSB mature as far as conventional drilling is concerned—meaning most of the easy oil has already been pumped from the ground. What’s the game-changer now is unconventional technology—everything from horizontal (versus vertical) drilling to multiple wells branching out from a single well pad. Thanks to drilling achievements like longer horizontal bores, it’s taking less than nine months for many projects in the WCSB to recoup their costs. That’s good for two reasons: production brings in profit sooner, of course; and it also means the typically dramatic decline rate in production is less of an issue. Newer technologies such as zipper fracs—working two wells alternately from the same pad—are proving to increase initial production as well as speed up the payback period even more. The net result is lower-cost penetration in the WCSB. That’s bullish for the oil producers with the right acreage in the oil patch. Those are the ones more likely to pass on their profits to shareholders in the form of dividends. In a global market where investors are chasing yield, the WCSB is turning out to pay respectable yields at current natural gas and oil prices. But buyer beware: not all companies are the same, and many companies we’ve researched will have a difficult time maintaining their high yields. (If you’re interested in higher-risk/higher-reward mid-tier producers as well as large-cap companies, you may want to consider subscribing to our more in-depth newsletter, the Casey Energy Report. Two of the WCSB recommendations in our CER portfolio have done very well the past six months.) Reason 5: Natural Gas—WCSB’s Add-On Value The US bonanza in natural gas supply that resulted from the shale revolution hasn’t stopped the recent rally in North America’s natural gas prices. The Canadian dollar continues to weaken against the US dollar; we predict this trend will continue throughout 2014 and 2015. The Bank of Canada is in no rush to increase interest rates. Its latest Monetary Policy Report declared a “lower Canadian dollar should provide additional support” to the economy, which is certainly true for the WCSB. In fact, for every 10 cents the CAD weakens relative to the USD, the cash flows of exploration and production (E&P) companies increase by 15%. Reason 2: Drop in Oil Price Differentiallast_img read more

Teeka Tiwari Editor Palm Beach Confidential PS

first_imgTeeka Tiwari Editor, Palm Beach ConfidentialP.S. On Thursday night, media personality Glenn Beck and I hosted an exclusive live event called “The Great Cryptocurrency Conspiracy of 2018.” More than 100,000 people signed up to hear us reveal the truth about cryptocurrencies.We dispelled ALL the myths you’ve been hearing about bitcoin and other cryptos… and laid out the groundwork for how you can take part in the massive boom that’s right around the corner. I also revealed three of my top cryptocurrency recommendations for 2018—all for free.If you missed this big event, don’t worry. We’ve made a replay available right here. A Note on Crypto Risk ManagementCryptocurrencies are one of the few asset classes that can help you turn a small amount of money into life-changing gains.If you do invest in this emerging asset class, the Palm Beach Research Group always recommends that you take a small position size. That means if you’re an investor with a small account, you should place no more than $200–400 in each crypto trade. And if you have a larger account, you should place no more than $500–1,000 into each trade.Cryptocurrencies are volatile. So small position sizes will allow you to keep a cool head during extreme periods of volatility in the crypto market. — The Old Guard Doesn’t Like BitcoinBuffett and Munger aren’t the first smart guys to underestimate bitcoin.In 2013, famed economist Paul Krugman penned an article titled, “Bitcoin Is Evil.” And he still stands by that position. In 2016, he said that bitcoin was in a “bubble” when it was at just $350. Since then, bitcoin is up 1,850%. That shows you how smart Krugman is.In 2014, Seth Klarman (another one of our favorite value investors) said that “bitcoin is yet another bandwagon we are happy to let pass us by.” Since then, bitcoin has risen as much as 50 times higher. If your money manager said that he was okay with leaving a 50-bagger on the table, how long would you keep him around?In 2017, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said that he’d fire any of his employees who traded bitcoin for being “stupid.” He also called bitcoin a “fraud.” (Dimon later said that he regretted calling bitcoin a fraud.)Notice any similarities?Not only were these guys wrong… they missed out on the greatest investment opportunity of the 21st century.Bitcoin is up 9,642,757% since 2010. That’s right. If you invested $100 in bitcoin eight years ago, it would be worth about $9.6 million today.Now, these guys are successful, and they’ve made billions. But cryptos aren’t their expertise.If Charlie Munger told me about a great value idea, I’d back up the truck and buy. But I wouldn’t listen to his advice on bitcoin.But that’s not the biggest reason why I choose to ignore them.HypocrisyDo you know how much JPMorgan has paid to settle allegations of fraud during Jamie Dimon’s tenure? It’s in the billions. And there’s more… We’ve come to discover that while Dimon was calling bitcoin a fraud and knocking the price lower, his traders in London were actually buying bitcoin.Recently, Munger called bitcoin a “noxious poison,” while at the same time saying that Wells Fargo (Berkshire’s second-largest position) should be given a break by regulators.Think about that.Wells Fargo has been fined billions of dollars for falsifying millions of customer accounts… mortgage records… and auto insurance records—all to pump up fees. And Munger says that they should be given a “break.”I can barely breathe through the hypocrisy.In a blockchain world, Wells Fargo could never commit the fraud it’s been found guilty of. That’s because records are tamper-proof when they’re secured by a blockchain. No wonder the bankers and the old guard are so scared. In a blockchain-enabled world, we don’t need their institutions.I’ll leave you with this thought…If you are a lover of personal freedom, then you owe it to yourself to get educated on how digital currencies can liberate you from the limitations, onerous fees, and stifling regulations of our current financial system.Let the Game Come to You! — Recommended Link Advertising is DEADDid you hear the news? Facebook and other social networks are introducing ads using a rising tech that will allow users to try on sunglasses and makeup – right on their smartphones! And that’s not all it can do. To learn more about how to cash in this technology trend, click here.last_img read more