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The Positive Side of Negative Thinking

I grew up in a family that survived by preparing for the worst: blizzards, drought, broken fences, and the threat of wildfire.

There was a positive side to this negative thinking - as ranchers who made a living by raising cattle, we kept them fed, watered, and safe from Wyoming’s fierce winters and suffocatingly hot summers.

I remember Dad always anticipating the worst possible outcome as the severe seasons rolled by so he could prepare, and land on his feet when confronted with the unknown.

We planned ahead, by giving priority to what could go wrong. We were not optimists who hoped everything would go according to plan.

Both my Dad and my fellow workers were intelligent thinkers who were mentally tough. That is, they weighed the possibility of a negative outcome with equal heft as the possibility of a positive outcome. Intelligent thinking is another term for positive thinking.

Let me be clear - positivity is not optimism that always expects things to change for the better, nor is it pessimism that always assumes the worst will happen.

It is often as difficult for optimists to be positive thinkers as it is for pessimists. Positive thinking is not denying the contribution of negative thinking. In fact, it’s wise to prepare for the worst that could happen in business and life.



The term “positive thinking,” however, has been polluted by the relentless cheer of motivational speakers who pressure their audience by goading them to stamp out all traces of negativity.

While this approach seems to be popular with some audiences, it’s not a particularly sophisticated - or realistic - approach to life. Mental toughness is not being afraid of negativity; instead, it is learning how to harness its power so it works for you.

Here are 5 ways negative thinking can make you a positive thinker:

1. Be A Positive Thinker By Accepting Your Negative Emotions

Observe all of your emotions and sensations as they come to the surface - not just the feel-good ones. Do not try to suppress a negative emotion simply because it’s negative. Be honest about what you are feeling.

TIP: Acknowledge all of your emotions and try not to judge them as being positive or negative. Then let them pass. The key is to not dwell on those emotions which are counterproductive or undesirable.

2. Be A Positive Thinker By Embracing the Possibility of Failure

The all-positive approach of motivational speakers is relentless in its pursuit of perfection. The more realistic approach of positivity, on the other hand, does not reject failure. In fact, positive thinkers embrace failure as a challenge - a call to action to keep moving forward.

TIP: Do not give up and walk away, searching for something easier at which you will finally succeed. If achieving this goal is important to you, continue to approach the problem, but from different angles while at the same time honing your talents and skills.



3. Be A Positive Thinker By Looking for Positive Options

Positive thinking is embracing the reality of a negative outcome in a situation, but continually looking for and finding the positive options that every situation offers.

Thoughts are stubborn; once you let them take hold and grow roots, it is very difficult to erase them from your mind. Whatever grabs your attention rules your life. So, you need to control your thinking. Researchers confirm that the very thing your mind focuses on is the same thing that you will start to notice in your daily life.

Your survival instinct has warned you of the possible negative outcome; now, you need to counter that warning with a positive response that will prepare you as you move toward the obstacle.

TIP: Recognize the negative aspects of your situation, but don’t dwell on them. Turn your attention to the positive options available to you.

4. Be A Positive Thinker By Believing You Can Prevail

Positivity is believing we can prevail in our situation, regardless of the circumstances. Prisoners of war and Navy SEALS have found that their belief in their own ability to prevail in extreme and adverse conditions is what kept them alive.

Survival, in one form or another, is at the heart of mental toughness. It is prevailing over our circumstances and moving forward.

TIP: When things look tough, you will need to have the grit to be persistent and understand that failure is not the end - it simply represents another way to approach our situation.



5. Be A Positive Thinker By Differentiating Between Visioning and Fantasy

Visioning is based on solid science. By visioning our performance repeatedly, our brain stores that information as a success. And with each success, our brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine. This is the chemical that becomes active when we encounter situations that are linked to rewards from the past.

Use your dopamine not only to see rewards, but to move toward them.

Dreams can easily turn into fantasies if we let our thoughts get out of control, and fantasies can actually lessen our chance for success. Those who are adamant optimists about a positive future will experience a greater shock when things go wrong.

If people fantasize only positive beliefs about their future, they are less prepared and more stressed when things don’t workout they way they had hoped.

TIP: For you to be a leader, you must see things as they really are. Then see them the way you can make them better.

Mental toughness is not just surviving through tough times, it is thriving, and not letting the environment control your thinking. Don’t pretend the negative aspects of your situation don’t exist, but don’t dwell on them.

Instead, believe you will prevail by looking for, and finding, positive options.




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New Bionics... lets us run, climb & dance!

Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago. Now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab's Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that's both technical and deeply personal.

With the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDsNZJTWw0w



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In our personal or professional lives… learn why authentically caring about others and 'their needs' is so important

If you’ve been in the professional world, corporate or otherwise, for any length of time, you’ve heard about the importance of communicating benefits.

Communicating benefits is one of those basic block and tackling skills that rarely get taught in high school, or even college for that matter (like balancing a checkbook – what’s with that?), but something every professional needs to master.

The problem is that most of us understand the benefits-thing on a just a cerebral level. We understand that we should communicate them. 

We understand what to do. But like every skill, there’s a vast difference between logically understanding something and really “getting it” on a deep internal level, why it matters and how to authentically, mindfully, and effectively do it.

I remember, awhile back, shopping for a new sofa sectional. As a sectional can be a pretty big ticket item, you tend to get a lot of love from the furniture sales people. They, like many other professionals, have clearly taken something akin to Communicating Benefits 101. 



I was the recipient of a number of sectional-benefit-monologues that hit all the highlights: comfort, design, durability (with a very active kiddo at home, that one was a big deal). And even though they said the right things – they used the skill – it didn’t have the impact that they were hoping for. I didn’t buy.

It’s not unusual for all of us, especially leaders, to fall into the furniture-sales-people-trap. We tend to get very focused on achieving the short-term goals in front of us and take what we perceive to be the fastest route to making stuff happen. We often say the right things but it’s not having the impact we’re hoping to have. People aren’t “buying”.

I was doing some work not long ago with an organization that was quickly transforming from being a small company to a big company due to some major acquisitions. Change was happening at the speed of light. New processes and systems were being implemented left and right. 

Tensions were high. People were being told what to do. Leaders weren’t taking the time to communicate the benefits around why things were being done and why it matters to, not just the company, but to the people involved in the changes themselves.

In other words, people didn’t know why they should care. So they didn’t (care, that is). They did the opposite. They did what they were told but were emotionally fighting it at every step – ensuring that the change would take longer, be less effective, and much more costly.



If you want people to care enough to support a change, they need to understand why things are being done and why it matters – not just to the company, but to the people involved.

I can’t help but remember a project I was wrapping up a few years ago, during which I had been working with the same 22 people every month for six months, reviewing and building on what they’ve learned. 

At the end of the six months, as we were sharing around the room “biggest take-aways” and “what they’ll do differently” a young leader said, “My biggest take-away was the benefits thing. In the past, I didn’t really care why something was important to my team; I just wanted them to do their job. But now I realize that if I don’t care, why should they?”

When it comes to communicating benefits, we can say the right things. We can do the right things. We can check it off the list. But understanding how to use the skill won’t get us there. We have to find a way to shift from logically understanding to really “getting” that if we as leaders don’t genuinely care, neither will they.


If you don’t genuinely care as a leader, neither will the people you lead. Maybe authentically caring about what is truly most important to the people you want to have “buy (in)” is what it takes to really close the deal.



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In case you haven't heard, or you are oblivious to the news of the day... America's 'Debt Limit' is now again the latest fabricated crisis in Washington.

Today is June 24th... and your taxes are still going up... and our country is virtually bankrupt. The U.S. government spends $10.5 billion dollars per day - of which $4.5 billion dollars is borrowed! That means we are going $4.5 billion dollars deeper in the hole - each and every day. Yet Obama pretends all is well. Obama's debt comes right out of your pocket... 

Our nation-state is no model of fiscal responsibility. When Barack Obama took office, the national debt was already an impressive $10 trillion. Today it is $18.5 trillion. The national debt is still growing at a rate of more than $50 million an hour. 

Here's Obama's "bull crap" for the week... 06/24/2016



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21 NEW Corrupt “Clinton Cash” revelations… that have imperiled Crooked Hillary’s campaign of lies

Prior to the release of the New York Times bestselling investigative exposé Clinton Cash by Government Accountability Institute President and Breitbart Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer, Hillary Clinton and her supporters claimed she was among the most vetted political figures in America - a candidate about whom everything was known.

Yet as media outlets across the ideological spectrum have confirmed and verified the book’s explosive revelations about Clinton’s tenure as Sec. of State and the influx of hundreds of millions of dollars from foreign sources into the Clinton Foundation, the nation has learned much it did not know.

Subsequent reporting by national news outlets has expanded on the book’s findings using its investigative methodology.

Indeed, the dizzying flurry of resulting Hillary Clinton Foundation scandals has been difficult to keep up with. As CNN’s John King put it on Sunday, “You can’t go 20 minutes in this town, it seems, without some sort of a story about Clinton Foundation that gives you a little bit of the creeps.”

Early on, as Clinton Cash bombshells began appearing in the New York Times, Washington Post, New Yorker, Bloomberg, and elsewhere...

Hillary Clinton’s campaign sought to calm nervous campaign donors by announcing the creation of a special “rapid response” War Room aimed at combating a book, an unprecedented move in the annals of modern presidential campaigning.



The Clinton campaign team built a website called “The Briefing,” issued memos, and tasked an eight-person team to create videos featuring embattled Clinton spokesperson Brian Fallon as he awkwardly and unsuccessfully attempted to smear Peter Schweizer.

Team Clinton’s message: all of Clinton Cash’s revelations are incorrect or merely “coincidences.”
Yet as the nation’s largest news organizations began to confirm finding after finding, the Clinton campaign did the only thing it could: it gave up in its attempts to refute the swelling avalanche of now well-established facts.

Indeed, the Clinton campaign’s last video response on its “The Briefing” YouTube page is dated May 5th—Clinton Cash’s official launch date.
To date, Hillary Clinton has yet to substantively answer a single question from the mountain of Clinton Cash questions that continue to pile up with each passing day.

The result: according to Tuesday’s CNN poll, the “Clinton Cash Effect” has rendered Hillary Clinton historic new lows in her favorability with American voters.

Below we chronicle just 21 of the myriad Clinton Cash-related revelations that have emerged since the book’s publication - all of which have been confirmed and verified as accurate by national media organizations.



Huffington Post: Clintons Bagged at Least $3.4 Million for 18 Speeches Funded by Keystone Pipeline Banks

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and TD Bank - two of the Keystone XL pipeline’s largest investors - fully or partially bankrolled eight Hillary Clinton speeches that “put more than $1.6 million in the Democratic candidate’s pocket,” reports the Huffington Post.

Moreover, according to Clinton Cash, during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Sec. of State, Bill Clinton delivered 10 speeches from Nov. 2008 to mid-2011 totaling $1.8 million paid for by TD Bank, which held a $1.6 billion investment in the Keystone XL pipeline.

The Clintons’ speaking fees windfall, which has infuriated environmental groups, have yet to be addressed by Hillary Clinton.

New York Times: Clinton Foundation Shook Down a Tiny Tsunami Relief Nonprofit for a $500,000 Speaking Fee

Bill Clinton refused to give a speech for a tiny nonprofit seeking to raise money for tsunami victims until the group agreed to pay a $500,000 speaking fee to the Clinton Foundation.

The Times reported that the Clinton Foundation “sent the charity an invoice,” which “amounted to almost a quarter of the evening’s net proceeds - enough to build 10 preschools in Indonesia.”

New York Magazine: Clinton Foundation “Strong-Armed” Charity Watchdog Group

When “the Clinton Foundation wound up on a ‘watch list’ maintained by the Charity Navigator, dubbed the ‘most prominent’ nonprofit watchdog,” reported New York Magazine writer Gabriel Sherman, “the Foundation attempted to strong-arm them by calling a Navigator board member.”



International Business Times: Hillary Clinton’s State Dept. Gave Clinton Foundation Donors Weapons Deals

Under Clinton’s leadership, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments have given money to the Clinton Foundation, according to an IBTimes analysis of State Department and foundation data,”reports IBT.

“That figure - derived from the three full fiscal years of Clinton’s term as Secretary of State (from October 2010 to September 2012) - represented nearly double the value of American arms sales made to the those countries and approved by the State Department during the same period of President George W. Bush’s second term.”

Salon, MotherJones, HuffingtonPost, Slate, and several other liberal publications reported on IBT’s findings.

Washington Post: Clintons Hid 1,100 Foreign Donor Names in Violation of Ethics Agreement with Obama Admin.

Clinton Cash revealed five hidden foreign donations. On the heels of the book’s publication, the Washington Post uncovered another 1,100 foreign donor names hidden in the Canada-based Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership - a Clinton Foundation initiative Bill Clinton erected with controversial billionaire mining executive Frank Giustra.

“A charity affiliated with the Clinton Foundation failed to reveal the identities of its 1,100 donors, creating a broad exception to the foundation’s promise to disclose funding sources as part of an ethics agreement with the Obama administration,” reports the Washington Post.

“The number of undisclosed contributors to the charity, the Canada-based Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, signals a larger zone of secrecy around foundation donors than was previously known.”

In a follow-up story, the Post reports that only 21 of Frank Giustra and Bill Clinton’s secret 1,100 foreign donors have subsequently been revealed. If and when the other 1,079 hidden donors names will be revealed is presently unclear - and will be the subject of forthcoming investigative reports by Breitbart News.



Vox: At Least 181 Clinton Foundation Donors Lobbied Hillary’s State Dept.

“Public records alone reveal a nearly limitless supply of cozy relationships between the Clintons and companies with interests before the government,” reports Vox. “There’s a household name at the nexus of the foundation and the State Department for every letter of the alphabet but “X” (often more than one):

Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, Chevron, (John) Deere, Eli Lilly, FedEx, Goldman Sachs, HBO, Intel, JP Morgan, Lockheed Martin, Monsanto, NBC Universal, Oracle, Procter & Gamble, Qualcomm, Rotary International, Siemens, Target, Unilever, Verizon, Walmart, Yahoo, and Ze-gen.”

BuzzFeed: Two of Hillary Clinton’s Top Donors Were Major Felons

When Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2008, two of her biggest fundraisers were conducting massive Ponzi schemes. One was Hsu, who posed as a garment tycoon, and is now serving a 24-year sentence in federal prison in Milan, Michigan. The other, Hassan Nemazee, is serving a 12-year sentence in Otisville, New York, for bank fraud.

He used fake documents and nonexistent loans to trick bankers into extending him more credit,”reports Ben Smith of BuzzFeed. “Those two convictions cast light on a central perplexity of the 2016 presidential cycle, and its ‘Clinton Cash‘ phase:

Why are shady people with murky interests always hanging around political superstars, and particularly Bill and Hillary Clinton?”



Daily Beast: Clintons’ Charity Scored Millions from Qatar and Donations from Corrupt FIFA Soccer Organization

“The Clinton global charity has received between $50,000 and $100,000 from soccer’s governing body and has partnered with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association on several occasions, according to donor listings on the foundation’s website,”reports The Daily Beast.

“Qatar 2022 committee gave the foundation between $250,000 and $500,000 in 2014 and the State of Qatar gave between $1 million and $5 million in previous, unspecified years.”

Associated Press: The Clintons’ Have a Secret “Pass-Through” Company - WJC, LLC

“The newly released financial files on Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s growing fortune omit a company with no apparent employees or assets that the former president has legally used to provide consulting and other services, but which demonstrates the complexity of the family’s finances,” reported the AP.

“The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to provide private details of the former president’s finances on the record, said the entity was a ‘pass-through’ company designed to channel payments to the former president.”

Hillary Clinton has yet to release the names and amounts of the payments that flowed through the hidden WJC, LLC, company.



New York Times: Hillary Funneled $10K Monthly Payments to Sidney Blumenthal Through Clinton Foundation

An examination by The Times suggests that Mr. Blumenthal’s involvement was more wide-ranging and more complicated than previously known, embodying the blurry lines between business, politics and philanthropy that have enriched and vexed the Clintons and their inner circle for years,” reports the Times.

“While advising Mrs. Clinton on Libya, Mr. Blumenthal, who had been barred from a State Department job by aides to President Obama, was also employed by her family’s philanthropy, the Clinton Foundation… and worked on and off as a paid consultant to Media Matters and American Bridge, organizations that helped lay the groundwork for Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 campaign.”

New Yorker: Bill Clinton Scored a $500,000 Speech in Moscow Paid for by a Kremlin-backed Bank

The New Yorker confirms Clinton Cash’s reporting that Bill Clinton bagged $500,000 for a Moscow speech paid for by “a Russian investment bank that had ties to the Kremlin.”

“Why was Bill Clinton taking any money from a bank linked to the Kremlin while his wife was Secretary of State?” asks the New Yorker. To date, Hillary Clinton nor her campaign have answered that question.



Washington Post: Hillary Clinton’s Brother Sits on the Board of a Mining Co. that Received a Coveted Haitian “Gold Exploitation Permit” that Has Only Twice Been Awarded in 50 Years. Rodham Met the Mining Executive in Charge of the Company at a Clinton Foundation Event.

“In interviews with The Washington Post, both Rodham and the chief executive of Delaware-based VCS Mining said they were introduced at a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative - an offshoot of the Clinton Foundation that critics have long alleged invites a blurring of its charitable mission with the business interests of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their corporate donors.”

“Asked whether he attends CGI meetings to explore personal business opportunities, Rodham responded, ‘No, I go to see old friends. But you never know what can happen.’”

New York Times: Court Proceedings Reveal Hillary’s Brother Claimed Admits Clinton Foundation and the Clintons Are Key to His Haiti Connections

“I deal through the Clinton Foundation,” Tony Rodham said according to a transcript of his testimony obtained by The Times. “That gets me in touch with the Haitian officials. I hound my brother-in-law [Bill Clinton], because it’s his fund that we’re going to get our money from. And he can’t do it until the Haitian government does it.”

Wall Street Journal: Clinton Foundation Violated Memorandum of Understanding with the Obama Admin. By Keeping Secret a Foreign Donation of Two Million Shares of Stock from a Foreign Executive with Business Before Hillary’s State Dept.

Clinton Cash revealed that Canadian mining tycoon Stephen Dattels scored an “open pit mining” concession at the Phulbari Mines in Bangladesh where his Polo Resources had investments. The coveted perk came just two months after Polo Resources gave the Clinton Foundation 2,000,000 shares of stock - a donation the Clinton Foundation kept hidden.



New York Times: Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Claims She Had No Idea Her State Dept. Was Considering Approving the Transfer of 20% of U.S. Uranium to the Russian Govt. - Even as the Clinton Foundation Bagged $145 Million in Donations from Investors in the Deal

In a 4,000-word front-page New York Times investigation, the Times confirmed in granular detail Clinton Cash’s reporting that Hillary’s State Dept. was one of nine agencies approving the sale of Uranium One to the Russian government. “The sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States,” reports the Times.

The Times then published a detailed table and infographic cataloging the $145 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation made by uranium executives involved in the Russian transfer of 20% of all U.S. uranium.

Bloomberg: A For-Profit University Put Bill Clinton on Its Payroll and Scored a Jump in Funding from Hillary Clinton’s State Dept. When Clinton Cash Revealed the Scheme, Bill Clinton Quickly Resigned.

Even as Hillary Clinton and Democrats continue to blast for-profit colleges and universities, Hillary Clinton’s campaign continues to stonewall questions about how much Bill Clinton was paid by Laureate International Universities, one of the largest for-profit education companies in the world - and an organization that has underwritten Clinton Foundation events.

As soon as Clinton Cash revealed Bill Clinton spent years on Laureate’s payroll, the former president quickly resigned.
According to an analysis by Bloomberg: “in 2009, the year before Bill Clinton joined Laureate, the nonprofit received 11 grants worth $9 million from the State Department or the affiliated USAID.

In 2010, the group received 14 grants worth $15.1 million. In 2011, 13 grants added up to $14.6 million. The following year, those numbers jumped: IYF received 21 grants worth $25.5 million, including a direct grant from the State Department.”


Hillary Clinton has refused to answer questions about the Clintons’ income from the for-profit education company.



New York Times: The Head of the Russian Govt’s Uranium Company Ian Telfer Made Secret Donations Totaling $2.35 Million to the Clinton Foundation - as Hillary Clinton’s State Dept. Approved the Transfer of 20% of All U.S. Uranium to the Russians

Ian Telfer, the former head of the Russian-owned uranium company, Uranium One, funneled $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation - donations that were never revealed until Clinton Cash reported them and the New York Times confirmed them.
Hillary Clinton has yet to answer a single question about Uranium One.

Washington Post: Bill and Hillary Clinton Have Made at Least $26 Million in Speaking Fees from Entities Who Are Top Clinton Foundation Donors

According to the Post’s independent analysis, “Bill Clinton was paid more than $100 million for speeches between 2001 and 2013, according to federal financial disclosure forms filed by Hillary Clinton during her years as a senator and as secretary of state.”

The Post added: “Bill Clinton was paid at least $26 million in speaking fees by companies and organizations that are also major donors to the foundation he created after leaving the White House, according to a Washington Post analysis of public records and foundation date.”



Washington Free Beacon: Former Clinton Campaign Operative-Turned-ABC News Host George Stephanopoulos Failed to Disclose His $75,000 Donation and Deep Involvement in the Clinton Foundation Before Launching an Attack Interview Against Clinton Cash Author

Clinton political operative-turned-ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos infamously hid his $75,000 Clinton Foundation donation from ABC News viewers before launching a partisan attack “interview” with Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer.

Roundly condemned by numerous journalists, Stephanopoulos apologized and received zero punishment from ABC News. Hillary Clinton’s campaign then used footage from the Stephanopoulos’ attack “interview” with Schweizer in its political campaign videos.

“It was outrageous,” said former ABC News anchor Carole Simpson.
Hillary Clinton has yet to answer whether her campaign coordinated with Clinton Foundation donor George Stephanopoulos.

CNBC: Clinton Foundation Mega Donor Frank Holmes Claimed He Sold Uranium One Before Hillary Clinton’s State Dept. Approved the Russian Transfer - Despite His Company’s Own SEC Filings Proving Otherwise

In a highly embarrassing CNBC grilling, Clinton mega donor and uranium executive Frank Holmes claimed he sold his Uranium One stock well before Hillary Clinton’s State Dept. greenlit the transfer of 20% of all U.S. uranium to the Russian government in 2010.

However, according to his company’s, U.S. Global Investors, own 2011 SEC filing, Holmes’ company did, in fact, still hold Uranium One stock, a point he later conceded.



Politico: Hillary’s Foundation Accepted $1 Million from Human Rights Violator Morocco for a Lavish Event

“The event is being funded largely by a contribution of at least $1 million from OCP, a phosphate exporter owned by Morocco’s constitutional monarchy, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the event,” reports Politico.

“But in 2011, Clinton’s State Department had accused the Moroccan government of ‘arbitrary arrests and corruption in all branches of government.’”
ABC News similarly confirmed the Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of the unseemly funds.

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Hillary Clinton has refused to substantively answer a single question related to the above 21 revelations, or the scores of others not reflected above.

In answer to a question about Clinton Cash, Bill Clinton said the book “won’t fly.” The book has remained on the New York Times bestseller list three weeks in a row after debuting at number two.

Now, with Hillary Clinton’s poll ratings at all-time lows, Americans and the nation’s journalists eagerly await the chance to hear Hillary Clinton’s answers to the growing mountain of Clinton Cash-related revelations, investigative findings that have consumed and imperiled her candidacy.



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Cool Photos


Hundreds of people gather at a memorial outside of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to place tributes and flowers in honor to the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 13. A total of 50 people including the suspect were killed and at least 53 others were injured in the attack at the LGBT club.




A giant sculpture titled 'Pop Up' by Ervin Herve-Loranth takes pride of place in Szechenyi Square in Budapest, Hungary.




Women react as they watch cyclists participate in the World Naked Bike Ride, which organizers say is a protest against reliance on cars and oil, on Westminster Bridge London, June 11.




Pope Francis caresses a tiger during audience to the "World of Travelling Shows" at Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, June 16.




Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., riding Creator, reacts as he's walked to the winner's circle after they won the 148th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 11.




A photograph taken from above the service of thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday at St Paul’s Cathedral. The Queen was in good company with two other famous nonagenarians playing key roles. The naturalist Sir David Attenborough, who turned 90 on 8 May, read Reflections on the Passing of the Years, written by Michael Bond, who gave the world Paddington Bear and who celebrated his 90th birthday on 13 January.




This unlucky fish came unstuck when it was ‘swallowed up’ by a roaming jellyfish in waters off Byron Bay. The shot was captured by ocean photographer Tim Samuel, who says the fish was still alive and fighting to escape. ‘It was able to propel the jellyfish forward and controlled its movement to an extent. The jellyfish threw it off balance, though, and they would wobble around, and sometimes get stuck doing circles.’




A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waits for a campaign rally to begin at the Richmond Coliseum. Trump has been mired in controversy after asserting that the federal judge presiding over a lawsuit against him is biased because he is ‘Mexican’. The comments have been called racist by many in his own party, including Speaker Paul Ryan and led to Illinois senator Mark Kirk withdrawing his endorsement of his party’s nominee.




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Friday-funnies...

Do what you love... love what you do!

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." -- Albert Einstein

“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” -- E.B. White

In the end... we only regret the chances we didn't take. Live life on purpose!

When life is rough... PRAY! When life is great... PRAY!



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Crooked Hillary and DC Libs says, "Democrat Voters are Stupid!"

It seems that most of Hillary supporters are “With Her” - not based on her principles - but based entirely on her anatomy. Which, aside from sounding a bit sexist, is a horrible way to pick an overlord.

The Democrat party has sunk so low under Obama & Clinton - there is no longer any effort to pretend honesty or integrity. Liberal elites and liberal media constantly lie to their own voters - and it works!

In fact, liberalism is literally just a slimy criminal enterprise now. And the Democrat voter has become so brainwashed, they're completely unaware that their own party is crapping on them? Hence, the revised name: THE DEM-O'CRAP PARTY!

Website: http://clashdaily.com/2012/11/james-carville-says-80-of-democrats-are-politically-clueless/



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"We could rebuild every inner city in America... with the amount of money Clinton intends to spend on admitting Muslim refugees." -- Donald Trump speech, 06/22/2016

Trump speech accuses Clinton of corruption & lies

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump lashed out at his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's policies and personal record on Wednesday, accusing her of perfecting "the politics of personal profit and theft."

In a fiery speech in New York, Trump argued that the former secretary of state is part of a political establishment that has cheated American workers through bad trade deals and endangered U.S. national security. Trump painted a picture of Clinton as an unethical insider."

Hillary Clinton may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency of the United States," he said, accusing her of having run the State Department "like her own personal hedge fund."

The businessman also repeated accusations that Clinton's decisions as America's top diplomat were influenced by donations to her family's Clinton Foundation and associated charities.

The corrupt Obama State Department has said it is not aware of any evidence of improper influence, although it has acknowledged that several donations from foreign governments should have been submitted to the department's ethics advisors for prior review but were not, in breach of an ethics agreement Clinton signed before taking office.

Trump also said Clinton had used bad political judgment in her four years as secretary of state, failing to stop the rise of Islamic State, keep strong sanctions on Iran or avoid chaos in Libya.

"Her decisions spread death, destruction and terrorism everywhere she touched," Trump said.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUW2-MUonbo



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Four “common sense" cures that are total snake oil

The common cold is so common that we put "common" in its name. If it was like consumption, then we might call it the uncommon cold, or even the rare one. But no, that stuff is common. Basic bothersome disease is what it is, and that's how we treat it. We don't respect the cold. We start getting a cough and a runny nose, and what do we do?

Something like stocking up on vitamin C and zinc. Well, good luck with that, because all those common-sense cures for common illnesses are as useless as the illnesses themselves. By which we mean lies. Ineffective lies.



4. Vitamin C

According to the internet, you can cure cancer with vitamin C, but only if you read the headline and not the body of any scientifically sound article on the subject. Because the body will then explain how they've used vitamin C in trials for about 40 years now, and have never cured cancer with it a single time.

Though it did seem to maybe have luck slowing the rate of cell growth once ... with a super high dose of intravenous vitamin C. But your Flintstones chewables will probably do the trick if you double up.

Why does everyone and their uncle still think Vitamin C can cure cancer, leprosy, and gout? One man: Linus Pauling. The guy was a veritable genius for a portion of his career, and he won two different Nobel Prizes all on his own.

It's just that one day, another doctor who had gotten his PhD from an unaccredited correspondence school told him that 3,000 mg of Vitamin C a day would make him live another 25 years, and he bought it.

He bought it so hard that he wrote books about it telling everyone else to do it while he was up to 18,000 mg a day. That is some "sell the cow to a maniac in exchange for some magic beans."



3. Echinacea

There are two facts you need to know about Echinacea before you use it to treat any illness. The first is that it is not a main character from the Mesopotamian epic of Gilgamesh. That's Enkidu. The second is that it does nothing, so throw it away. It can't even cure Gilgamesh of his arrogance. Pile of crap.

Back in the 1960s, when your grandma was looking super hot, a Swiss fellow was on a trip across America. In South Dakota, he discovered Echinacea, and the noble Native Americans explained to him how they had used this sacred herb for generations to prevent and cure illnesses such as the common cold.

Except maybe they pointed to a different plant. Or maybe Swiss Miss didn't speak English so good. In any event, the Natives didn't tell him they'd been using Echinacea to cure jack and that it was just a mistake, and he took the stuff back home.

Now, 50 years later, you can bet your ass someone is making millions of dollars off of Echinacea sales thanks to people who don't know any better.

So a Swiss man who made health supplements for a living started the Echinacea industry, and let's just assume he took the Natives at their word (or since maybe they never told him anyway, that he pretended to take them at their word), and started selling Echinacea as a miracle herb.

The New England Journal of Medicine, using things like peer review and double blind tests and science and whatnot, concluded that there's really no evidence at all that Echinacea has any effect on a cold.



2. Zinc

Americans spend over $100 million a year on zinc supplements, so the word is definitely out that this metal does something.

It's mostly marketed as a way of relieving cold symptoms, and it stands to reason that since zinc is a metal and a cold is caused by a virus, that the zinc will stab the virus to death with little metal hands and your nose will stop running. But, and be prepared to be totally boogalooed by this little chestnut, it turns out there's no science backing that up at all.

As it happens, a few studies indicate zinc may lessen the duration of a cold, but not that it can prevent one or affect symptoms. All in all, that's better than nothing, right? It would be if that's all zinc did, but that's not all zinc does.

It's mostly famous for causing nausea, because you're just eating a metal, and also for giving you chronic toilet mouth. Again, because it's a metal. It makes your mouth taste metallic. So now you have that going on and the trade off is your cold lasts a day less. Worth it yet?



1). Hand Sanitizer

A fun product to use in this modern world when you can't find the time or place to wash your hands, is hand sanitizer. You can be non-hygenic all you want, and then a little squirt resets your clock - just like how saying sorry to a priest absolves you of all those fires you set. Sweet deal. Only is it really that easy?

First and foremost, stop setting fires. Secondly, wash your hands with soap, you butt-fiddler. Next, as far as sanitizer is concerned, use this stuff in a pinch or somewhere gross like a hospital. I never touch anything at a hospital, including myself.

Screw that, I'm not risking it. I'll lather up with sanitizer every 10 feet I walk, and if some rancid, oozing, dysentery-infused ghoul even looks in my direction, I'm putting on a second coat. I will not go down without a fight. But that's a special circumstance.

Out in the real world, you're going to want to lay off the hand sanitizer. Sure, it kills germs ... if you have a kind which contains enough alcohol, and not all do. (Check the label for 60 percent. If it has less, you're basically washing your hands with a margarita, and ass germs are more than happy to bathe in that.)

But who cares? If it's a sanitizer with Triclosan included as an antibacterial agent, you should just start swallowing pieces of jagged metal now, because you're really screwing your insides. Triclosan is a vile substance known for doing things like walking up to your immune system and digging a hole in it to use as a latrine.

Aside from being a compound that can lead to the formation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, triclosan itself gets in your bloodstream and maybe gives you cancer, or alters hormone levels, or causes allergies, infertility, or neurological issues.

It's like the hand sanitizer people wanted to make sure they had concentrated evil in their product, but a wide-spectrum evil that would cause a grab bag of terrible side effects.



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"Remind Me" ... Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood

Lyrics:

We didn't care if people stared
We'd make out in a crowd somewhere
Somebody'd tell us to get a room
It's hard to believe that was me and you
Now we keep saying that we're okay
But I don't want to settle for good not great
I miss the way that it felt back then I wanna feel that way again.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qzhngp7jh8




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Space Vacation: Orbiting hotel ready for guests 2016

The age of space tourism might be closer than you think. In fact, if you have an extra $1 million lying around, five years from now you could be one of the first off-world adventurers to stay for five days in this orbiting hotel built by Russian company Orbital Technologies.

You'll get there via a Russian Soyuz rocket, taking you about a day to reach the Commercial Space Station 217 miles above the earth. Once you catch up to the orbiting abode, you'll settle in with your comrades - up to six other space tourists (or researchers) - for an unparalleled adventure, residing in four cabins aboard the space station.

While you're traveling at 17,500 miles per hour in low earth orbit, you'll be pampered with all the spacely amenities you can imagine, such as plenty of gourmet foods, a specially designed sealed shower, your choice of a vertical or horizontal bed (does it really matter in the microgravity of space?)...






And you might even get to sip some Tang spiked with your favorite vodka (okay, we made that last one up - unfortunately, alcohol will not be available).

Perhaps the best feature of the Commercial Space Station will be its large portholes, which will probably occupy most of your time as you gaze out into the cosmos and down at the earth below.

We're just wondering if this trip can really be done for $1 million apiece, when Russia and the U.S. agreed in 2009 on a $51 million price for each Soyuz round trip.

No matter what, it's not going to be cheap. We can only hope there will be many private space ventures in operation during the next decade or two (so far, we've counted 9 private sector companies ready to take off into space), creating a competitive environment for such spectacular vacations that could bring the price down to mere stratospheric levels.



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Evangelicals give Trump much-needed boost after Manhattan summit


Donald Trump’s presidential bid is enjoying a boost of that old-time religion after conservative Christian leaders gave the candidate high praise and standing ovations at a critical closed-door meeting that one observer described as a “campaign rally.”

Trump would look back on the Tuesday (June 21) meeting as “the seminal event and turning point in taking you to the presidency,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist and Trump backer who moderated the talks...

Told the presumptive Republican nominee
in front of nearly 1,000 mainly evangelical leaders gathered at a Times Square hotel. Huckabee’s remarks were among the many enthusiastic comments about Trump that leaked throughout the day on social media and elsewhere.

“Mr. Trump is a bold and fearless leader who will take the fight to our enemies and to the radical Islamic terrorists, whether they attack in San Bernardino, Orlando or Paris,” the Rev. Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University in Virginia and a longtime evangelical Trump supporter, said in his speech at the unprecedented event.

At a news conference after the meeting, Bill Dallas, head of United in Purpose and a chief organizer of the summit, said the encounter with Trump was “overwhelming” and “exceeded our expectations on many levels.”

Others at the panel generally echoed that excitement while being careful not to formally endorse Trump.“Donald Trump did himself a great favor today,” said Kelly Shackelford, head of the First Liberty Institute, a legal advocacy group that fights for religious freedom causes and has strongly opposed the Obama administration.

Trump himself brimmed with characteristic confidence in a statement to the Christian Broadcasting Network, whose correspondent, David Brody, was one of a handful of friendly journalists invited to watch the proceedings.“I just had record-setting attendance with evangelicals from all over the country,” he said. “Unbelievable event – great people!”



Perhaps most worrying for Trump and the GOP are surveys showing that his support among white evangelical Christians – the key to Republican electoral success in November – is not nearly as strong as it needs to be.

But some had supported Trump and others started to come around, or seemed to want to find reasons to support him over his likely Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, who has long been the bane of many evangelicals. This meeting seemed to provide all the reassurance they needed.

“Several times several people commented, ‘I’m impressed. I’m leaving more hopeful.’ Certainly, that reflects where I’m at,” said Curt Smith, president of the Indiana Family Institute and an at-large delegate to the GOP convention.


The leaders who spoke to the media also made it clear that the conversation with Trump, which lasted several hours, was not a theological inquiry or an attempt to turn him into a rock-ribbed Bible thumper, as one put it.

Many said they clearly had some policy differences with him and they recognized that Trump has not always been a saint. But they all stressed that Christianity is about forgiveness, and it is important to recognize when people are on a pilgrimage toward faith.

They also underscored that the election is about policies - and on that score Trump did not come empty-handed. Yes, he invoked Scripture and said his own Presbyterian background was important to his life.

But he repeatedly returned to policy proposals where he was more comfortable, such as pledging to defend religious freedom and attacking Clinton for failing to do so. He also impressed many by vowing to revoke long-standing statutes that threaten the tax-exempt status of congregations that engage in open politicking.

“I think maybe that will be my greatest contribution to Christianity and other religions,” he said during the meetings. Could Trump’s political salvation come from these Christian conservatives?



The meeting was initially seen as a gamble, given that the thrice-married New York real estate mogul has been repeatedly blasted for his personal lifestyle and for his caustic comments about women and minorities – not to mention his often cringe-inducing struggles in articulating his Christian bona fides.

But it was a bet that Trump apparently couldn’t pass up. He knows how important the evangelical bloc is, and he has ramped up his efforts to court those voters in recent weeks; on Tuesday, he also unveiled his new evangelical advisory board.

Several participants in the meeting said privately that political operatives in the campaign at first resisted proposals to hold this meeting, fearing that if some of the participants came out bad-mouthing their candidate that criticism would dominate the headlines and undermine any progress in solidifying this crucial electoral bloc.

Other Trump advisers, however, mainly Huckabee and former rival Ben Carson, convinced Trump that it was worth it.

The Trump campaign did insist that the meeting take place on his home turf, which led to the rather unusual scene of hundreds of largely Bible Belt Christians wandering out into the glitz and hustle of midtown Manhattan – Trump’s natural environment, but an exotic venue for those who felt the meeting should have been some place like Texas.

Also, the meeting was initially billed as a “conversation” between a few hundred faith leaders and Trump, and it grew to 500 and then 900 and then nearly 1,000. It also grew increasingly scripted, with special prayers for the meeting’s success distributed to participants and pre-selected questions given to the candidate ahead of time.

That initially caused some private grumbling among a few of those in attendance. But the careful choreography appeared to work as the predominant feeling coming out of the meeting was that the author of “The Art of the Deal” may have finally closed the deal with evangelicals.



“It was basically a campaign rally, folks,” tweeted Fox News columnist Todd Starnes, who was also allowed inside. The question now, however, is whether the good feelings from this event - and several other recent efforts Trump has made to court conservative Christians - will translate into support among voters.

Some of the very same leaders who were at Tuesday’s gathering backed other GOP candidates in the primaries, but most evangelical primary voters went for Trump - as the presumptive nominee himself was quick to point out.

It’s all about turnout at this point, and Trump would need at least 75 or 80 percent of the evangelical vote to win and to compensate for his shortfall among other key demographics in the electorate. That’s about the percentage that voted for Romney in 2012, whereas Trump is drawing just 62 percent evangelical support currently.

But several participants believe it can happen, and already is. Evangelicals across the country “want to be with Donald Trump because they can’t accept the alternative,” said Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council.


If everyone’s mind is not quite made up yet, Perkins said, Trump “will have increasing wind in his sails from the grass roots.” And that’s exactly the kind of network he said Trump needs given the struggles and small size of his own campaign staff.

“I think we’re on a great path,” added Ken Blackwell, also of the FRC. But Blackwell said “to get the intensity... to turn out the vote, to beat the Clinton machine, it’s going to take a continuation of this conversation.”



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Camping Trip

The loaded mini-van pulled into the only remaining campsite. Four children leaped from the vehicle and began feverishly unloading gear and setting up the tent. The boys rushed to gather firewood, while the girls and their mother set up the camp stove and cooking utensils. 


A nearby camper marveled to the youngsters' father, "That, sir, is some display of teamwork."

The father replied, "I have a system - no one goes to the bathroom until the camp is set up."







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Seventy-two new emojis came out today, and I saw that one of the new emojis is a pregnant woman. Apparently it’s the emoji you get nine months after texting, “You up?” -- Jimmy Fallon

It’s the first NBA title and the first championship for Cleveland in 52 years. And now a lot of sports writers are saying that Cleveland will no longer be synonymous with losing. Then the Cleveland Browns said, “No, we’re still here." -- Jimmy Fallon


This was a little controversial: Pope Francis recently said that the majority of modern Catholic marriages are worthless because couples don’t always mean it when they say they’ll love each other forever. And that’s the last time Pope Francis was ever asked to give a best man speech. -- Jimmy Fallon


Some private companies are now taking over the reporting of local news. I read all about it in this week’s issue of US News & Zesty Cool Ranch Doritos. -- Conan O-Brien

Sources say LeBron James might skip the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. You know Rio is in bad shape when you’d rather spend the summer in Cleveland. -- Conan O-Brien





Today is the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's announcement that he would run for president. It's hard to believe it was only one year ago that Democrats were worried about Jeb Bush. -- Seth Meyers


A Georgia man is facing charges after he tried to enter a Waffle House completely naked. Ugh. Can you imagine? Walking into a Waffle House barefoot? -- Seth Meyers


Authorities are warning people to avoid swimming in some New Jersey rivers because of increased numbers of so-called clinging jellyfish. Though if you're swimming in New Jersey rivers, you're probably not big on warnings. -- Seth Meyers


There's a lot of controversy around the summer Olympic Games and now Russia's track and field team are barred from the competition after allegations of use of performance-enhancing drugs. Apparently the Russian athletes were so upset they barely had enough of an appetite to finish their morning bowl of steroids. -- James Corden


A man in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is suing the TSA claiming that overly long airport security lines caused him to miss a flight. Seems like a strange move until you realize there's no jury in the world that will side with the TSA. -- James Corden



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Trump just shattered fund-raising records for one day... right after Trump uses dump-truck to unload on Crooked Hillary


Today, Disciplined Donald Trump took the podium.

"This was the Donald Trump that Republican leaders have been waiting for: focused, systematic and ruthless in exposing and trying to destroy the Democrat nominee — Hillary Clinton." 

"Absent from a Trump campaign speech here Wednesday were references to a federal judge’s Mexican American heritage or ethnic slurs such as 'Pocahontas.' The presumptive GOP presidential nominee also left out the colorful play-by-play of his exploits in the primaries and did not threaten his fellow Republicans; in fact, he never mentioned them at all.

"Instead, Trump zeroed in on the 'rigged' (a word he uttered 10 times) economic and political systems. The billionaire mogul promised to be a fixer, making America richer, bigger, better and stronger. And he portrayed Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, as a 'world-class liar' and a danger to the country." 

"In a 42-minute performance reading from teleprompters, Trump moved closer Wednesday to being the kind of general-election standard-bearer Republican leaders have been pleading with him to become.

The bombastic candidate had been somewhat tamed, or so it appeared. The question was whether the same Trump would show up for the next 139 days before the November election.


"'One day does not make a streak,' said Ari Fleischer, a White House press secretary under President George W. Bush. 'In order for Trump to win, he has to make this election a referendum on Hillary and not on his own antics. Today, he made an effective and powerful case against Hillary.



That wasn't the only good news for Trump today; his campaign said late today that the mogul's Tuesday fundraising email to supporters had already generated an astounding $3 million (plus an additional $2 million Trump himself had promised in matching funds.)

"Raising such a huge sum in a short amount of time - through an email list that had never before been tapped for contributions - would make Trump's pitch for donations one of the most successful in American politics, according to veteran fundraisers.

Because not every email recipient responds to a solicitation, experts estimate that it would require a list of as many as 6 million supporters to raise a sum as large as 3 million dollars in such a short period," reported Matea Gold. 

"Digital fundraising experts were skeptical that Trump has been able to curate and maintain such a big list. But if he did pull off $3 million in a day, Democrats should be worried, they added. At such a rate, Trump could pull in more than $20 million online by the end of the month."


UPDATE: Two day fund-raising total: $11 Million Dollars!
It's a good start, but we'll need much more to fight Crooked Hillary!


Please join Mr. Trump to "Make America Great Again & Safe Again!

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UPDATE: The vote is in and the citizens of Britain have overwhelmingly voted to exit the European Union! Donald Trump held a news conference, comparing what the Brits did... to the same desire of America's citizens... to put America First!


What Brexit & Trump have in common?


What is "Brexit"? Today, Britain will hold a referendum to decide whether it will stay in the European Union or exit. However, the country is extremely divided on the issue.

While the European Union has been successful in uniting post-war Europe, it has amplified problems as well. Originally a trade agreement, supporters of the union argue that the EU helped to dissolve internal trade barriers between European countries, making all countries more efficient.

While it has increased trade, it has also dangerously linked all countries within the EU together. Fiscally responsible countries like Germany are now linked to irresponsible ones like Greece that fail to enforce austerity measures. These debt problems are accompanied by a stifling, commerce choking regulatory regime.

Consequently, it makes sense that small businesses are tired of what they deem to be repressing economic institutions that stifle economic growth.

“Brexiters” are also deeply concerned about being tied to the EU's liberal immigration policy. While they are worried about the amplified migrant crisis in Europe, the Brits' issue is not with the migrant crisis, but rather, according to CNBC, with EU passport holders.



This is because Britain, unlike other European nations, is not within the free border zone; therefore, it does not have to follow the EU migrant policy, which has raised security concerns over the large amount of refugees coming from Syria and other war-torn countries.

For these reasons and more, there has been a surge in nationalism across many of the EU countries. Britain is no different. Those advocating for a "Brexit" from the EU say it will be beneficial economically and politically for Britain to pull out.

According to EU literature, the EU makes up 15 percent of total export of goods in the global economy. Statistics like this one point to the fact that whatever Britain decides tomorrow will have worldwide effects. Therefore, it is not just a "Britain issue."

Furthermore, the Brexit movement and Donald Trump's conservative movement have much in common. Voters are tired of not being heard on the issues that matter to them; they are tired of the corruption of political system and wish for radical changes.

Megan McArdle insists in Bloomberg View, “it’s...not entirely surprising that people are reacting strongly against the EU, the epitome of an elite institution: a technocratic bureaucracy designed to remove many questions from the democratic control of voters in the constituent countries.”

Donald Trump gives voters a voice. He speaks on behalf of middle class Americans and countless others who feel that the government is restraining their economic and political freedoms.



In Britain and in the United States, there is an outcry to correct existing corrupt systems. The movement in Britain is led by plain-speaking, passionate Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson.

CNBC notes, just like Donald Trump, these leaders do not shy away from speaking their minds and articulating what many people are thinking but do not feel they can say. The content of the issues surrounding the movements are similar as well, especially with regard to immigration, as both movements seek to limit it.

It should also not be overlooked that supporters of Brexit and Trump are generally older, which makes sense because they have accumulated more frustration with time over the systems and institutions by which they are governed.

Not only are they frustrated, but they also compare their growing negative sentiments with how they used to feel about the places in which they lived. It is an undeniable desire from voters to return to how things were; it is nostalgia at its finest.

In the case of Brexit, voters want Britain to be the strong, independent state that it once was, and therefore, are practically echoing Donald Trump’s campaign slogan with a slight variation: Make Britain, Britain again.



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Owning a cat scientifically good for you!

If you're on the verge of getting a pet, think about a cat! There are some major benefits to owning a feline. 87 per cent of cat owners felt that their pets have a positive impact on their well being. 76 per cent also said they found coping with everyday stresses easier thanks to cats.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6IH7hoMIKw



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Russian sues ex-girlfriend for money he spent on her


Every breakup has its cost - and one Russian put an exact price tag on it: $680. Nikolai Zyablikov, 38, sued his ex-girlfriend for "illegal enrichment" during the course of his courtship, Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reported Monday.

The owner of a law firm claimed 29-year-old Nina Zgurskaya took advantage of his amorous feelings, and led him to spend 45,000 rubles ($680) on entertaining her. Zyablikov took the case to a district court in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, where it was shot down an appeal, according to the court's website.

Zyablikov provided receipts to back up his case. Most of them were linked to a trip for two to Crimea, an annexed Ukrainian peninsula that is a popular holiday getaway for Russians. Unsurprisingly, the couple has radically different explanations for what how the money was spent.

Zyablikov told several media outlets that the woman asked him to fund a "friendly" trip for the two of them — only to dump him, ending what he characterized as a brief relationship.

Zgurskaya maintains she was expecting their four-year romance to culminate in a marriage proposal in Crimea, and "flipped out" when it did not, Ren-TV television reported. The court did not publish a reason for its verdict, which was handed down Thursday. The case went unnoticed by media until this week.

Zyablikov, who has not said whether he plans to continue what has already become a months-long court battle, was quoted earlier as saying that he would not collect the money had he won.

"I wasn't going to take her money," he told Bloknot-Krasnoyarsk.ru, a local news website. "I loved her, and she decided to take advantage of me to have a vacation." For her part, Zgurskaya said that she trusts men "much less now," according to Komsomolskaya Pravda.



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Maxwell Ultra-Capacitors... replacing vehicle batteries


Over the next decade and beyond, automotive companies have to achieve dramatic improvements in CO2 emissions to satisfy stricter emission standards.

At the same time, consumer demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles continues to drive automotive research and development to reduce weight and fuel consumption, manage continuously increasing internal power loads, and capture and recapture energy.


As a result, there are several emerging applications for ultracapacitors in the automotive ecosystem, including regenerative braking systems, start-stop systems, active suspension systems, voltage stabilization systems, electric turbochargers and other higher power functions within the automotive boardnet.

Maxwell is at the forefront of these new developments. Because Maxwell ultracapacitors hold the required automotive-quality certifications, deliver high power and can accept a high rate of charge, they’re ideal for automotive applications.

As a result, more companies are joining the ranks of Continental, which developed an ultracapacitor-based voltage stabilization system for PSA Peugeot Citroën and Lamborghini that uses ultracapacitors in the start-stop system. Today, Maxwell ultracapacitors are installed in over 1 million vehicles on the road.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAT_8H23iGI




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Thought for the day...




How to beat photo-enforced speeding ticket (or red-light ticket)

Last year, I received a letter in the mail from the Washington D.C. DMV claiming I was speeding.

As you can see, it was one of those Photo-Enforced Speeding Tickets and they had multiple pictures of my CAR. I knew better to just submit and pay a fine like, unfortunately, the majority of people do in this country.

I am in the habit of not taking “plea deals,” and I am always in the habit of fighting my tickets and NOT pre-paying them so I don’t have to go to court -- like many folks do.

I just about always record my interactions with the police, whether it’s a traffic stop or not, that way it keeps the entire situation objective, transparent and I can hold the public servant accountable if he/ she violates my rights.

So I got this letter in the mail:

Front above. Back below:




I can’t recall why I got the next letter, but I think it was because I didn’t respond promptly enough.

Front:



Back:



As you can see, these criminals issuing these tickets are hoping that the people will just get scared and pay, or not want to waste their time with it.

However the government has to provide evidence that it was actually ME driving, it’s their burden of proof.

Just because they got pictures of my car doesn’t mean I was driving. So, in response to the first letter, I mailed them back the following letter (copied and pasted):

To Whom it May Concern,

I received a letter claiming I committed a violation of a speeding law in the District of Columbia on 04/21/2012. As per the instructions, I am writing to plead ‘not guilty’ to this charge. Although this option is said to result in this matter going to court; it is my suggestion that the charges simply be dropped. This suggestion comes out of respect for tax payers, and my request that their hard earned money not be wasted in such proceedings.

As there is no evidence of my involvement with this alleged ‘crime’, as well as the fact that I am not granted my 6th amendment right to face my ‘accuser’ (a camera); I see no way the government could prove my guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. I also find no legal requirement for me to implicate someone else in this process, as it is the government’s responsibility to prove a person’s guilt. It is also my 5th amendment right to remain silent on the matter.

If it is the government’s decision to move forward in this matter, I would request copies of any evidence the prosecution may have of my involvement in the “offense”; as well as, all maintenance records for the camera(s) involved.

Sincerely,
Nathan Cox
United States Army Veteran


After sending that letter I received this postcard:




MANY months later (much more than 6 months), just the other day I get this postcard showing that the ticket is DISMISSED.




So PLEASE, NEVER EVER opt to pay these Photo Enforced Speeding AND Red Light tickets!

You do NOT have to incriminate yourself OR implicate anyone else. It’s the government’s responsibility to provide evidence that YOU were the person driving, don’t help them in their “investigation”.

ALWAYS go to court and fight your tickets, if there is NO VICTIM... there is NO CRIME!

UPDATE: Since writing this letter, Judges around the country have thrown out these types tickets by way of a dismissal. Many folks have used this letter to contest their tickets.

For some it has worked, while others it hasn’t. I would like to encourage people to perhaps cite some of the recent rulings, even though it’s not considered case law, it helps drive the point home.

I also encourage people when writing their letter to use a similar tactic that these bureaucrat thugs use, (intimidation) and let them know you plan on fighting this tooth and nail, sometimes they don’t want to deal with it and they’ll just drop it.

If you go to court over it, you will use the exact same defense, because it’s a Constitutionally sound defense.




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