August 10 2015This past month Arcosantis Jeff St

first_imgAugust 10, 2015This past month Arcosanti’s Jeff Stein AIA and concert pianist Dr. Lynne Haeseler presented their “CONNECT Chautauqua: Connecting Beethoven, Buildings and BMW Motorcycles” at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama. Previously, they have performed this at Arcosanti, in Scottsdale and at the Steinway Gallery recital hall in Tucson.[photos and text by Jeff Stein}Their performance in Birmingham was part of the 5th annual conference of the IJMS / International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, an online, peer-reviewed scholarly journal of social science, riders and research from around the globe.The Barber is the world’s greatest motorcycle museum, with over 1400 bikes on permanent display. In their 50-minute, multi-media Chautauqua, Stein and Haeseler describe through images, lecture, discussion and Beethoven’s music itself — including the entire second movement of his 9th Symphony, transcribed for piano by Schiller — how the work of these three men: composer Ludwig vonBeethoven’s 9th Symphony, designer David Robb’s BMW R1200GS, architect Paolo Soleri’s East Crescent at Arcosanti provides the same intense human experience: sound, speed, space that allows us to be truly connected, and thus truly human.In truth everything is connected. Understanding how these three entities connect, we all might grow more comfortable with the idea. Plus, there is the notion, in each, of being at the center of a world. Each composition: Symphony, Architecture, Motorcycle, transports you to such a place.  “Chautauqua” was the New York birthplace of this kind of enlightening lecture / performance. Former US President Theodore Roosevelt called Chautauqua “the most American thing in America”. This is one of those. To schedule a performance of this Chautauqua in your location, contact < pr [at] Arcosanti.org >last_img read more

Three generations at the Capitol

first_img25Feb Three generations at the Capitol Three generations of the Saylor family of Midland recently toured the state Capitol in Lansing and were introduced from the floor of the state House of Representatives by Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland. Back row left to right: Rep. Glenn, Diane Saylor, and her daughter Krista Saylor. Front row left to right, Krista’s children Torianna, Daniel, and Hannah Saylor. The photo was taken in the House gallery with the floor of the House visible one floor below in the background. Categories: Glenn Newslast_img read more

Rep Lucido announces fall office hours

first_img State Rep. Peter J. Lucido today announced upcoming fall office hours for residents and families of the 36th District, which includes the townships of Shelby, Washington, Bruce and the Village of Romeo.“My job as state representative for the 36th District involves bringing the concerns and ideas from local residents and families with me to Lansing,” said Rep. Lucido, a Republican from Shelby Township. “Having office hours allows me to hear from constituents so I can better represent their needs at the Capitol.”Fall office hours will be held at the following times and locations:Monday, Sept. 28Washington Township Senior Center57880 Van Dyke in Washington9-10:30 a.m.Monday, Oct. 26Romeo Senior Center361 Morton St. in Romeo9-10:30 a.m.Monday, Nov. 30Washington Township Senior Center57880 Van Dyke in Washington9-10:30 a.m.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. More office hours will be announced throughout the fall.Rep. Lucido represents the families and residents of the 36th District, serving the townships of Shelby, Washington, Bruce and the Village of Romeo. Categories: Lucido News 22Sep Rep. Lucido announces fall office hourslast_img read more

Christian Leicher TV technology provider Rohde S

first_imgChristian LeicherTV technology provider Rohde & Schwarz has named Christian Leicher as the company’s new president and CEO.Leicher, who has been a member of the company’s executive board since 2005, replaces Manfred Fleischmann, who has served as president and CEO for the last six years and is now retiring.Peter Riedel retains his current position as president and chief operating officer.last_img

Recent months have seen a plethora of megamedia d

first_imgRecent months have seen a plethora of mega-media deals on boardroom tables. No doubt more will be coming, but not all will work out. All this buying and selling looks on the face of it to be about one thing: that bigger is better. But is the calculus as simple as size wins?Look at the recently tanked deal of Danish telco TDC buying the entertainment assets of Sweden’s Modern Times Group (MTG). Lauded as creating the “first truly convergent media and communications provider in Eu-rope”, the deal was unceremoniously dumped only a few days after it was announced. The reason? TDC received a sweetened takeover offer from a consortium led by infrastructure group Macquarie and the latter was wholly uninterested in the MTG assets, which by their very nature are riskier than the cash flow to be reaped from relatively predictable tele-coms infrastructure.Has TDC missed an opportunity? Perhaps. There’s no doubt that MTG – or parts of it – will still be very much in play, given that major shareholder Kinnevik is facing a TV concen-tration issue following the merger of Tele2 and Com Hem. Perhaps MTGx, the group’s high-growth business, including online busi-nesses and eSports, could be spun off.The failure of the TDC-MTG deal doesn’t cloud the overriding view in media that scale matters and that ownership of content assets is a key differentiator.Look at the continued moves by Liberty Global to work with Vodafone in markets around Europe. Liberty is looking to sell “over-lapping assets” in markets where the two players both operate, namely Germany, where Vodafone already owns Kabel Deutschland. Scale matters.And look at Telefónica, which has seen its video ARPU grow 8% in 2017 off the back of its investment in content – including original commissions like La Peste, which helped drive viewing to its on-demand platform. Content and especially content that appeals to local tastes, is going to be increasingly important to drive attention and audiences to any service, be it a triple-play communications provider or a local broadcaster.Indeed, in a world where Google, Amazon and Facebook are increasingly focused on vid-eo, it is no wonder that scale appeals. The big legacy media players are facing ambitious and deep-pocketed tech companies that are com-ing to eat – or at the least eat into – their lunch.Christmas 2017 produced the shocking news that media’s consummate mogul Ru-pert Murdoch was throwing in the towel and selling the bulk of the 21st Century Fox enter-tainment business to Disney. He may be in his 80s but Murdoch is still very much with it. His view is that the big tech giants are best fought by joining forces with a bigger player.“From a strategic point of view, this is the right time to sell,” Murdoch told reporters and analysts when the deal was announced. “We are living in an age of disruption.”The US$66billion (˜54 billion) deal will see the Fox movie studio, television produc-tions, and international businesses, including Star TV in Asia and Sky in Europe, go to Dis-ney. Disney’s ambitions in over the top servic-es – and its majority ownership of BamTech which gives it control over its OTT technolo-gy – combined with Fox’s content, its stake in Sky Europe and ownership of Star TV should help propel the new Disney-Fox combo to build out alternatives to Netflix and Amazon services much faster. OTT is key to future growth as the appetite for SVOD services con-tinues to grow.The demand for premium episodic drama series has gone through the roof, driven by the growing appetite of the big tech platforms for stand-out series that will raise their visibil-ity among potential subscribers and as Face-book and YouTube up their video ambitions, among advertisers as well.Meanwhile, HBO is thinking more inter-nationally about both HBO Go, it’s OTT offer, and about its content, while Netflix and Ama-zon are also ramping up commissioning that appeals to local tastes. The likes of HBO, and producers and distributors from Fremantle-Media to the BBC are all having to move more quickly – and greenlight projects faster – as the competition for A-list talent grows.Not to say that there aren’t partnerships to be struck between the tech giants and the leg-acy media companies with both broadcasters and platforms co-commissioning with Netflix and Amazon. It’s not a zero sum game. At least not at the moment. But Disney, which has pledged to no longer sell its content to Netflix, is clear that building its own scale business is key to thriving going forward.Meanwhile HBO parent company Time Warner is also part of the scale-play land-grab, having agreed last year to be bought by tele-com giant AT&T. The combination of big telco AT&T and big media company Time Warner has an increasingly familiar ring. The scale-play, including vertical integration of distri-bution and content assets, is now considered the sine qua non of survival in the “disrupted’ media landscape.last_img read more

Dear Readers We are just back from the Recovery R

first_imgDear Readers,We are just back from the Recovery Reality Check Summit, which was very informative as well as thought-provoking. We took some time while there to chat with a few of our speakers after their presentations and will be sharing them here over the next few weeks.Our first conversation is with Rick Rule, the legendary resource speculator. He gives us a powerful primer on being a contrarian speculator, which may help bolster some discipline in the current market climate. We hope you enjoy this presentation.Sincerely,Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Researchlast_img read more

As the 2016 presidential campaign wound down then

first_imgAs the 2016 presidential campaign wound down, then-candidate Donald Trump made clear that if elected, he would work to see an end to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on his watch.”If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that’s really what’s going to be, that’s what will happen,” Trump said at the final presidential debate in October 2016. “And that will happen automatically in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.”The 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide won’t be overturned automatically, nor without a fight. But advocates on both sides of the issue agree the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy sets the stage for a battle over abortion rights unlike any in a generation.High stakes for reproductive rightsKennedy’s departure will usher in a fight for the future of the Supreme Court that many social and religious conservatives anticipated and hoped for during the 2016 campaign. Trump’s promise to appoint conservative, anti-abortion justices helped turn out the base voters he needed to secure his surprise victory. Exit polls suggested the makeup of the Supreme Court played a major role for many voters on both sides, but more for Republicans.Almost as soon as Kennedy’s retirement was announced, several anti-abortion rights groups seized on the moment.”We’re the closest we’ve ever been to overturning Roe v. Wade,” a woman says in a video released online by the group Students for Life of America shortly after the news broke.In an interview with NPR, Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins called the retirement of the court’s swing vote “a day that we’ve been waiting for.””Our goal in the pro-life movement has always been to make abortion illegal and unthinkable,” Hawkins said. “So we want Roe to be overturned … and we expect that.”Hawkins noted that Kennedy has voted to uphold abortion rights in several cases, including the landmark 1992 ruling Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and more recently, in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which overturned a Texas law that placed additional health regulations on clinics that perform abortions.Meanwhile, abortion-rights supporters, like Nancy Northup of the Center for Reproductive Rights, called Kennedy’s retirement devastating news.”He has been a crucial vote in landmark reproductive rights cases,” Northup said.”[I’m] extremely concerned,” said Helene Krasnoff, vice president of public policy, litigation and law at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “President Trump has been making good on his threat to stack the courts with those who are opposed to safe, legal abortion, and we can only expect that he’ll nominate another extreme opponent.”A fight for Kennedy’s replacementBoth sides are gearing up for a confirmation battle in the Senate after Trump names his nominee. Republicans have a narrow, 51-seat majority, and all eyes will be on a handful of Republicans who have been supportive of abortion rights, and on red-state Democrats facing re-election in November. Senators in each group will be under pressure to come over to the other side of the aisle.”It’s gonna be epic,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, which works to elect candidates who oppose abortion rights. “It will be cast as a pretty pivotal vote on the court on this issue and many, many others … We’ve been preparing for this fight for a very long time.”Hawkins said her group has more than 1,200 chapters around the country, and organizers will encourage members to lobby their senators during the confirmation process.Krasnoff, of Planned Parenthood, said abortion-rights advocates also will be lobbying senators to vote against any nominee seen as likely to overturn Roe.”President Trump and Mitch McConnell hold the balance of the court in their hands right now. And with it, they hold the right to safe and legal abortion,” Krasnoff said. “So we’re going to be getting that message out and making sure that the Senate rejects any nominee that opposes Roe v. Wade and the right to safe, legal abortion.”Speaking outside the Supreme Court on Thursday, Ilyse Hogue of NARAL Pro-Choice America urged abortion-rights supporters to reach out to lawmakers.”This is about all 100 senators hearing from people on a daily basis that they do not want people, women, families, criminalized,” Hogue said.While polling on abortion is difficult and yields mixed results depending on how the questions are asked, multiple polls suggest a majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal in at least some cases, particularly in early pregnancy.A battle for the courts — and in the courts If Trump is successful in pushing through a nominee who’s likely to overturn or erode Roe, the fight over the future of the decision could play out in several ways.Northup, of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said restrictive laws recently passed by several states could work their way to the Supreme Court. She points to what’s known as a “heartbeat bill” in Iowa, where state lawmakers recently approved one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation.The law, which is being challenged in the courts, bans the procedure after a heartbeat can be detected, which is often before a woman knows she is pregnant. Other states, including Mississippi and Louisiana, have banned abortion at 15 weeks’ gestation, and others have prohibited specific methods.”I think it’s going to be the early cutoff dates for abortion that you’re gonna be seeing going up to the court that could challenge Roe v. Wade, because Roe v. Wade and its cases that have followed have made clear that before the time of fetal viability it’s for the woman and her doctor to make the decision,” Northup said. “And these states have been passing laws trying to radically change that.”Back to the statesAt the final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Trump promised that if Roe is overturned, “It will go back to the states and the states will then make a determination.”That’s true, and it’s the goal of many abortion-rights opponents, some of whom downplay the idea that abortion could become illegal nationwide.”Without question, our goal is to overturn Roe v. Wade so that states are allowed to enact their own wills into law,” said Dannenfelser, of the Susan B. Anthony List.But states have a patchwork of laws, with red states tending to pass more restrictive abortion ones.Alexis Cole, an attorney and policy director at Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, said 17 states already have laws on the books that would heavily restrict or ban abortion if Roe were overturned. She notes that because of restrictive laws and limited access to abortion, women in many states already struggle to obtain the procedure, even under Roe.”It would no longer be a matter of traveling across your state; it would be a matter of traveling multiple states that would actually allow you to get an abortion,” Cole said. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Elon Musks Boring Company to Prioritize Pedestrians Over Cars

first_img Richard Lawler Elon Musk’s Boring Company to Prioritize Pedestrians Over Cars A new concept video focuses on shuttles for people and bikes. Next Article –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 2 min read Image credit: Elon Musk | Twitter While we ponder the state of hyperloop tunnel transportation, Elon Musk just updated the plan for The Boring Company. The tech exec tweeted out a new concept video that focuses on a shuttle instead of cars. The shuttle (seen briefly in the first Boring Company video) is intended to carry people and bikes, and Musk said that Boring Company’s loop network would have “1000’s of small stations the size of a single parking space.”Adjusting The Boring Company plan: all tunnels & Hyperloop will prioritize pedestrians & cyclists over cars— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 9, 2018Boring Co urban loop system would have 1000’s of small stations the size of a single parking space that take you very close to your destination & blend seamlessly into the fabric of a city, rather than a small number of big stations like a subway— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 9, 2018That way they could blend into a city and bring riders directly to their destination, instead of a subway-sized stop further away. Additionally, he tweeted that “all tunnels & Hyperloop will prioritize pedestrians & cyclists over cars.” While cars will still be in the mix, the current promise is that they’ll have to wait for personalized mass transit needs, possibly encouraging people to ditch space and energy-hogging autos to opt for transportation that benefits everyone.Better video coming soon, but it would look a bit like this: pic.twitter.com/C0iJPi8b4U— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 9, 2018 Elon Musk March 12, 2018 Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. This story originally appeared on Engadget Register Now »last_img read more

Flavoring additive ingredients in ecigarettes may increase inflammation and impair lung function

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 11 2018Flavoring and additive ingredients in e-cigarettes may increase inflammation and impair lung function, according to new research. The study, published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology–Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, also found that short-term exposure to e-cigarettes was enough to cause lung inflammation similar or worse than that seen in traditional cigarette use. The research was chosen as an APSselect article for October.E-cigarettes, popular battery-powered devices that simulate the act of smoking a traditional cigarette, dispense a vapor derived from liquid chemicals in a refillable cartridge. The refills typically contain propylene glycol, nicotine and often flavorings. Propylene glycol–a colorless, odorless food additive–is found in numerous processed food and beverages; it is also used as a solvent in a number pharmaceuticals. E-cigarette devices and refills are not well regulated, and the long-term health effects of e-cigarette use are not widely known.Researchers studied several groups of mice that received whole-body exposure to varying chemical combinations four times each day. Each exposure session was separated by 30-minute smoke-free intervals. Related StoriesAcute exposure to flavored e-liquids exacerbates endothelial cell dysfunction, study findsNew regulations on e-cigarettes may have unintended consequencesStudy finds increase in cigarette smoking among minority teens after college affirmative action bansThe cigarette and e-cigarette groups were compared with a control group that was exposed to medical-grade air. Some of the animals in each group were exposed to short-term cigarette smoke or e-cigarette vapor (three days), while others were exposed for a longer term (four weeks).The research team found an increase in markers of inflammation, mucus production and altered lung function in the propylene, propylene + nicotine and flavoring groups after three days. However, the propylene group showed fewer negative effects with long-term exposure, suggesting the additive alone elicits only a temporary irritation that eventually subsides with continued use. In addition, two inflammation-producing proteins became elevated only in the flavoring group, suggesting that some of the many flavoring components on the market may not be safe for even short-term use.The condition of the e-cigarette groups in comparison with the cigarette group surprised the researchers. The level of oxidative stress–stress at a cellular level–in the flavoring group was equal to or higher than that of the cigarette group. However, respiratory mechanics were adversely affected only in mice exposed to cigarette smoke and not to e-cigarette vapor after prolonged treatment. “The observed detrimental effects in the lung upon [e-cigarette] vapor exposure in animal models highlight the need for further investigation of safety and toxicity of these rapidly expanding devices worldwide,” the researchers wrote.Source: http://www.the-aps.org/mm/hp/Audiences/Public-Press/2018/63.html One group was exposed to cigarette smoke (“cigarette”); One group was exposed to e-cigarette vapor containing propylene glycol and vegetable glycerol, an odorless liquid derived from plant oils (“propylene”); One group was exposed to e-cigarette vapor containing propylene glycol and nicotine (“propylene + nicotine”) and One group was exposed to e-cigarette vapor containing propylene glycol, nicotine and tobacco flavoring (“flavoring”).last_img read more

Stem cell stimulation shows promise as potential stroke treatment

first_imgRelated StoriesBrain stimulation accelerates visual learning and recoveryHealthy blood vessels could help stave off cognitive declineDysfunctional neurons repaired in dementia mouse modelLing Wei, Shang Ping Yu, and colleagues at Emory University injected neural stem cells into the brains of mice after a stroke and activated the cells through nasal administration of a protein. The stem cells activated by this new, noninvasive technique called optochemogenetics grew healthier and formed more connections compared to the stem cells that did not receive stimulation. Additionally, the mice that received both stem cells and stimulation displayed the most recovery, with some behaviors returning to pre-stroke levels.The combination of stem cell injection and stimulation increased the likelihood of a successful stroke recovery in mice. Instead of just injecting stem cells in the damaged area of the brain, following up with stimulation creates an ideal environment for the cells to develop and form connections with surrounding neurons. Source:Society for NeuroscienceJournal reference:Wei, L. et al. (2019) Optochemogenetics Stimulation of Transplanted iPS-NPCs Enhances Neuronal Repair and Functional Recovery after Ischemic Stroke. Journal of Neuroscience. doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2010-18.2019. Jul 3 2019Stem cell stimulation shows promise as a potential noninvasive stroke treatment, according to research in mice published in JNeurosci. If extended to humans, this technique could greatly improve patients’ quality of life.last_img read more

Body support device helps people learn to walk again after a stroke

first_img Explore further Provided by Purdue University New robotic technology may provide more insight into neurological diseases, which affect about one-third of Americans A Purdue University researcher with a passion to use engineering technology to improve health care has created a weight support system to help people suffering from walking disabilities after a stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year, and it is the leading cause of disability in older adults. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Purdue University’s Xiumin Diao led a team to create a weight support system to help people suffering from walking disabilities after a stroke. Credit: Purdue University The Purdue team created an alternative to traditional gait rehabilitation training, an important part of retraining the legs for proper walking after a stroke or trauma.”We applied our engineering expertise to create a better device for people learning to walk again,” said Xiumin Diao, an assistant professor in Purdue’s School of Engineering Technology.The cable-driven body weight support system helps support walking training across all three dimensions, not just in the vertical direction like many current options.Purdue’s weight support system uses thin, strong cables attached to a manipulator that secures around the patient in a fashion similar to a parachuting harness. The system compensates for any amount of a person’s body weight in all three dimensions as they learn to retrain their legs for proper walking.”This is a much more responsive system,” Diao said. “We provide increased support based on the fact that normal walking undergoes 3-D motion. Our body weight support system eases the burden on the patient. Given its economical features, it may one day provide support for low-income patients who may not have the resources for current training.”Diao said the Purdue system is easier to reconfigure than traditional training systems and provides a lower equipment cost. He said the system is also easier to put together and take apart and provides a larger training space than current systems on the market. Citation: Body support device helps people learn to walk again after a stroke, trauma (2018, September 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-body-device-people-trauma.htmllast_img read more

Not a social media influencer You can still get paid

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Not a social media influencer? You can still get paid (2018, September 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-social-media-paid.html Glazier says it shouldn’t be so hard to make money from your recommendations. And you shouldn’t have to be internet-famous to get paid when you directly encourage a sale, he says.”You don’t have to be an influencer to have influence,” Glazier said.HOW IT WORKSAnyone can download the Wildlink app for free (available on Android, iOS, or as a software download for your computer). It runs in the background while you go about your business. Then, let’s say you post a picture of yourself on Facebook, and a friend replies, “I love your dress. Where did you buy it?” If you reply with a link to the dress on Nordstrom’s website, then Wildlink’s app will convert that URL to a trackable link. If your friend follows that link and eventually purchases the item, you get a commission that’s paid to a virtual wallet.Once a month, you can cash out your Wildlink commissions to your PayPal account.The company, which is working out of the Connect coworking space in University City, has built several ways to make this process seamless for the user. For example, once you download the app, its technology is built into your cell phone’s keyboard. The software can then guess when you’re typing a brand name, product, or service. Once you type out the word “REI,” for example, the software gives you an option to insert a link to REI directly from your keyboard.WHAT ABOUT PRIVACY?Warning bells may be ringing for the privacy-conscious. Will Wildfire now be reading my text messages, emails, and social media posts? Glazier says no. The software runs on your device, and it’s only searching for brands that match with its database of merchants. And the user always has the option of generating a link or ignoring the software’s suggestion.But Wildfire may have to deal with other concerns. For example, will a friend’s recommendation lose its power of influence if it’s known that they’re making a commission off the recommendation?Miro Copic, a marketing professor at San Diego State University, says there’s a big transition going on in the influencer space in which fans want transparency from the influencers they follow about their economic incentives.. Fans and followers want those individuals to be transparent about the economic incentives they’re getting to pitch a product.”The nuance here is disclosure,” Copic said. “Not that your friend won’t be your friend anymore, but they might question your motives if they find out you’re being compensated for your suggestions.”Malcolm Bohm, CEO at a company called Liquid Grids in San Diego, has been working in a similar space for years. His company also uses natural language processing to understand what internet users are saying on health forums, and how it relates to brands.Bohm says Wildfire could be onto something big, but it’s critical that they maintain transparency along the way”At the grassroots level, this could be disruptive in terms of how brands get recommendations,” Bohm said. “As long as they maintain authenticity, it could be really positive.”Glazier said Wildlink asks users to disclose this information themselves, notifying friends and family that they might be compensated for their recommendations.”In our terms of service we require that people follow the guidelines, but it’s really up to them to do so,” Glazier said.NEXT STEPSWildfire has received $2 million in seed money, led by Santa Monica-based investor group Mucker Capital in 2017. The company plans to raise another round of financing this fall, and will use those funds to expand its marketing and business development team in San Diego. Don’t try to make money off my online behavior—unless, of course, I get a commission. ©2018 The San Diego Union-Tribune Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.center_img A new app pays you for product recommendations Explore further That’s the idea behind San Diego tech startup Wildfire Systems, which is launching an app to help internet users make money off of conversations they’re already having online. The local company, founded by a former eBay executive, lets users earn commissions from recommendations they share on the Internet, whether it’s on social media, by email, or through text messaging apps.If, for example, a friend buys an Instant Pot after you raved about the pressure cooker on Instagram, then this startup’s software would let you get a cut of the sale.The idea is particularly timely considering the public outcry against tech giants like Facebook, who’ve been lambasted in recent months for making money off their users’ activity and personal data.Now, merchants are tripping over themselves to sign onto Wildfire’s platform, which already has 20,000 retailers on board, including giants like Expedia, Nordstrom’s, REI, and Walmart.The quick adoption may have something to do with the startup’s CEO, Jordan Glazier, who founded Wildfire Systems last year. Glazier is best known locally for leading a San Diego company called Eventful, which gained some fame a few years ago as the first global events calendar online. He grew that company to more than 25 million users before selling it to CBS in 2014. Before that, he was an early employee at eBay, where he helped transform the company from a collectibles website to the e-commerce giant it is today.WE’RE ALL INFLUENCERS?Glazier’s new app, Wildlink, brings to mind the marketing tactics that bloggers and other folks of online fame use, in which they get kickbacks from brands for pitching products online.In the industry, this is called “affiliate marketing,” and it’s a tool mostly used by people who have large followings on social media (collectively known as “influencers”). But it’s not so easy to make money this way. People have to sign up for individual affiliate marketing programs depending on the brand or retailer and then jump through hoops for each one before they can start earning cash.last_img read more

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NSX on Jan 12 2015 in Detroit Scott Olson—Getty Images 1 of 13 Advertisement Contact us at editors@timecomFormer NBA player Etan Thomas tapped into the power of the shame post over the weekend after a woman refused to share the seat next to her on a train Thomas who is also a motivational speaker author and philanthropist elaborated on Facebook where he said he asked the woman “very politely” and in a softened voice “as not to frighten her” given his 6-foot-10 frame if someone was sitting in the seat beside her According to the post she told him someone was sitting there “Now less than 2 mins later a man (who happens to be white) asks if he can sit there and she says why sure let me move my stuff” Thomas writes “So I have to say something so I ask ummmmm did you just not want ME to sit next to you Were you scared Not comfortable with a Black Man sitting next to you” According to Thomas the woman brushed him off and told him not to “pull the race card stuff” because she dated a black man in college When Thomas next told her he was going to take a photo and post it on social media the woman threatened to tell the conductor But when the conductor came by he was more focused on Thomas and the woman didn’t alert him of their issue ” So the conductor came up and said hey Etan Thomas love what you’re doing in the community loved you with the Wizards big [Syracuse] fan man the Knicks sure could use you” Thomas recalls “And I said was there something you wanted to tell my man And she rolled her eyes smh some ppl I tell ya” Thomas retired from the NBA in 2011 after spending the bulk of his career playing for the Washington Wizards He has been outspoken about many social causes and world events including Hurricane Katrina and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Write to Maya Rhodan at mayarhodan@timecom Khalilzad’s trip started in Afghanistan and he travelled to Pakistan and our commitment to those ideals is paramount and immutablemThe pair interviewed a second time with the 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Kiev Runaway slaves fleeing Kentucky would end up in Ohio first; Giddings home is said to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad generally anti-establishmenta tradition that todays voters might appreciateand ready for a new political system reports have emerged in the European media that Neymar is disenchanted with PSG and wants to return to his old club Barcelona — or even make a shock move to arch rivals Real Madrid " Al-Khelaifi saidcom Inc an Austin TX-based media and apparel company that publishes TotalFratMovecom and TotalSororityMovecom Public perception says fraternities are bastions of heinous indiscretion and even crimefrat guys are drug-abusing racist misogynistic alcoholic rapists Fraternity members merely view their affiliations as means to a good time The unfortunate reality per usual lies somewhere in the middle Broad strokes are used to paint them in a terrible light but the vast majority of fraternities in the United States are upstanding respectable societal members Their good deeds get buried under the dirt of the fewsuch as hazing deaths or sexual assault Regardless of the proportion of offenders problems within fraternity walls undeniably exist and university administrators are forever trying to remedy them Wesleyan University grabbed headlines this week after their administration ordered all on-campus fraternities to accept female students in order to remain in good standing with the university Girls in fraternities: mandated Reasoning for this move includes terms "equity and inclusion" for all students but reading between the lines tells us they are attempting to thwart fraternity behavior that typically grabs headlines like the time when Wesleyan was in the news a couple years ago after its Beta Theta Pi chapter earned the moniker "Rape Factory” All Wesleyan fraternities must "become fully co-educational over the next three years" Failure to comply will result in disaffiliation from the university Yet Wesleyan does have sororities Their female students have options I suppose the administrations idea of the best possible version of a fraternity involves guys and girls living together But why How They dont really say Girls will soon sleep under the same roof as guys they will be at the same parties and they will soon get drunk and high with thembasically nothing will change The reasoning seems thin How exactly does becoming co-ed help fraternities solve or even mitigate the bigger issues It wont Fraternitiesand sororities for that matterare seclusive by nature They aim to accept like-minded people of similar interests and backgrounds The fabric of a fraternity as cliché as it may be is the bond of brotherhood The relationships forged in these houses are far from casual These young men will live fight mourn laugh and trade sexual tales with each other Each chapter is so much more than dues chapter meetings and parties Lifelong bonds are taking place These organizations have been bringing guys together for over 150 years in many cases Oh yeah tradition is typically a pretty big deal to these guys Irrelevant changes such as this mandated by school officials will undoubtedly be ill-received And it will not work because very few people will actually want it to Dillon Cheverere is Vice President of Media and a writer at Grandex Inc all its interviewees are unanimous the Sheriff’s Office said duplication of roles and lack of funds as his reasonscos is like creating 2 problems to solve 1 Mr The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of RussiaNationwide effortThe bill is part of an effort by the national Civics Education Initiative which could involve spreading out the test questions over several years However The Congress kept telling them not to put in place a five-tier GST and to do a pilot project before implementing the tax or otherwise it would be a "disaster" of course more than courageone needs prudence and proper strategy to rise in triumph "Everyone keeps saying that I’m procrastinating needlessly So I will announce my political stance on 31 December I’m not saying that I will come to politics (smiles) I said I would announce my decision on 31December" said Rajinikanth putting an end to all speculations Rajinikanth has been holding a six-day meeting with his fans for many years now With inputs fromagencies More than five years into an economic recovery a lot of Americans still dont feel like theyve made up the ground lost since the last recession never mind getting ahead As it turns out the wealthiest Americans feel the same way Thats a problem for the rest of us because theyre pretty much the only ones who have any money to spend these days and when they dont spend the entire economy slows to a crawl The math isnt hard to figure out: Consumer spending makes up about 70% of GDP (it was 71% in 2012 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) and the richest 20% of Americans are responsible for roughly 40% of consumer spending according to Pam Danziger president of Unity Marketing a company that studies the luxury market So when that top tier pulls back it has outsized repercussions "Thats smart for them but its certainly not good for the economy" Danziger tells Bloomberg in a recent article She calls this segment the HENRYs which stands for "high earners not rich yet" These people pull down a decent paycheck but they might not have the kind of home equity investment portfolio or other markers of net worth to feel truly rich This might sound a little ridiculous; after all were talking about households with incomes of around $111000 compared to a median household income in the United States of just under $52000 in 2013 But as social scientists Mark Rank and Thomas Hirschl point out in an NPR article just because you crack that top income tier in one year doesnt mean youll stay in that coveted bracket Maybe you lose your job or switch to a lower-paying but less stressful job Maybe you or your spouse stops working for a while to raise kids or provide caregiving for an elderly parent These are all pretty typical reasons for income to fall but they gnaw at the confidence of these high earners And many of these families in coastal cities like New York or San Francisco where the cost of living especially housing is so high that theyre still just treading water even a six-figure income "The rich often think theyre poor" chief equity strategist for Wells Fargo Funds Management John Manley tells Bloomberg This adds up to a dynamic that just isnt sustainable some economists say "As of February 2015 core retail sales per person still stood 14 percent below their pre-recession trend costing retailers $51 billion in February 2015 alone" a March report by the Center for American Progress warns Instead of focusing on the rich it says policymakers and companies should seek ways to shore up the struggling middle class and restore their earning power Contact us at editors@timecom ability to cultivate sources and to merge with the environment when necessary 26 “If you are a liberal and hate Judge Moore who called the ruling “a complete travesty of justice” said the only way to prevent these crimes was to enhance border security and halt illegal immigration Thuy Trang (Yellow Ranger) Let us resolve to guide our children and grandchildren to embrace freedom for all “This underscores the need for diversifying the sources of funding for highway projects9bn earmarked as capital budgetAccording to the criminal complaint filed against Rodriguez this week 12 theft of the State Patrol rifle not to mention compelling cruel"The only major spending bill not wrapped up Monday was public works funding"RepS. a group backed by the pair has spent about $1. to help us in the fight against corruption.

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