Graet New Leader of New Knowledge Tue, 02 May 2017 09:03:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Top 10 Podcasts for Journalists in 2016 Tue, 02 May 2017 09:03:43 +0000 It’s no secret that the podcasting world has seen quite the renaissance in 2015. It has never been easier to download your favourite podcast to take with you anywhere on your smart phone or tablet. Podcasts are an indispensable journalism resource and will become increasingly so in 2016. The modern journalist simply must keep abreast of the gadgets, software and trends shaping the industry today. The good news is that podcasts make this easier to do than ever-before! Here are ten amazing shows to wrap your ears around in 2016:

10. Content Warfare

Ryan Hanley presents ‘Content Warfare’, this serialized podcast features some of the world’s most prolific creators of online content. Popular topics include content creation and marketing, audience building and social media. This is a good one for anyone working in the digital media space who is keen to keep abreast of the latest trends and tools available out there.

9. @Sree show

Technology journalist Sree Sreenivasan was named Fast Magazine’s most creative person of 2015 for a reason, his podcast @Sreeshow is full of great hands-on advice for the digital journalist. Sree is prolific in the industry and taught at Columbia Journalism School for over 20 years before becoming Chief Digital Officer at the Met Museum of Art in New York City. He gives great advice everything from making the most of social media, photography and design, to tips on the latest mobile technologies. Worth a listen.

8. The High-Income Business Writing Podcast

Ed Gandia is a B2B writer who presents a show which looks at the nitty-gritty of what it takes to succeed in copywriting or business writing. This twice-monthly show is very much aimed at those working in the (freelance) business writing space. Gandia uses real-life case studies to demonstrate the best ways to find better clients, prepare content, or streamline your business as a freelancer (and much more). This is an entertaining and very hands-on podcast and is one to follow in 2016.

7. On The Media

This weekly hour-long radio show/podcast seeks to explore “how the media sausage is made”, as it “lifts the veil on the process of making-media”. And, it does. Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield take us behind the world’s headlines as they skeptically entertain us by revealing how the biggest stories are put together – whilst uncovering the not-so-obvious political narratives in everything we consume in the media. This is an eye-opener and should be required listening.

6. The Freelance Game

Veteran freelancers Andrew Hayward and Nathan Meunier co-host “The Freelance Game” podcast which covers the industry generally (with expertise in video gaming journalism). This very entertaining podcast specializes in dispensing advice on all areas of a freelance writer’s life. If you need advice on pitching to editors, interview strategies or diversifying your income as a freelancer then you need to check this out.

5. The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

The Media Podcast is recorded in London’s Covent Garden and is brought to us by Olly Mann (writer, gadget correspondent, LBC Radio presenter and occasional TV news commentator). Our affable presenter is our guide to all-things broadcast, print and digital media-industry related. The show frequently features leading UK-based journalists and should be required listening for anyone interested in the inner-workings of the British media.

4. How to Cover Money

The How To Cover Money podcast is a weekly podcast bought to us by Arizona State University’s Reynolds National Center For Business Journalism. Hosts Micheline Maynard and Mark Remillard offer advice on how to make money from stories (even if you aren’t a business journalist). This is a serialized podcast which comes from a business journalism perspective (but provides help for all journalists by offering useful strategies for covering and making money from stories more generally). A very good reference for anyone interested in business or financial journalism.


This is one of Britain’s leading media-related podcasts for a reason. Listeners are invited to take a look at the latest trends in digital journalism. The show often features industry experts who give an insight into how British newsrooms are handling these changes. Topics covered include everything from how to get into specific areas of journalism such as technology or broadcast, to tips for student journalists. The web-site ( is also worth a look and can be a great place to find media jobs.

2. The Media Show (BBC Radio 4)

Guardian columnist Steve Hewlett presents BBC Radio 4’s own ‘The Media Show’, a podcast which features discussions into areas such as censorship, business, ethics as well as general analysis of the fast-changing media world. Expect new episodes every Wednesday. This one is well-funded, well-produced and ensures influential guests on a regular basis. Recent guests include the Chief exec of Trinity Mirror, the owner of The Huffington Post, and the CEO of Virgin Media.

1. The Longform Podcast

Our number one podcast to follow in 2016 goes to The Longform Podcast. Each week hosts Max Linsky, Aaron Lammer and Evan Ratliff (CEO of media software company Atavist) invite a renowned journalist or editor to take us behind the scenes of a news story (whilst providing a master-class in journalism). If you want to get to know the people reporting the stories, or if you’re interested in how the world’s best staff writers or freelancers got started, then you need to listen to this podcast. Recent guests include a Pulitzer Prize winner, war-correspondents, and senior writers for the world’s leading publications. Longform deserves five-stars and wins the award for number-one podcast to follow in 2016.

All You Need to Know About Making Money As a Blogger Tue, 02 May 2017 04:58:59 +0000 You can be making money as a blogger! No joke. Keep in mind, though, that behind every successful blogger stands a lot of hard work and perseverance. Not only that, but a blogger has to love what he’s writing about.

Making Money As A Blogger Means Content and Site Traffic

Not only do you need enthusiasm, you need useful content that people want to read about. Once you have that– along with a steady flow of traffic to your site–you can start thinking about ways to make money. One of the best ways to do this is through advertising. Advertising can be either direct or indirect.

Direct Advertising for Making Money as a Blogger

Direct advertising means getting income directly from the blog. This can be done by selling ad space on your blog. There are some good programs such as AdSense that can scan blog text and add contextual ads. AdSense works well with practical subjects that can come up with a commercial angle. It doesn’t work so well for abstract subjects such as politics or religion. Payment is on a “per click” (CPC) basis.

Another direct earning method is using blog ads. The advantage with this is that bloggers can control the kind of ads that show up on their sites and how much they charge for the ads. The disadvantage is that if the price is too high, you might not get any ads.

Text links are also a good way to sell ads directly. They don’t take up much room on your blog and you can also control what type of ads get put up. A good program for setting up text links is Chitika. There are also other direct advertising methods such as RSS advertising and the latest-mobile application advertising.

Indirect Advertising for Making Money As A Blogger

Indirect advertising means making money because of your blog. This is another good way for making money as a blogger once your blog starts getting a higher profile. Indirect advertising can include such things as consulting and coaching services. Once people start seeing a blogger as an expert in a particular field, they will start going to him for advice. And people are willing to pay for good advice.

Many bloggers also advertise books-either e-books or hard covers-that they’ve written. Sometimes publishers will even come to a blogger because they have put themselves “out there” with a book idea. But even selling a few copies of an e-book online every month can turn out to be quite lucrative in the long run.

Additional Tips for Making Money as a Blogger

In addition, a successful blogger can offer courses, audios/videos and webinars as well as make himself available for speaking opportunities and training programs. In addition to offering products he has produced, a blogger can give referrals for products made by others. In that case, the blogger will get a percentage of the profit made through his referral.

All in all, there are many exciting opportunities for making money as a blogger if you are willing to work at it and dream big!

Karen Marrow is passionate about blogging and affiliate marketing. To learn more about blogging and how to make money as a blogger, visit her site about becoming a blogger.

World Economic News: China’s Heavy Industry Overcapacity Tue, 02 May 2017 00:14:37 +0000 Although China’s real estate industry has slowed considerably in the last few years, its heavy industries production has seen little reduction. The result of this slow in growth yet continued over-production is having world-wide impacts. The European Union Chamber of Commerce recently reported that the effect of this “completely untethered” overcapacity is having “far-reaching” effects on the world. Although Beijing has laid out plans on dealing with this over-production, heavy industries around the world, particularly those located in Asian and European countries continue to raise concerns.

According to the European Chamber, Asia manufactures more steel than the next four largest producers combined (Japan, India, the United States of America, and Russia). The Chamber further reported that in just two years, Asia produced the same amount of cement that the United States produced in the whole 20th Century.

Other world markets are accusing China of dumping their capacities into their markets and damaging local heavy industries. As Internal growth has slowed, China has been forced to look else where to distribute the oversupply. By exporting heavy materials, China hopes to continue the production of such materials to aid in the assistance of the development of its economy. According to Chinese Customs information, steel exports increased 20% in 2015.

Although some industries are benefiting from China’s increased exports of low-priced heavy industrial products, other industries around the world are blaming this overcapacity for their losses. One of the world’s leaders in the steel industry, ArcelorMittal (Luxembourg-based steel maker), blames China’s overcapacity for its 8 billion dollar losses and resulting layoffs they suffered in 2015.

However, Chinese leaders have promises and plans on dealing with these over production issues. Beijing has announced that they will cut the production of steel by 150 million tons over the next 5 years. President Xi Jinping has further plans for soaking up this overproduction by selling to Central Asian and the Middle East by means of the “One Belt Road Plan” he is developing. (This type of trade route is basically a resurrection of the ancient Silk Road trade routs.)

Will these measures be enough? Some countries are skeptical as to whether these measures will be sufficient.

While some are losing, opportunities for others are born. China is the number one exporter of various products around the world. Their large population coupled with an increasingly well-educated workforce is creating a market of manufacturers and suppliers who can produce high-quality products quickly and efficiently. World-wide, the number of businesses realizing these opportunities are growing as the number of businesses importing has seen increases over the last few years.

As various heavy industry suppliers in the world carefully watch China’s export increases or decreases, other industries are open to the idea of cheaper Chinese exports. As 2016 continues to progress, world industries all have their eyes on China and the amount at which they will be reducing their heavy industry exports..

Arizona Sports News Online Mon, 01 May 2017 19:21:28 +0000 Local news brings you information about the spring training stadium/complex which is going to be built for the Arizona Diamondbacks which is said to be a $100 million investment. Updates on all Arizona college, high school and pro teams give you enough date to select feeds and teams. Sportsbook reviews are very informative. Sports news cover sporting events that range from cycling, fantasy sports, NBA, NFL, Olympics, Pac-10, Spring Training, Soccer, Racing etc.

The online Arizona has online registrations to Sports conferences at the Convention Center at Downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Your valued ratings and picks can be send online which include voting for sports that you consider should be included in the 2016 Olympics! It is imperative that an avid gambler who is hooked on online sportsbetting makes it a point to subscribe to sports news like the Arizona Daily Star etc. Pull down menus will help you to find notes, standings, news, statistics, live results and rosters for sports like Baseball, Football, Women’s basketball, Men’s basketball, Golf, Hockey, Racing, Tennis, Soccer and even more!

Arizona has always treated baseball like a tradition and Phoenix is one of the most popular cities for this game. Online sports news gives you all the latest updates that you would otherwise miss. The big names in cable television in Phoenix are Qwest and Cox with great customer service. Internet service helps you save cash by offering you other services as well. Online sports news is an effective media format through which sports news can be spread very fast to a huge number of people at the same time.

With Qwest in Phoenix, though they are generally classified as “cable”, they are technically satellite services that provide you with a very good customer service and you can watch the latest sports news online. Avid online sports gamblers find it easy to navigate through various sites that offer thorough details and information on betting. The Arizona etc are sites which has various content and covers a large range of sports like online horseracing, football, baseball and hockey.

Apart from the usual sports news with latest updates of a particular sport Arizona sports news online gives its readers important gambling online news that give them the upper hand as they are more savvy about what is going on in the sporting world and this increases their chances of winning. This online sports news will tell you all you need to know from “Chizbang” to Chase Field and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Good News for Gold Mon, 01 May 2017 15:00:52 +0000 If you ever get the chance to go camping near an old gold or silver mine, take it. I did years ago. Not only is it a great experience, but it made me a better metals investor too.

Why? Well, there’s nothing like seeing long-dead, abandoned mineworks with your own eyes. You realize, in a visceral way, that someone made a best-guess calculation on supply and demand decades ago – and guessed wrong.

That’s been the case in recent years too, with gold prices way down from 2011.

But that’s about to change…

My camping trip was a spur-of-the-moment thing. I was in Reno for a conference. A buddy of mine had a topo map of some old mines in the high desert of the Santa Rosa Mountains, about four hours to the north.

We drove up, camped out amid the sagebrush, and the next morning, hiked our way up a steep hillside to a small plateau. That’s where we found the mine entrance (dynamited shut), an old wooden hut and other tumbled-down remnants of the operation.

We also found the mine’s “power plant”: the long-rusted skeleton of a Model T, sitting up on blocks. Instead of wheels, it had big conveyor-belt spindles bolted to its axles!

It’s a long distance, in terms of time and technology, from that old mine to the huge, industrial heap leachate gold mines that dot northern Nevada today.

But the long multi-decade cycles of supply and demand, boom and bust, remain. And though few outside the industry are talking about it yet, the seeds for the next boom are already in the wind.

The reason has to do with global production.

Peak Gold?

According to industry insiders, top investment bankers and others, 2015 will be the peak year in world gold output.

If you believe the common-sense idea that lots of supply equals lower prices, then that’s the bad news.

The good news? Those same sources say production is headed a lot lower in 2016 and beyond.

Nevada’s gold mining statistics tell a small part of the story.

Last month, the state’s division of minerals totaled up its gold production stats for 2014: It fell to 4.9 million ounces, the lowest in 27 years.

But here’s the bigger trend: Nevada’s total production actually peaked in 1998 at almost 9 million ounces. Since then, gold production has declined in 12 out of the last 17 years.

What’s happening? In a nutshell, the areas with the highest-grade ores have all been systematically dug out. And because Nevada contributes the lion’s share of America’s gold output, America’s production data tells a similar story.

The stats from Australia and South Africa are much the same. Gold production in South Africa peaked in 1970. Australia topped out in 1997.

For a long time, production from China and Russia filled the gap.

But with gold prices way down, more mines closing and gold-mining companies wisely avoiding new projects, the “production cliff” (as some analysts call it) is finally on our doorstep…

Goldman Sachs, in a report in March, sees only “20 years of known mineable reserves of gold” left in the world. The bank noted fewer and fewer discoveries of new gold deposits since 1995.

Earlier this month, analysts at the National Bank of Canada told The Financial Post, “It’s not a matter of if or even when the production cliff will happen. It’s really a matter of how companies respond.” According to the bank, world production of gold will drop sharply in the next few years.

Likewise, an analyst at Grant Thornton told that “2015 will be the peak in world gold production.”
A Hidden Gold Buffer

So if all that’s the case, you say, why haven’t we seen higher prices yet?

One big reason is the influence of “scrap gold” on the world marketplace. All those melted-down earrings, bracelets and tooth fillings constitute a major source of supply – as much as 36% in 2011 and 2012.

But that source is steadily drying up too. In 2014, only 28% of the world gold supply came from recycled sources. The World Gold Council noted that the supply of recycled gold hit its lowest level since 2007.

Those trends remain in 2015. The group says the supply of recycled gold dropped 3%, and another 8%, in the first two quarters of the year (on a year-over-year basis).

Supply Crunch Will Lead to Higher Prices

Here’s a final point: It takes time for new information to filter its way into any marketplace. The boom and bust of gold prices? That’s old news by now, fully discounted in the price of the metal and its miners.

But what is it that most people don’t realize yet (and would scarcely believe if you told them)? The gold “production cliff” fits the bill. As new data bears out the forecast, look for this to be a major new catalyst for gold prices in the quarters to come.

A veteran investor and longtime financial journalist, JL Yastine is a contributor to Sovereign Investor Daily. He also serves as editorial director, focusing on creation and development of new products and editorial resources that will help the Society’s members “be Sovereign.” Read more at The Sovereign Investor Daily.

Broadcast Television Makes It Clear: It’s a Man’s World Mon, 01 May 2017 10:09:42 +0000 During this election season, I had the opportunity to listen to ‘talking heads’ on television outlets talk about what former Secretary Clinton did wrong. Never did we hear about what she has accomplished and how her career has changed lives. When General Collin Powell left his job as the Secretary of State, we heard crickets. Even when Condoleezza Rice left the Secretary of State’s Office; there was no scrutiny, no backroom discussions, and no investigations into the torture issue under the Bush Administration.

It just seems that the women really get a kick in the knees when they want to go further in their careers. Former HP (Hewlett-Packard) CEO, Carly Fiorina was highly criticized by her staff, and by folks that wanted to run against her in the 2016 election. One of the men had the audacity to make reference to her looks as a measuring stick in which we should vote for her. It was totally insulting and abusive. In my opinion, her biggest mistake was running as a Republican for President.

The polls that are coming out in favor of former Secretary Hillary Clinton; yet they are skewed and can’t be trusted. We don’t know if they are trying to give actual numbers, or are they using any scientific data? I never hear who they’re collecting the data from, or what demographic are they using to determine if Donald J. Trump is ahead or Clinton is winning. It’s a mystery show!

This is the problem that each political party is facing. If they don’t support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, you have elected a man (Trump) who has no experience whatsoever, (except giving money for access) and has no moral compass for human beings or for human rights… and ties to Russian oligarchs.

If Hillary Clinton is elected, you are seemingly supporting someone whose judgment or ethical lines are skewed. The opposition has painted the Clinton Foundation as a money pit. Let’s be clear. There has been no investigation into the Clinton Foundation doing anything wrong. There have been no outright criminal investigations that would suggest the need to shut the Clinton Foundation down; as they did the Trump Foundation in New York.

Nonetheless, going back to my original point, the men are not as scrutinized as the women when they aspire to higher offices (like Senator or President) or higher post in the workplace? I see a lot of one-sided reporting on television; especially the early morning shows, who shall remain nameless for now. The saddest phenomenon is: these are television shows that are sponsored by men, coordinated by men, tailored by men, produced by men, and financially subsidized by men. It’s sickening.

If women are ever going to have a fair system of reporting; then women have to produce their own television shows during prime time. Women have to become a force to reckon with in the digital broadcast media conglomerate. Furthermore, the world has such an online presence; women need to be as strong on the web as they are anywhere.

Lately, the polls are finally taking notice that women are running for more Senate offices and Congressional seats in Washington D.C., and women may very well take over the Congress and Senate eventually. Three women did win Senatorial Seats on Tuesday night; Kamala Harris of Maryland, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire. Women do have the momentum. But I want to see women become fairly reported about in the news as well. That has not happened. I want to see women discussing issues about women and discussing the plight of our children on serious news shows.

So, we are not just sitting as a token female that is being disrespected. I’m sick of seeing a woman talking on the show and a male host who continually speaks over her, and drowns her out while she’s reading the facts. Nor do I appreciate a woman being called names, while men refer to them as ‘obsessed with sex,’ just because she is raising the issue of sexual assault. Any assault on women and children is a horrible crime and it needs attention in this election cycle and discussions on-going beyond the election season!

Our current news broadcast formula has to change and change soon. Or else, women, we can just continue to believe and tell our daughters; it’s a man’s world and nothing will change that perspective. No matter how many cracks in the glass ceiling there are.

Tracy T. Brittain, is a professional commentarial with over thirty-years of experience.
Next, her education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, and currently taking coursework toward a second Master’s in English with a concentration in Creative Writing/nonfiction. Brittain’s knowledge extends into writing essays, opinions, politics, health & fitness, self-improvement, business travel, relationships, news and current events society writer. Furthermore, she loves to comment, and write thought provoking topics about current events, she often writes about lighter subjects for people with open hearts and open minds. In the past, she has appeared in USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, and other local newspapers and a frequent contributor to Some of the most read articles are: “The Implosion of the Republican Party,” “The Whistleblower Effect On Police Departments,” and “Feminist Are People Too, My Friends.” In the future, there may be a radio show on YouTube coming before the end of the year… TBD. Thank you for reading.

Why The World Cup Is The Best Sporting Event In The World, And Why It’s Not Enough Mon, 01 May 2017 05:25:30 +0000 The World Cup comes along once in a blue moon- actually a blue moon is happens more regularly (once every 2.7 years according to trustworthy internet sources, and far more regularly at my house thanks to my wife)- and captivates the entire world. This is its greatness, and its tragedy.

Think about that for a minute- a sporting event that generally occurs in one time zone, but is important enough to 32 different nations to cause businesses to shut down, and people to commune, watch, celebrate, cry and everything in between in nearly every time zone across the globe. Every nation with representation going into group play, technically, has a >3% chance of achieving a victory that would likely mean more to that country than any other attainable feat. It creates a sense of community, unity and synergy that is unlike any other event, Olympics included.

Unlike the Olympics, the world actually pays attention to Soccer during the 47 months that span the time between events (Sorry curling, I still love you-just once every 4 years is all… ). Premier League viewership in the US- a country seen globally as a barbaric, football-loving, futbol-hating country- is at an all time high. With the addition of Premier League games to premiere cable networks, and the steady growth of the MLS, top notch soccer has never been more accessible. But I would argue that there is more to it than that…

-Soccer is by far the most global sport. Stars from every continent, sans Antarctica, convene to create the best competition possible. Not only does this increase the quality of soccer being played, but also the interest level for countries who may not otherwise have a dog in the fight. In America, baseball has always dipped into the southern hemisphere and basketball has more international players than ever- but no other sport captivates the global audience like soccer.

-You know what to expect- 105 minutes with halftime, give or take 10 minutes, and you are in and out in under 2 hours.

-Low scoring does not equal boring- This World Cup has been one of the highest scoring in history, but I would argue that the most drama stems from the low scoring, close games. The Mexico-Brazil game that ended 0-0, much to the chagrin of soccer haters everywhere, was one of the most exciting games of the entire tournament.

It might just be part of the grieving process- but I found myself, after the US exited in the round of 16, questioning why we have to wait 4 years to do this again? One of the most frequent questions I hear from the casual spectator is “What do I do now?”. People like to get to know players, teams, stories, etc. The national teams that competed in 2014 will look drastically different than the teams that show up in Russia in 2018, simply by virtue of the amount of time that has passed. Only 4 players from the 2014 US Mens National Team played significant minutes for the 2010 team, and I would wager that 4 is probably a good over-under number for the carry-overs that will contribute to the 2018 team. Fans need a way to remain connected to the players they have come to know. Players need an opportunity to develop chemistry that isn’t possible in the short amount of time they are allotted to train with their national teams.

What if we could create a competition once, twice, or even thrice in a blue moon that would allow the casual fan to maintain that connection they developed with their national team? International soccer needs something to fill the void. A well-organized international competition would be the perfect way to keep fan interest abound, provide development opportunities for national teams outside of meaningless friendlies, and ultimately provide a platform for the world to remain invested in the team they have gotten to know. Currently there are a number of tournaments (Gold Cup, Euro Cup, Copa America, Confederations Cup), but none of these are all-encompassing enough to create much interest outside of their perspective regions, and in some cases not even there.

Maybe we are already heading in that direction? According to this article CONCACAF and CONMEBOL are teaming up for a joint tournament in 2016 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Copa America. It will essentially be a combination of the Gold Cup and Copa America, featuring 16 legitimate teams. Definitely a step in the right direction, and hopefully it attracts enough popularity to become the norm going forward. Even better news? It will be held in the United States My general.

It is my hope that this trend continues, because one legitimate international soccer tournament every 1.48 Blue Moons simply isn’t enough.

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Presidential Campaign 2016 Mon, 01 May 2017 00:45:25 +0000 The 2016 Presidential Campaign has fueled the fervor of the masses demonstrating the frustrations and conflicts Americans are challenged with every day. The gloves are off. The gloves are off — not just off between one political party and the opposing political party — but instead, removed between the individual and the government.

The gloves were removed in response to the anger Americans have seized in search of a better way. They held their tongues, they tried to behave non-violently and keep their hands to themselves. They let the government manage the wars. They let the government manage the terrorists. They let the government manage the corporations and “outsource” American jobs in the name of “peace.” They went along. We went along.

Now, however, the individual is reacting. The individual from all parts of the world, from various societies, cultures and types of government system. From the terrorist to the everyday citizen, people are enraged. The outbursts at campaign events and the recent arrest of a campaign manager is reflective of the social and political environment in which we live. The frustration felt by Americans which is currently being demonstrated in both verbal and physical outbursts of emotional and sometimes violent behavior, is possibly more a reaction to the current State of the Union than in response to the words of one presidential candidate. The current State of the Union is the fuel to the proverbial fire. Whether victim or foe, the natives are restless.

The natives are restless causing societal and political unrest. Violence is increasing and governments respond with increased violence, bigger guns, and newer policies to control something or someone. Then, the next day, we read about how “free” we are. We read about our “democracy” while neglecting to the mention the mob psychology behind it.

In 1907, Jane Addams, Democracy and Social Ethics, argued that “politics is not contained in an airtight compartment, unrelated to the community. Instead, it is one of the modes of expression of the basic moral habits of a group of people.” Men and women, observed Addams, had “become unhappy in regard to their attitude toward the social order itself; toward the dreary round of uninteresting work; the pleasure narrowed down to those of appetite, the declining consciousness of brain power, and the lack of mental food which characterizes the lot of the large proportion of their fellow-citizens.” The thoughts and feelings of the men and women in the early 1900s seem to reflect the same thoughts and concerns of the men and women in 2016. Despite great technological advances in information dissemination through telecommunication systems, combined with the speed of social media, not much social progress has really been achieved during the last 100 years.

Our presidential political campaigns seem to bring out the worst in people. This season it has brought out the worst in the politicians seeking office. The brash insults, counterattacks, computer violations, and the occasional violent behavior have reduced this campaign season to a global exhibit of the immorality of society and the individuals who want to govern it. What is even more insulting is what appears to be a lack of understanding of the true meaning of separation of Church and State. This lack of understanding is demonstrated by the candidates seeking governmental offices and also by the individual Americans who seem to have forgotten the many reasons our founding forefathers deserted England and wrote the Constitution of the United States.

We contradict our own stated morals every day in multiple ways. We are counterproductive and contradictory in both thought and deed. We argue and protest over our freedom of speech, yet fail to understand what freedom of the press has to do with it. We fail to keep the presses running and, thus, went paperless with our newspapers too. We lost historical data and chain-of-evidence also. We let our presidents push the press and then wonder who invaded our electronic inbox My Latest News.

The wide difference between politicians and constituents, concludes Addams, is the difference in their “daily experience”. The “well-to-do” of the community think of politics as something off by itself. They may conscientiously recognize political duty as part of good citizenship, explains Addams, “but political effort is not the expression of their moral or social life.” Politicians, it seems, experience a different reality regarding politics than does the average citizen.

Thus, the “reform movements,” particularly those started by business men and the better element, are almost wholly occupied in the “correction of political machinery” and with a concern for the better method of administration; rather than with the ultimate purpose of securing the welfare of the people, concludes Addams. They focus their attention on methods and, thereby, fail to consider the final aims of city government. Thus, reform movements tend to lose their educational value for the mass of people. The negativity and oppressive nature of this presidential campaign season is burdened with direct aggression and assertive accusations. This is in direct contrast to previous presidential campaigns filled with promises of hope everlasting and goodwill towards men – if elected.

Merlene is a researcher, writer and New Age journalist. Topics of specialization are usually related to human behavior, psychology, criminology, relationships, religion, society, ethics, politics, and more.

Is The United States Already In A Recession in 2016? Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:53:03 +0000 The definition of a recession in economic terms is two-consecutive quarters of retreating growth. Now then, we’ve seen some issues in the US, first, railroad profits and shipments are down, and the trucking industry isn’t selling very many new trucks (tractors) or trailers. There was an interesting article in the AP recently titled;

“CSX Predicts Challenging Year For Railroad In 2016” by Josh Funk (AP Business Writer) on January 12, 2016 and it was republished in Manufacturing.Net online news which stated: “CSX Corp. expects to deliver lower profits in 2016 as weak demand for coal and crude oil persists and the strong U.S. dollar continues to limit exports. The railroad’s forecast for lower freight volume suggests the overall U.S. economy may be slowing after several years of steady growth. We’re calling it almost a freight recession,” Chairman and CEO Michael Ward said Wednesday. “We really think there are some challenges on the industrial side of the economy.”

In the Wall Street Journal there was another piece that scares those of us who really understand the economy and how it really works; “Big Rig Buyers Slam On The Brakes,” by Brian Baskin on January 7, 2016 which stated:

“Trucking companies are buying fewer vehicles amid lackluster demand for hauling freight, triggering job cuts amongst equipment manufacturers and leaving near record-number big rigs gathering dust on dealership lots,” and “Heavy Duty truck orders plunged 37% in December from same month last year figures according to data compiled by industry research firm FTR.”

You see, while everyone is focused on things like China, the stock market, war in Syria, price of oil, and US primary politics, no one seems to be looking at the economic fundamentals of where we really are. We’ve been told unemployment is low, that GDP growth is about 2% annualized in the US, etc. but most of those numbers are not very reliable. Retail Christmas season was okay, not great and although there have been some success stories, such as automobile sales and airline profits due to low oil prices, all is not well in the World, and things are not nearly as rosy as purported here either.

We cannot simply ignore the fundamentals of our economy and look the other way, when things are a miss. When we see holes in the propaganda of optimism, it’s time to call them out. The recovery from the 2008 recession was the worst recovery we’ve ever had, and that up-cycle appears to be ending, our trading partners are in trouble, and there is no central bank big enough to bail out everyone or stimulus us out of the train wreck ahead. Pay attention, things are about to get very interesting in 2016 My Live Updates.

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Where Is a Company Most Likely to Go Insolvent In 2016? Sun, 30 Apr 2017 15:25:43 +0000 Insolvency is one of those elements of business that will never leave us. Just as some businesses thrive in the marketplace, others struggle and of those, some are always destined to become insolvent. Whilst you might be forgiven for thinking that insolvency rates remain the same everywhere, that’s simply not true. Indeed, according to leading trade credit insurer Atradius, there’s an imbalance in the global economy which will see some countries with increased insolvent business and others seeing numbers drop.

In their latest insolvency forecast, they published their predictions for 22 major trade markets, and whilst their overall prediction is for a fall in the number of insolvent businesses in 2016, that fall will be extremely modest. The potential of a new global economic recession and the continued low price of oil across the world do poise threats to businesses though. Nevertheless, they’re sticking with a -5% predicted change in aggregate insolvencies.

Of more interest is the news that the total number of bankruptcies anticipated for 2016 is 67% higher than it was in pre-recession 2007, and in some key countries is startlingly higher. Consider for a moment that Portuguese businesses are 440% more likely to go insolvent than they were in 2007, Italian businesses are 280% more likely and Spanish ones are 250% more likely. Clearly, the economic recovery hasn’t hit every nation equally.

The story extends towards Greece, which had huge economic issues in 2015, which culminated in their parliament accepting a recovery deal from the Eurozone. Understandably, 2015 saw a 10% increase in business failures, but 2016 is set to see another 5% increase, making it very difficult time to be a Greek business.

The likes of Switzerland, Luxembourg, Norway and New Zealand are expected to see no improvements to insolvency rates in 2016. Whilst the UK will only see a 1% improvement in the numbers of insolvent businesses, which is a dramatic fall from the 9% improvement witnessed across the 2015 fiscal year.

This is all contingent on a series of highly unstable factors in the global economy, particularly that of China. The country have posted a number of revisions to their growth for the year and have had to suspend their stock market on numerous occasions because of sharp falls in its value. Should China recover from these stumbles, we could witness an entirely different type of global economy, one which posts good growth in spite of the dire predictions.

Jason Curtis, Commercial Director at Atradius had this to say on the report: “”The challenging external environment combined with low commodity prices is putting pressure on global markets which is increasing the risk of insolvencies in spite of strengthening domestic economies. This is a clear warning shot to businesses which must stay attuned to the risks of trading even as the economy recovers My True Care.

Despite improvements in insolvency statistics for UK and Ireland in 2015 and predicted improvements again for 2016, the market remains challenging with insolvency levels still significantly higher than pre-recession. There are few businesses able to absorb the impact of a failed customer and businesses must continue to protect themselves and have robust credit management systems in place.”

Walsh Taylor are one of the North’s company leading insolvency practitioners and offer assistance to businesses in trouble each and every day. Their helpful and friendly staff are always happy to take a phone call, so if you’re looking for insolvency practitioners Wakefield or insolvency practitioners Barnsley, look no further than Walsh Taylor.