Anti-Trump mogul Jeff Bezos’ net worth languishes under Trump’s tyranny   
We hear a lot, especially from the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, about how Donald Trump threatens democracy. Bezos’ plaything has recently chosen the melodramatic motto Democracy Dies in the Dark. So, clearly the stock market must be discounting Mr. Bezos’s future earnings under the lash of Trump, right? After […]
          Jeff Bezos: Amazon's Whole Foods deal has 4 'dreamy' enticements   
How Whole Foods fits in with Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos' four-factor acquisition strategy.

          All the companies in Jeff Bezos’s empire, in one (large) chart   
With a net worth of $84.7 billion, Bezos has made a number of investments and acquisitions. Here is a snapshot of the empire.

          Fire, Ready, Aim!   
I always loved that saying. It was one that was sunk into me by a colleague Barbara Baird of Lotus Organizer fame. No idea what she is doing now but man she had her finger on the pulse of how people really were and how they really acted.

I was recently talking to a Lotus employee about a bunch of stuff and was asked "why don't customers get the power of custom applications". My answer "don't forget people Act then Think versus Think then Act". It is not that customers don't get the power of custom applications it is that they don't think about it first anymore. The more I get out there really working with customers the more I see how true this is.

Customers say, "I want to be in better touch with my customers and partners so I need a CRM package". You have to read into that statement alone. What automatically brings them to conclude the fact that they need a CRM package? Well, someone told them. Next they say well I need to look at SAP or Oracle or Siebel or Saleforce.com (sorry MS Dynamics is not on the tip of the tongue yet). Why? Again because they have been influenced to think that these COTS (consumer off the shelf) based products are the best. So then what really happens. They buy one of these and end up spending thousands of dollars customizing it to have this report or that report or capture this data or that data blah blah blah....you get the picture.

In addition, custom applications have gotten a bad stigma over the past 3 or 4 years (especially in the public sector). CIOs and IT managers are afraid to build a best of breed solution for the most part because they are afraid if it doesn't work then they will get canned. Custom applications have always had the hard issue also of "now who will support it" or "what happens when one component gens itself and breaks the solution". Very few people anymore, sit there and think, "well I need the best workflow engine, the best database and indexing capabilities, the best search performance, the best data capture capabilities...etc...".

The sad truth though is that everyone needs custom applications. Software is about business and in the true sense of form follows function, not all businesses are ran the same. Do you really think Jeff Bezos used a COTS product to manage his shipping without at least customizing it to fit a unique on-line shopping model? To compete we have to be unique. To be unique you need systems that can adapt and react at business speed now.

This war around custom vs COTS is enabled by the advancement in the openness and robustness of the engines today but as always it will be won by the applications. How good is a motor without a car or boat to power? A good friend of mine, Peter O'Kelly, use to say "it's the apps stupid" all the way back in 1993 when we first started working on Lotus Notes together. How right he was. Luckily he didn't bet me $.07 then.

You want to win the war? You have to fight the battle on multiple fronts. Your platform/engine message needs to be targeted at the ISVs not the customers. You have to get them to realize you have some very unique pieces that could allow them to build better COTS products. You then have to help them take that message to the consumer that there are COTS products available on the platform. Either that or get into the COTS business yourself (which I would recommend at least for a certain amount of applications). Then in a high touch sales model convince them that your COTS is good but it is the ease of customization that makes the Solution powerful!
          DE LOS DÍAS IMPORTANTES.   
F.P. C. GALENO CB CAPUCHINOS: 46
BASKET CARTAGENA: 55


Desde el punto de vista de quien forma parte activa de este club de Baloncesto que es el Basket Cartagena, si tuviera que elegir un día dentro de la temporada de verdadera relevancia o importancia para el club, sin duda me quedo con el acto de presentación de los equipos federados y escuelas.
Ayer tuvo lugar este acto social, en el que se dieron cita en el Pabellón Central unas 5.000 personas según la organización y no más de 1.000 según la conserjería del pabellón. Aprovecho para agradecer el gran trabajo que es capaz de hacer una sola persona, el trabajador de la concejalía de deportes al que ayer le tocó lidiar con nosotros,  al mando de semejante instalación. Una vez más demostró su profesionalidad ya que estuvo dándonos un excelente apoyo en todo lo que se le solicitó. Gracias Carlos.

 
Acompañándonos en este acto en el que nuestro presidente, Pedro Collados, puso todo su esfuerzo y cariño para que cada detalle estuviese controlado, estuvieron el presidente y director deportivo de la E.B. Salesianos, presidente y secretario general de la FBRM, así como el Concejal de Deportes del Ayuntamiento de Cartagena José Cabezos el cual, en el apartado de oratorias del acto, respondió al órdago lanzado por el Presidente de la FBRM en el que le solicitaba más apoyo y colaboración económica con el baloncesto, con la ya tradicional y socorrida frase de "estamos en tiempos de crisis".

 
En lo que a mí respecta y como miembro de la Junta Directiva del Club, decir que nuestro club no tiene hasta el día de la fecha ningún pero en cuanto al apoyo que recibe de nuestro Ayuntamiento. Sabemos que el momento no es el mejor y aún así algo de dinero siempre nos cae, pero lo que más valoramos sin duda alguna es la inmejorable colaboración que recibimos de los trabajadores de la Concejalía de Deportes así como la cesión de sus instalaciones y servicios, y todo ello bajo la inestimable supervisión y apoyo de Eduardo Armada, amigo del Club Basket Cartagena donde los haya. Ellos son los verdaderos artífices de que la mayoría de los deportes de base puedan llevarse a cabo en nuestra ciudad y así debemos reconocerlo.
 
 
Dejó también dicho el concejal que se acerca el momento en el que el deporte de base dejará de percibir subvenciones. Entiendo que las instituciones, con los pocos recursos de que disponen, tengan otras urgencias a las que atender, pero lo que sí le pediría es algo más de colaboración o gestión ante las grandes empresas de nuestra ciudad para que se impliquen más y sean más generosos con los deportes de base, en esos que no son tan rentables económicamente hablando pero sí dejan unas rentas incomparables en cuanto a la formación de personas en los principios de la igualdad y solidaridad, amén del consabido "mens sana in corpore sano", frase a la que me he permitido como no recortarle el "Orandum est ut sit..." para adaptarla a mis pretensiones.
 
Hablaba al principio de esta entrada de la importancia de este día de la presentación para el club, y es que realmente es un gran orgullo poder reunir a todos sus componentes, jugadores, monitores de escuelas, cuerpo técnico, directivos, familiares y amigos anónimos del club que también los hay, en un mismo lugar, pisando pista que es lo que a todos nos gusta,  y disfrutando de una tarde de auténtica camaradería, todos bajo un mismo escudo y orgullosos de nuestros colores.
 
Durante el acto se rindió homenaje a José Moreno, el que ha sido vicepresidente del Club desde su creación en 2007, por la excelente labor que ha realizado durante todos estos años y sobre todo por su generosidad con el club, al que ha entregado tantas horas de trabajos y esfuerzos. Sirva esta cita para mostrar también mi agradecimiento a Pepe, no solo por lo expuesto sino también por la paciencia que tienes conmigo en la pista de padel, en la que tanto aprendo de tí todos los martes.

 
 
  
En cuanto al partido de nuestro junior, parece ser que el equipo se hizo grande en la mañana del día de su presentación y dio de sí cuanto su entrenador exigió y para lo que entrenan con dureza. Digo parece ser porque me lo perdí por motivos de agenda. Probablemente es el primer partido que me pierdo en muchos años y mira por donde resultó ser el mejor en lo que va de temporada. Pero afortunadamente la tecnología ha puesto a nuestro servicio el maléfico "wasap" y algún amigo sufridor me estuvo informando puntualmente del desarrollo del encuentro, amén de lo leído en la crónica de "mi visión del basket" con la que me hago una idea de las distintas fases que tuvo el partido, siempre bajo control cartagenero.
 
Este resultado no viene más que a confirmar lo que en todos los comentarios de entradas anteriores se coincide, y es que los equipos de esta liga están muy igualados, lo que le da un plus de emoción y competición a cada jornada, haciendo que las quinielas que tanto nos gustan varíen de un fin de semana a otro.
 
 Fotografía de Antonio Céspedes
 

          Trump loves to say media companies are 'failing' — here's how they're actually performing   

Trump watching Super BowlReuters/Carlos Barria

President Donald Trump often labels media companies as "failing." He's taken shots at BuzzFeed during press conferences. He's repeatedly pounded on CNN, and particularly enjoyed that network's recent journalism stumble.

And of course, Trump has hammered the MSNBC show "Morning Joe" this week, causing a political firestorm that has stretched across both parties.

If you follow the advertising business, you'd not be surprised to hear that traditional media business models are under a lot of pressure as consumer consumption habits are going through rapid changes driven by technology.

But here's an ongoing question: are the media companies Trump refers to as failing" actually failing? 

Here's a look at how these companies are performing from an audience and financial perspective.

 

"Failing" CNN

Screenshot via CNN

CNN is a frequent Trump target.

But CNN just enjoyed a 39% jump in it ratings for adults aged 25 to 54, reported Variety.

It's true that a few years ago, CNN was really struggling. But lately all of cable news networks have enjoyed a resurgence, as Ad Age's Anthony Crupi noted recently on Twitter.

Performance- 

Nielsen says that CNN averaged over 1 million viewers during prime time during the second quarter of this year.

Financials-

CNN's parent company Time Warner pulled in  $7.74 billion during its most recent quarter, a jump of 5.8% versus last year, reported Deadline. But ad sales were down for the company's cable networks.



'Low rated' 'Morning Joe'

Morning Joe

This week, President Trump has been in attack mode when it comes to the MSNBC show.

Performance-

"Morning Joe" averaged just under 1 million viewers during the second quarter of this year, according to Nielsen. That's up from roughly 600,000 average viewers a year ago and lands MSNBC just behind Fox News in the morning news race, per Nielsen.

Financials-

MSNBC has been on a recent ratings surge, and SNL Kagan says the network will pull in $267.8 million this year, reports Variety. Parent company NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast Corp., pulled in close to $7.9 billion during the first quarter this year, up 14.7% versus the same period last year, reported the Los Angeles Times.



'Failing New York Times'

Getty Images/Mario Tama

President Trump has frequently referred to the New York Times as "failing."

It's true that at the height of the recession, the Times had to borrow money from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. But recently, the company has seen a surge in subscriptions and scoops thanks in part to Trump. But there's no question newspapers continue to grapple with a declining circulation and print advertising landscape.

Performance-

The Times' website exceeded 94 million unique users in May, per comScore, a jump of 36% from last year. 

Financials-

The Times reported that it now has over 2.2 million digital-only subscribers. However, print ad revenue slipped 18% during its most recent quarter. Overall revenue landed at $399 million in the first quarter, up 5% versus the same period in 2016.



'Failing pile of garbage' Buzzfeed

Getty Images/Kimberly White

At a press conference earlier this year, Trump referred to BuzzFeed as a "failing pile of garbage."

Performance-

According to comScore, BuzzFeed reached over 80.1 million unique users in May, an increase of 8% from the previous year. BuzzFeed has launched several sub-brands on social media platforms, such as the food-focused Tasty–which boasts of nearly 87 million followers on Facebook. Overall the company says it generates 9 billion views a month across all of its distribution outlets.

Financials-

BuzzFeed has received two rounds of investment from NBCUniversal, putting its valuation at $1.5 billion. The company is projecting $350 million in revenue this year, according to Bloomberg.



#AmazonWashingtonPost

Thomson Reuters

This past week, President Trump took a shot at the Washington Post and Amazon.

 Actually, Amazon doesn't technically own the Washington Post, founder Jeff Bezos does. 

Performance-

The Washington Post's web traffic exceeded 80.7 million unique users in May, up 28% versus the same month in 2016, according to comScore. The media company has produced a number of big scoops this past year.

Financials-

The company does not report its revenue publicly, but according to Politico Washington Post went on a hiring spree following the 2016 election. 



ABC, CBS, other TV networks

Michael Yarish/Warner Bros.

Trump has labeled several other big TV networks as 'failing' though it's not always clear what he's referring to.

Performance-

CBS has one of the top shows on TV in "The Big Bang Theory," while ABC has a long-running hit in "Scandal."

Financials-

While primetime TV ratings continue to shrink, ABC just reported that it was able to achieve high single-digit rate increases during the recently completed "upfront" ad sales period.

Meanwhile, CBS said that its first quarter revenue was $3.34 billion down from $3.59 billion during the same quarter last year when the network aired the Super Bowl.



Vanity Fair "way down, big trouble, dead"

Vanity Fair/Annie Leibovitz

Last year, Vanity Fair posted a scathing review of one of President Trump's restaurants, and he did not like it.

There's no doubt that Vanity Fair is facing a tough market for print advertising. Still, the company reported an immediate jump in business following Trump's tweet.

Performance-

Vanity Fair nabbed 13,000 new subscriptions within 24 hours of Trump's social media response, according to Poynter. The magazine says it reeled in 107,460 new subscribers from December of last year through June, a jump of 365% from the same time period the year prior.

Financials-

Parent company Conde Nast is private and does not report revenue data publicly.



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          6/30/2017: NEWS: STATE- BY- STATE   

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          FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE MARKETS? MAYBE YOU SHOULDN´T READ THIS / THE NEW YORK TIMES   

Feel Good About the Markets? Maybe You Shouldn’t Read This

By JAMES B. STEWART
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Traders outside the New York Stock Exchange. Investors have seemed oblivious to claims of Russian interference in the election, the firing of the F.B.I. director and other political turmoil. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times        


Throughout the turbulence of his first months in office, President Trump has been able to point to one bastion of support: the stock market. Earlier this month he tweeted the “great economic news” he thinks the mainstream media has been ignoring: The Dow Jones industrial average was up 16 percent and the Nasdaq up 19.5 percent since his election. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross maintained that the Trump administration had bestowed $4 trillion in gains on investors.
 
Investors have seemingly been oblivious to claims of Russian interference in the election, the firing of a director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the appointment of a special prosecutor. As the second quarter ends this week, 2017 has so far been a banner year, with major indexes hitting records.
 
But as the bull market rolls on, some see storm clouds on the horizon. “Valuations are high and it’s one of the longest and largest bull markets in history,” said James Stack, president of InvesTech Research. “Bull markets don’t last forever. So the question is, when will the music stop?”
 
Investors “are on a knife’s edge,” said Michael J. Kelly, global head of asset allocation for PineBridge Investments. With many still scarred by the financial crisis, “they see a potential disaster around every corner.”

This month the so-called Faang stocks — Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google, which have led the market’s rally — faced a sudden downdraft, which many market watchers called a warning of turbulent times to come.
 
On June 14, the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates for the second time this year, a move that was widely expected and barely caused a market ripple. But more ominously for stock investors, the Fed also said it would reduce its $4.2 trillion balance sheet and taper its purchases of longer-term government bonds (though it didn’t say how fast), bringing to an end the quantitative easing it undertook after the financial crisis.
 
And then there’s Mr. Trump himself, whose unpredictability and erratic behavior still have the potential to rattle markets.
 
So I asked some prominent investors and market analysts whether they were pulling back from stocks, and how they viewed these latest developments.
 
A Crack in the Faang Stocks
 
After some of the Faang stocks plunged over 3 percent on June 9, Goldman Sachs compared them to the leading stocks of the tech bubble. But by the end of the month they’d recovered and were again approaching all-time highs.
 
There’s no question that these market darlings, which together have accounted for a disproportionate percentage of the market’s gains, are expensive, and getting more so. Price-to-earnings ratios range from 39 (Facebook) to 187 (Amazon). Their market caps are so huge they dominate the indexes.
 
They show up not only in so-called growth funds, but also in value and low-volatility funds. Should they embark on a sustained plunge, a bear market could quickly follow.
 
The tremor in June was “a warning shot across the bow,” said Bill Smead, the founder of Smead Capital Management in Seattle. The Faang stocks “are showing all the classic signs of being overcooked,” he added. “What magazine hasn’t had Jeff Bezos or Mark Zuckerberg on the cover?
 
There’s no question this can end very badly. But the market can stay irrational for a very long time.
 
My sense is that there’s one big blowout rally left in these stocks.”


Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this month as Janet Yellen announced the Fed’s decision to raise interest rates. Credit Drew Angerer/Getty Images       
 
 
Mr. Stack noted that the Faang stocks had brief sell-offs last June and October, only to rebound. Still, he said, “the Faang stocks will be among the hardest hit in the next bear market due to the amount of money that flowed into them and the high expectations that have driven them higher.”
 
But like Mr. Smead, he doesn’t expect that to be imminent. “We’re not buying them, but we’re not necessarily saying sell,” Mr. Stack said. He urged investors to rebalance portfolios that have become too heavily weighted in these stocks.
 
A Tightening Federal Reserve
 
Everyone I interviewed agreed that the Fed is the most likely catalyst for the next bear market, but that may still be years away.

“Historically it’s difficult to find a bear market that wasn’t triggered to some extent by the Fed,” Mr. Smead said. “But I don’t think unwinding the long bond position as gradually as they’re going to will have a significant impact. What would have an impact is if the Fed is forced to raise rates faster than everyone anticipates. The Fed has prepared investors for one more rate hike this year. That’s where the potential surprise could come. If we see two or three by year’s end, we’re going to see definite headwinds and maybe a market top of some significance.”
 
Mr. Kelly said the Fed had plenty of room to maneuver before stocks start to be affected. “We just had a once-in-70-year crisis that left very long scars. Businesses basically didn’t invest for eight years. In tightening, the Fed is acknowledging that a monetary policy built on a very fragile economic backdrop is no longer appropriate. But we’re just getting to the point now where people are crawling out of their shells and we’re seeing more normal economic activity.”
 
Mr. Kelly said bull markets typically last another three to four years after such a point in the economic cycle, and can even go another eight or nine. “Bull markets die from excess, not old age,” he said.
 
Mr. Smead agreed. “There’s no question we’re getting closer to normal rates,” he said. “That will be difficult for the stock market when it happens. People will be less willing to be adventurous. But that’s still years away.”
 
Over at InvesTech Research, “we’re still quite bullish,” Mr. Stack said. “We’re not increasing cash reserves. We are rebalancing towards more defensive and out-of-favor sectors, like consumer staples and health care.”
 
‘I Wouldn’t Call It a Trump Rally’
 
“The risks don’t lie with potential charges of obstruction of justice or even impeachment,” Mr. Stack said. “For political mayhem to upset the economic apple cart, it has to irreparably damage confidence at the consumer and business level. So far we don’t see that happening. Consumer confidence and consumer sentiment measures are at 16-year highs, and C.E.O. confidence in April was the highest since 2004.”
 
Nor have investors given up hope that a Republican Congress will still deliver business-friendly corporate tax reform and a pro-growth overhaul of the tax code, despite the president’s troubles.
At the same time, “Trump shouldn’t be looking to the market for vindication,” Mr. Smead said. “I wouldn’t call it a Trump rally. He’s basically riding on the Obama years. “
 
His bottom line: “We don’t pay much attention to politics, and that’s been a good thing.”

          Anti-Trump Mogul Jeff Bezos' Net Worth Languishes Under Trump's Tyranny   
We hear a lot, especially from the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, about how Donald Trump threatens democracy. Bezos' plaything has recently chosen the melodramatic motto Democracy Dies in the Dark. So, clearly the stock market must be discounting Mr. Bezos's future earnings under the lash of Trump, right? After...
          Japón quiere llevar de nuevo al ser humano a la Luna, pero será en 2030 y buscando amigos internacionales    

Humano Luna 01

La llegada a la Luna fue un hito histórico que muchos tenemos en nuestra retina, bien por vivirlo en directo o bien por haber visto los famosos vídeos a posteriori. Desde aquella ocasión han sido realmente pocas las misiones tripuladas al satélite terrestre, pero ahora en Japón se han decidido a que el ser humano vuelva a pisar la Luna.

Así lo ha anunciado la Agencia Espacial Japonesa (JAXA), yendo no más lejos pero si pensando de manera más ambiciosa que con su intención de llevar una sonda al satélite, tal y como anunció en 2015. Una misión de la que de momento dan la información justa y que no sería sólo de la JAXA, sino que se trataría de una cooperación internacional.

Otro pequeño paso que pretenden dar en 2030

La agencia no ha puesto una fecha exacta, pero según reportan en CNN la JAXA planea llevar al ser humano a pisar el yermo suelo lunar hacia 2030, siendo la primera vez que se enviarían astronautas a un destino más lejano que la Estación Espacial Internacional (ISS). Sería la primera vez que unos astronautas viajan al satélite desde la misión Apollo 17 de la NASA (en 1972), habiendo en las siguientes décadas misiones no tripuladas y de exploración.

De hecho fue tras aquel primer boom (o diciéndolo menos bonito, efectos de la guerra fría entre Estados Unidos y la antigua Unión Soviética) cuando otros países fueron añadiéndose a la carrera espacial, aumentando los países interesados (con la incorporación asiática) y reduciéndose el número de misiones (algo más de cien entre los 69 y 70 frente a unas 25 entre 1990 y 2010). Y en Japón hasta ahora sólo habían hablado públicamente de enviar un rover a la Luna.

Con respecto a esta misión, según ha dicho un portavoz de la agencia japonesa a CNN los planes no giran exclusivamente en torno a enviar un cohete japonés a la Luna, lo cual tendría un coste muy elevado. Se trataría de contribuir en una misión internacional a nivel de la tecnología, esperando empezar los preparativos en 2025.

Cohete Jaxa Lanzamiento del Epsilon-2 (Crédito: JAXA)

¿Cuándo sabremos más de todo esto? Los japoneses (y el resto de países participantes) se hacen de rogar y nos tendrán en vilo hasta el Forum Internacional de Exploración Espacial en Japón en marzo de 2018. De este modo, el de la JAXA sería el último de los planes de investigación espacial de un país asiático desde que China anunciase el envío de un rover no a la Luna, sino a Marte.

Aunque también afirmaron tener planes de llevar al ser humano al satélite de nuevo (sin especificar fecha), y siendo rivales de Japón probablemente no se trate de uno de los países de esa cooperación internacional. Quizás vivamos otra pequeña carrera espacial por volver a llevar el ser humano a la Luna, sin olvidar además los vuelos espaciales comerciales, de hecho es donde se ha de pasar al menos un año si se quiere ir a Marte, según la NASA.

Imagen | NASA
En Xataka | Un ordenador menos potente que tu móvil y el resto de tecnología que nos llevó a la Luna

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          Comment on "Anti-Trump Mogul Jeff Bezos' Net Worth Languishes Under Trump's Tyranny" by Steve Sailer   
Francis -- Pat Buchanan -- Peter Brimelow -- Steve Sailer -- Ann Coulter -- President Donald Trump American Patriots who fight to enact a pro-sovereignty immigration moratorium and begin the hard business of mass deportations will eventually defeat billionaire mass immigration enthusiasts such as Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos.
          Cartoon: The Amazon economy   

Jeff Bezos is buying Whole Foods and now Amazon’s one step closer to becoming the kind of monopolistic mega-corporation previously only seen in the Robocop franchise.

The days of antitrust laws are long gone, but maybe one day there will be the political will to break up Bezos’ empire like Ma Bell and Standard Oil.


          Internet tax is real and I have been paying it for years, by Jeff Bezos   

Internet tax is real and I have been paying it for years, by Jeff BezosHello, this is the CEO of Amazon/owner of The Washington Post Jeff Bezos. At around 9:00 a.m. on June 28, President Trump tweeted the following: The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2017 Aside from the obvious inaccuracies in the president's tweet — Amazon doesn't own The Washington Post (I do), the Post isn't "the guardian of Amazon," and it isn't fake news — there's one massive, glaring issue that I take with the message.  Contrary to what Mr. Trump says, I do pay internet tax, and I have done so for several years. SEE ALSO: I have drawn the Trump administration as Sonic the Hedgehog and I am ready to answer for it For as long as I can remember, I have been paying my annual internet tax in the form of a personal check written out to the IRS. Each calendar year, I pull out my checkbook, write out a check for however many millions of dollars in internet tax I owe, put "tax for internet" in the memo and ship it first class in an envelope that says "government" on the front. Read it and weep, idiot.Image: mashable composite; shutterstockThat's right, Mr. Trump. The joke is on you, because I have been sending internet tax to the federal government for YEARS. I do my part to help this country. Can you say the same? You may be thinking, "Jeff, what is internet tax and how do you calculate how much you owe?" A good question, with a simple answer. Internet tax is a tax for the internet — a contribution people make to continue using the world wide web. I learned about it on a weight lifting forum in 1999, back before anyone realized you could lie online.  Internet tax is calculated pretty easily: each time you click the button on the mouse, you owe one dollar. Being a pretty prolific internet user, I pay an assistant $150,000 a year to live with me and count my clicks, and then I write out a check to the tax man. As you can see above, this year I clicked the mouse 28 million times. Yikes! Put it here like this so they'll see.Image: mashable composite; shutterstockMake no mistake: Internet tax is not the same thing as your internet bill. One is a bill, the other is a tax. They are different things. That being said, I would like to make it abundantly clear that if you have not been paying internet tax for as long as you have had the internet, you are breaking the law and will be arrested. Of course, if internet tax were as simple as I've made it out to be, we wouldn't all groan every time tax season rolls around, ha ha. Another more complicated part of the internet tax is that each year, about three weeks after sending the IRS your check, you will receive a call from the government informing you that they cannot accept your payment. They will tell you that you, "Do not owe this money," and there "Is not a tax on using the internet, it doesn't even make sense," and to "Please stop wasting government time by sending these enormous sums of money to our office." Whenever that happens, I simply continue sending checks to the IRS until they cash them. Merely another element in the cat and mouse game of internet tax. You know, sometimes, when I'm walking around in the big Amazon warehouse where I live with my whole extended family, I start to wonder if it's all worth it. Spending so much of my money, each and every year, on internet tax — is the internet worth the trouble? Then, I open my computer and log onto Twitter dot com, and see another insanely bad tweet from the 45th President of the United States. And I think to myself: yes. It's all worth it. Thanks for reading Mashable Humor: original comedy every day. Or most days. We're people, just like you, and we're trying our best.



          It’s true: Whole Foods to fire humans and replace them with robots under new owner Jeff Bezos   
It’s true: Whole Foods to fire humans and replace them with robots under new owner Jeff Bezos
          All the companies in Jeff Bezos’s empire, in one (large) chart   
With a net worth of $84.7 billion, Bezos has made a number of investments and acquisitions. Here is a snapshot of the empire.

          [článek] Unikly zdrojáky Windows 10, bastlíři Espressif otevírají vývoj v Brně, lidé si zamilují AI   
A taky fotky z nových kanceláří SAPu v Praze nebo video, jak si Donald Trump povídá s Timem Cookem či Jeffem Bezosem. Zprávy z IT, každý pátek na Lupě. Vždy v pátek připravuje reportér Jan Sedlák výběr zajímavých zpráv ze světa velkých IT firem. Co se událo v tomto týdnu?
          Newsjacking for Nonprofits   
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos set the nonprofit world ablaze earlier this month by tweeting a “request for ideas” about how to direct his charitable giving. Not surprisingly, Bezos’ unusual public request has drawn massive media coverage, in addition to more than 42,000 replies on Twitter. It also offers a great opportunity to talk about ‘newsjacking‘ — the […]
          Tri-D Dynamics Aspires to Print Rocket Components for New Space Age   
In tech circles, amid the chatter about terrestrial innovations such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and genomics, there’s excitement building around another important emerging sector: private space travel. Tesla’s Elon Musk, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Virgin’s Richard Branson, and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen all have private space ventures underway. NASA is once again ramping up its […]
          Milano, continua la protesta dei corrieri di Amazon: nuovi scioperi    
R-Post che ha in appalto su Milano le consegne del colosso fondato da Jeff Bezos, ieri non si è presentata al tavolo di mediazione a palazzo Marino. La richiesta della Filt Cgil: garanzia del posto di lavoro in caso di cambio di appalto. Amazon: «Non possiamo entrare nelle questioni del lavoro di chi gestisce i nostri appalti»
          IV MARCHA GANADERA VÍAS PECUARIAS DE ABARÁN 2015    

Domingo 27 de diciembre 

SALIDA: a las 10 h. desde la Plaza D. Antonio Yelo Templado (Barriada Virgen del Oro) Abarán. 

ITINERARIO: Inicio en la Cañada Real de la Sierra del Oro; Colada de Cartagena y Corral de Lorenzo; Collado de la Vieja; Cordel de Charrara y Rambla de Benito; Colada de Patrax.

Entorno natural de interés: Rambla de Benito; paraje de la Fuente de Benito; paraje de Patrax; Estrecho del Salmerón; Cabezos Negros y Sierra del Oro (Zona de Especial Protección para las Aves -ZEPA-).

Dificultad de la ruta: baja.

Distancia:
- Recorrido corto hasta Fuente de Benito y Salmerón: 4 km. (ida y vuelta)
- Recorrido largo hasta Patrax: 6 km. (ida y vuelta)

Se recomienda llevar agua, ropa y calzado adecuado para marcha a pie.

Al finalizar la actividad, comida vegana en el Parque Municipal de Abarán, junto al río Segura, con aportación de 3 €/persona.

INSCRIPCIONES: caramucel@gmail.com

Si quieres participar con animales (perros, burros, etc.) o ganado, avisanos previamente y nos pondremos en contacto contigo.

Organizan:

Asociación Cultural “La Carrahila”

CARAMUCEL, naturaleza e historia

Ecologistas en Acción de Abarán-Valle de Ricote

Colabora:
Ayuntamiento de Abarán

          Cartoon: The Amazon economy   

Jeff Bezos is buying Whole Foods and now Amazon’s one step closer to becoming the kind of monopolistic mega-corporation previously only seen in the Robocop franchise.

The days of antitrust laws are long gone, but maybe one day there will be the political will to break up Bezos’ empire like Ma Bell and Standard Oil.


          Amazon ist überall, Bike24 nutzt cleveres Lagerkonzept, Inspiration beim Brillenkauf.   
– AUSGEWÄHLT – Amazon ist überall: Händler sehen in Amazon einen anscheinend übermächtigen Konkurrenten. Und auch in der Berichterstattung wird das Unternehmen von Jeff Bezos meist auf den Online-Handel reduziert. Dabei ist Amazon inzwischen so viel mehr. So bildet sein Cloudangebot (AWS=Amazon Web Services) für nicht wenige Start-ups das Rückgrat der Infrastruktur. Ein langer Artikel stellt die ... » weiterlesen
          Trump resumes his fight with Amazon   

President Trump has resumed his long fight with Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos. But his latest attack has left experts scratching their heads.


          Taxpayer Dollars for Bill Gates' Charitable Impulses   

David Callahan had an interesting NYT column on the philanthropical efforts of the latest cohort of the newly rich. The piece makes the important point that people like Bill Gates, the Walton family, and Mark Zuckerberg often use their givings to push their specific political agenda. As Callahan points out, these contributions involve a large amount of taxpayer dollars, these very rich people are getting their taxes reduced by roughly 40 cents for every dollar they give. This means, in effect, that Gates, the Waltons, Zuckerberg and the rest are effectively getting taxpayers to put up a large amount of money to support their political agenda in important areas of public policy.

There are a couple of additional points worth adding on this issue. First, these charitable efforts likely have advanced these billionaires in their efforts to get ever richer. This is especially likely to be the case with Bill Gates where efforts to establish himself as a great humanitarian likely discouraged efforts to take more actions against his company's near monopoly in the computer operating system market. (Also, a program officer in the Gates Foundation once once told me that they would not support any work questioning the usefulness of patent support for drug research because of Gates' dependence on intellectual property protections.) 

The other point is that the foundations themselves help to contribute to inequality with the outsized paychecks given to their top executives. It is common for these people to get salaries at or above $1 million a year. (This is discussed in chapter 6 of Riggged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Have Been Structured to Make the Rich Richer [it's free.])

It would be possible to require that philanthropies limit pay in order to qualify for tax-deductible status. The president of the United States earns $400,000 a year. (This doesn't count the special deals for his businesses that Donald Trump gets from those seeking favors.) Many highly talented people compete vigorously for this job. Charitable foundations should be able to find qualified people for the same pay. If not, then they are probably not the sort of organization that deserves the public's support.

Limiting pay for the top executives at institutions receiving taxpayer subsidies, which would include presidents of universities and non-profit hospitals, should help put downward pressure for pay at the top more generally, leaving more money for everyone else.


          Should We Worry about Jeff Bezos's Growing Empire?   
With the announcement that Amazon.com is purchasing Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, a certain strain of the anti-business Left went into panic mode. It’s the same concern you see every time two large companies merge.
          3 Ways to Show You Know How to Innovate Like Jeff Bezos   
Know when to abandon a project and when to push it forward.
          How Amazon's Jeff Bezos Built a Multibillion-Dollar Retail Empire   
Amazon's $13 billion acquisition of Whole Foods put it one step closer to world domination--and it's not stopping anytime soon. Here are the milestones that made Bezos become one of the richest people in the world.
          Může největší letadlo světa konkurovat společnosti SpaceX?   
Jméno SpaceX je fanouškům kosmonautiky dobře známé. Společnost Elona Muska učinila v posledních třech letech skrze přistávání a znovupoužívání prvních stupňů svých nosičů Falcon 9 rázné kroky vstříc zlevnění letů do vesmíru. Jako její konkurent se nejčastěji skloňuje Blue Origin, tedy společnost jiného miliardáře Jeffa Bezose. Možná se však schyluje i k příchodu třetího výrazného jména Stratolaunch.
          Tech Leaders Vow To Resist Trump, But They Also Hope To Find Common Ground   
Donald Trump took direct shots at some of the biggest tech companies during the presidential campaign. When Apple wouldn't help the FBI unlock a phone used by a terrorist, he suggested boycotting the company . In a Fox News interview , he lashed out against Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. "The politicians in Washington don't tax Amazon like they should be taxed," Trump said. "He's got a huge antitrust problem because he's controlling so much." For his part, Bezos once tweeted he'd like to reserve Trump a seat on his commercial space rocket. Besides the direct attacks on tech companies — Trump's protectionist trade policies , threats to impose tariffs and deport millions of immigrants, and his affiliations with groups widely seen as racist all put him at odds with most tech company leaders. "We try as much as possible to embrace and take advantage of the fact that the diverse perspectives bring better innovation, better ideas, and this campaign very much has at times been against that set of
           혁신의 리더십, 아마존 CEO ‘제프 베조스(Jeff Bezos)’ 실패할 준비를 하라, 그래야 도전할 수 있다    
2017년 5월31일, 아마존의 주가는 장중 1000달러를 돌파했다. 1995년 시애틀의 차고에서 출발한 아마존은 1997년 나스닥에 18달러로 상장한 이래 20년 만에 꿈의 주가인 1000달러를 넘어선 것이다. 아마존의 CEO ..
          Tecnologie - Grazie ad Amazon Fresh Pickup la spesa si fa senza nemmeno scendere dall'auto (molipier)   
molipier scrive nella categoria Tecnologie che: Sono attivi a Seattle due nuovi punti Amazon Fresh Pickup, l'ultima invenzione di Jeff Bezos che punta ancora forte sui generi alimentari, mercato che sembra non conoscere crisi.
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          Jeff Bezos obiecuje budowę rakiet potężniejszych niż SpaceX   
Blue Origin (Jeff Bezos – Amazon) zdobyło już cenne doświadczenie i jest w trakcie prac nad potężnymi rakietami, które nie tylko dolecą na orbitę czy Księżyc, ale również na Wenus, […]
          The level of media dishonesty is astonishing. How the Left rules through lies and intimidation.   

Fake News: Associated Press Engulfed in CNN-Level Scandal as It Covers Up Invention of Imaginary Pruitt Meeting



The Associated Press is at it again, pushing more fake news. Sadly, the once-great news wire service is trying to cover up its mistake—nearly the exact mistake that cost three editorial staffers at CNN their jobs in a scandal that first exploded a week ago today.

A Breitbart News investigation has led to the correction by the Associated Press–which originally resisted–of the fake news it printed as deeper questions of responsibility, accountability, and journalistic ethics consume the AP heading into Fourth of July weekend.
This time, the Associated Press invented an imaginary meeting between EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris, and then alleged that some kind of impropriety happened as a result.
This is exactly the same mistake CNN made a week ago, when it alleged that Anthony Scaramucci—the founder of SkyBridge Capital and an associate and ally of President Donald Trump—held “meetings” with Russian investment fund leaders and was under investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee and Treasury Department as a result.
Breitbart News investigation uncovered that no such “meetings” took place, the Senate Intelligence Committee was not investigating the matter, and the Treasury Department had already—at the urging of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to now Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin before Trump’s inauguration—looked into it and determined the matter to be entirely “without merit.”
The very fake news scandal that is consuming CNN right now is the biggest scandal in the network’s history, and comes as media D.C.-wide find themselves under intense scrutiny amid a litany of industry mistakes.
Breitbart News’s investigation into CNN’s very fake news piece forced the network to retract it and has led to the resignation of three top officials from inside CNN. Now that the Associated Press has made literally the exact same mistake with different actors and players—alleging a meeting took place that never occurred, something that supposedly led to something untoward that also didn’t happen—the news wire service is not stepping up and holding its staff to the same level of accountability. The only difference between the CNN scandal and this AP scandal is that the AP did not also inaccurately allege the existence of non-existent Senate and Treasury investigations.
The Associated Press’s top official in Washington—D.C. bureau chief Julie Pace—has not responded to an email requesting her comment and whether she believes in journalistic integrity. And AP spokeswoman Linda Easton is refusing to be transparent about what’s shaping up to be yet another major media scandal after a week of failures throughout the fourth estate.
Under the headline “EPA chief met with Dow CEO before deciding on pesticide ban,” the AP’s Michael Biesecker alleged that some super-secret covert meeting occurred between Pruitt and Liveris—and that awful things came as a result of that meeting. Biesecker wrote:
The Trump administration’s top environmental official met privately with the chief executive of Dow Chemical shortly before reversing his agency’s push to ban a widely used pesticide after health studies showed it can harm children’s brains, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s schedule shows he met with Dow CEO Andrew Liveris on March 9 for about a half hour at a Houston hotel. Both men were featured speakers at an energy industry conference. Twenty days later Pruitt announced his decision to deny a petition to ban Dow’s chlorpyrifos pesticide from being sprayed on food, despite a review by his agency’s scientists that concluded ingesting even minuscule amounts of the chemical can interfere with the brain development of fetuses and infants. EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman said Tuesday that Pruitt was ‘briefly introduced’ to Liveris at the conference.
The problem with Biesecker’s piece, which ran over the Associated Press wires on Wednesday evening, is that as Breitbart News has confirmed from both sides: No meeting ever occurred, despite one appearing on Pruitt’s schedule. Sure, both were at the conference and briefly shook hands when introduced, but they never had a “meeting” because of scheduling conflicts.
“Administrator Scott Pruitt did not meet privately with Andrew Liveris, the CEO of Dow,” Liz Bowman, the EPA’s spokeswoman, told Breitbart News. “The AP article is inaccurate and misleading. Despite multiple attempts to provide the Associated Press with the facts, this article has not been corrected.”
Dow Chemical’s director of public affairs also confirmed to Breitbart News that no such meeting ever occurred.
Rachelle Schikorra of Dow Chemical’s public affairs department confirmed:
I can confirm that a meeting between Andrew Liveris and Scott Pruitt never happened. The two were attending the same conference where an introductory meet-and-greet was scheduled with no topics specified. However that meeting never happened due to schedule conflicts. The two have never had a meeting and have never discussed any Dow products.
The Associated Press originally refused to issue a correction on this despite knowing since at least Thursday, as Breitbart News can confirm—the article ran on Wednesday—that the piece was inaccurate. The AP has caved and finally corrected the inaccurate hit piece on Pruitt. What’s more, the Associated Press is now—while under scrutiny thanks to a Breitbart News investigation—trying to cover up the mistake and not answer questions about the editors and others involved in the grave error, or whether they and the reporter responsible for it will be held accountable.
The AP refused to do anything about its inaccurate reporting for two days, after the original piece was printed Wednesday. Now, Friday evening, the AP is admitting its original piece was wrong by running a new piece that completely undercuts the old one. And, finally, hours later after originally refusing to do it even on Friday evening, the wire service has issued a correction on the old piece.
The new Associated Press piece, which ran without a byline late Friday reads:
The Environmental Protection Agency and Dow Chemical said Friday that a planned meeting in March between EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the company’s CEO never took place. The meeting was listed on Pruitt’s schedule and reported by The Associated Press on Tuesday. EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman said in a statement that Pruitt and Dow’s Andrew Liveris did have ‘a brief introduction in passing’ during an energy conference in Houston. She said ‘no substantive issues’ were discussed. Rachelle Schikorra, a spokeswoman for Dow, said the formal meeting ‘never happened due to schedule conflicts.’
Easton, AP’s spokeswoman, has not answered substantive questions about this new scandal engulfing the Associated Press. Easton originally refused to answer whether the AP was going to actually correct, update, or retract the old piece that is demonstrably inaccurate based on the AP’s own new reporting or whether the reporters and editors involved in the matter will resign or be terminated, as happened at CNN.
But now the AP has corrected it. They said in the correction sent out over the AP wires late Friday night:
In a story June 27, The Associated Press, relying on schedules provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, reported erroneously that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met with Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris for about a half-hour at a Houston hotel. A spokeswoman for the EPA says the meeting listed on the schedule was canceled, though Pruitt and Liveris did have a ‘brief introduction in passing.’
When originally contacted about the fake news Biesecker printed on Wednesday, Easton only told Breitbart News on Friday afternoon that she planned to respond later.
“Thank you for your email. I will get back to you,” Easton said mid-Friday afternoon, just after 4:00 p.m. ET.
Later, Easton said that the AP would be printing a new article. “We will have a new story on the wire shortly,” she said at 5:16 p.m., adding in a follow-up email at 5:58 p.m. ET: “It should be on the wire momentarily.”
Then, when the new wire that undercut the old one was published, Easton sent a link with this text at 6:11 p.m. ET: “The story is available here.”
For hours, until after 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, Easton continued refusing to answer whether the AP would be issuing a correction on its clearly inaccurate piece.
She has refused to answer any more questions about this matter, including which AP editors were responsible for this, why this correction took so long, and whether there will be any consequences for those responsible for this grave error.
Easton similarly originally resisted transparency a month ago before the AP terminated New Hampshire-based freelancer Melanie Plenda after a Breitbart News investigation over the course of several pieces discovered she violated AP standards for journalistic integrity.
Plenda snuck into a GOP fundraiser in New Hampshire that featured White House counselor KellyAnne Conway, and then she misreported what Conway said as well as the size and reaction of the crowd. The event was closed to the press, and Plenda—as Breitbart News reported—misrepresented herself to get inside. The Associated Press editor who asked her to go was aware of the fact, as a voicemail by Breitbart News showed, as the event was closed press.
It also came out over the course of the investigation into the Melanie Plenda scandal that she was not truly a journalist but had pledged allegiance via social media to the anti-Trump resistance in the days after the election, a violation of AP standards. Eventually, though, the AP corrected the inaccuracies in the Plenda story and terminated her.
This latest development in a series of media-wide scandals comes after three senior editorial officials at CNN—a reporter, an editor, and the chief of CNN’s investigative unit—were forced to resign after a Breitbart News investigation uncovered a now-retracted very fake news hit piece they did on President Donald Trump and his associates.
The scandal has sparked an internal investigation at CNN, which is ongoing and being led by CNN president Jeff Zucker. All of that comes as videos released by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas throughout the course of this week have uncovered two separate CNN producers and a major leftist personality on the network’s payroll making seriously untoward remarks on hidden camera.
One, a CNN health producer based in Atlanta, said that the network—at Zucker’s direction—regularly ignores newsworthy stories to shift coverage back to the question of Russian interference in the U.S. election and whether there was collusion with the Trump campaign.
That producer, John Bonifield, has CNN’s full support for now, while he also finds himself as a co-defendant in a defamation lawsuit being brought against him and the network by a Florida hospital, despite his saying on camera that he knows there is no evidence to back up the charges on the Russia scandal against Trump but that CNN pushes the story anyway for ratings.
Van Jones, a former Obama administration official who now works at CNN, said on another hidden camera video that the Russia scandal is a “nothing burger” despite CNN’s breathless coverage of it. A third video from O’Keefe’s team, which dropped on Friday morning, showed CNN New Day producer Jimmy Carr attacking the appearance of White House counselor KellyAnne Conway, as well as viciously criticizing the intelligence of the American electorate and calling President Trump “crazy”—a viewpoint he said is shared by the vast majority of those inside his network.
CNN is refusing to answer questions about these matters, either the O’Keefe videos or the deeper scandal that saw the head of its investigative unit and two others step down. Its public relations team is not commenting on record to any news outlets, or answering detailed questions about it.
Network president Jeff Zucker ducked a camera when O’Keefe attempted to ask him questions about the scandal this week, and he has refused Breitbart News interview requests and declined to appear in front of television cameras to do an on-camera briefing about what happened.
Media-wide, not just at CNN, there has been a breakdown in credibility. The New York Times is getting sued by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, for inaccurately alleging in an editorial that she was responsible for motivating the shooter of Rep. Gabby Lee Giffords (D-AZ) in Arizona several years ago.
Palin’s lawyers are Hulk Hogan’s old attorneys, who successfully sued Gawker into non-existence. The lawsuit literally cites the New York Times’ previous reporting to debunk the Times own piece, which has since been corrected. Meanwhile, New York Times editors this week led a protest outside their headquarters in Manhattan as mass layoffs loom for a publication President Trump has called “failing.”
Meanwhile, over at the Washington Post, new editorial standards uncovered by Washingtonian magazine literally make it a fireable offense for staff to on social media to criticize the Post’s business parters and advertisers. That means journalists there can be fired if they speak out on social media in a manner the business side does not like about Jeff Bezos, Amazon, Whole Foods, other Bezos properties, or against advertisers.
In other words, advertisers to the Washington Post and business allies of Bezos can expect a modicum of protection from news media scrutiny if they pay up to Bezos’s empire. And of course, as Greta Van Susteren is no longer hosting her MSNBC show, her now former MSNBC colleagues Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are in a tit-for-tat feud with the President of the United States over their love affair and Brzezinski’s supposed bloody face-lift.
          Reuters Digital News Report 2017   
"Some stories have to stand in for all the stories that will never be told. That is the compact journalism requires." - Amanda Hess, New York Times David Carr Fellow,   while speaking at a national media summit hosted by Ralience.org on advancing how the media approaches sexual assault.

WHAT'S HAPPENING

The latest instruction for White House press briefings from the Trump administration? No cameras, no audio. In response, the White House correspondents' association met with administration officials to take issue with the state of briefings. With cameras banned, CNN sent their sketch artist to the briefing.

Three prominent journalists at CNN resigned Monday after the cable news network was forced to retract and apologize for a story on its website involving a close ally of President Trump. SPJ Ethics Chairperson Andrew Seaman spoke with The Washington Post about this situation.

Poynter surveyed 390 journalists about whether their employers are family-friendly. The verdict? Overall, not so much.

When Jeff Bezos, owner of The Washington Post and Amazon founder, spoke at the Future of Newspapers conference last week, he gave advice that some journalists are still talking about: Be riveting, be right and ask people to pay.

ETHICS ESSENTIALS

The Wall Street Journal fired Jay Solomon, its chief foreign affairs correspondent, after the newspaper learned he was unethically entangled in the business dealings of one of his sources. That's one way to learn not to fish off the company pier.

GET A GIG

Newsroom leaders looking for employment, look no further! The Sacramento Business Journal is hiring someone with 3 to 5 years of experience to be their managing editor.

What could you do for your career with up to $15,000? The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism supports in-depth, ambitious coverage of critical issues related to the global economy and business. Apply by June 30.

LEARN SOME STUFF

Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2017 came out last week. We learned: news apps are making a comeback; more young Americans are paying for news; using social media diversifies news consumption; and there's a huge gap between people who trust most news most of the time and people who trust most news they consume most of the time.

You'll want to add these two tools to your data visualization bookmarks tab: Google Data GIF maker and Sizzle analytics, which turns files into easy-to-digest comparison boards. Find more like these in the Journalist's Toolbox.

GIVE A LITTLE

Recognize the great SPJ volunteers around you -- like the June SPJ Member of the Month Sarah Bauer Jackson. Nominate your favorite SPJ volunteer today.

SPJ QUICK FIX

Get ready for networking, training and journalism fun in Anaheim, California, Sept. 7-9, at Excellence in Journalism 2017. The early bird registration deadline is July 11. (Looking for a roommate? Post your request for one here.)

"My job as a journalist at the BBC is a varied one and everywhere I go, I pop a pen and a notepad into my bag - because you just never know when a story is going to unfold in front of you. It's a lesson I picked up at an early age thanks to roving reporter Lois Lane." Sound familiar? Read about Dhruti Shah and how her love of comics inspired her love for storytelling in the latest International Journalism Community's #PressFreedomMatters series.

City of Ghosts brings audiences to the front lines of Raqqa, Syria, through the experiences of citizen-journalists of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS). This documentary premieres July 7 in New York City, and July 14 in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. SPJ members interested in attending one of these premieres can request tickets for a group of 10 or more here.
          Perspective | What if philanthropy isn’t the best way for rich people to help others?   

Jeff Bezos is drawing from an older tradition of charity. He’s not the only donor heading in that direction.

The post Perspective | What if philanthropy isn’t the best way for rich people to help others? appeared first on Lugen Family Office.


          Stop waiting for perfection and learn from your mistakes   

This article titled "Wartet nicht auf Perfektion – lernt aus euren Fehlern!" appeared in German last week in the "Digitaliserung" column of Wirtschaftwoche.

"Man errs as long as he doth strive." Goethe, the German prince of poets, knew that already more than 200 years ago. His words still ring true today, but with a crucial difference: Striving alone is not enough. You have to strive faster than the rest. And while there's nothing wrong with striving for perfection, in today's digital world you can no longer wait until your products are near perfection before offering them to your customers. If so, you will fall behind in your market.

So if you can't wait for perfection, what should you do instead? I believe the answer is to experiment aggressively with your product development, accepting the possibility that some of your experiments will fail.

Anyone who has listened to, or worked with, management gurus know their mantra: Failure is a necessary part of progress. That's true, but there's often a big gap between the management theory and the reality on the ground. People want to experiment and learn from things that go wrong. But in the flurry of day-to-day business, they're not given enough time to really reflect on the cause of an error and what to do differently next time.

The solution is to find a systematic approach that prevents errors from repeating themselves.

From perfection to anti-fragility

In finding such a systematic way, you first need to distinguish between two types of errors that can happen in your company: those of technology and those of human decision-making. The nice thing is: if you know how to deal effectively with the first, you might end up being better in the second, making better decisions. The financial mathematician and essayist Nassim Taleb offers an interesting take on this issue. He has argued that errors are incredibly valuable because they lead to innovation. He uses the term 'anti-fragility' to make his point. Today's digital business models require smaller, frequent releases to reduce risk. That means the technologies underpinning these new business models must be more than just robust. They must be 'anti-fragile'. The main feature of anti-fragile technology is that it can 'err' without falling apart. In fact, a crisis can make it even better.

At Amazon, we also require our systems and customer solutions to be anti-fragile, and we do that by designing our systems to stand the test of time. Our systems must be able to evolve and become more resilient to failure. They must become more powerful and more feature-rich over time as a result of learning from customer feedback and any failure modes they may encounter while operating the systems.

An example of a German company that has become 'anti-fragile' is HARTING, the world's leading provider of heavy pluggable connectors for machines and plants. HARTING shows how to think a step ahead about the meaning of quality standards in the digital world. Quality and trust are the most important values for this traditional company, and Industry 4.0 and the digital transformation have already been important focus areas for them since 2011. Even though it was hard to accept at first, HARTING has meanwhile realized that errors are inevitable. For that reason, its development switched to agile methods. It also uses the "minimum-viable-product" approach and relies on microservices for its software. Working this way, HARTING can discard things and create new things more easily. All in all, HARTING has become faster.

That can be seen with HARTING MICA, an edge computing solution that enables older machines and plants to get a digital retrofit. The body and hardware still reflect HARTING's standard of perfection. But for the software, the goal is "good enough", because a microservice is neither ever finished nor perfect. As a result, wrong decisions and mistakes can be corrected very quickly and systems can mature faster, approaching the state of antifragility. If the requirements change or better software technologies become available, each microservice can be thrown out and a new one created. That's how you gain speed and quickly digitize old machines and connect them to the cloud within a manageable cost framework.

Taking the dread out of mistakes

If you want to become anti-fragile, more than robust, like HARTING and other companies, you need to proactively look for the weak spots in a system as you experiment. In a system that should evolve, all sorts of errors will happen that you weren't able to predict, especially when systems need to scale into unknown territories. So subject your system to continuous failures and make subsystems artificially fail using tools like Netflix's Chaos Monkey.

If you do all of this, you will start to objectify errors at your company and make dealing with errors a matter of normality. And when errors become 'business as usual', no one will be afraid of taking a risk, trying out a new idea, a new product or a new service and seeing what happens when customers interact with it. That's how you quickly find solutions that really work in the future.

At Amazon, our approach for systematically and constructively dealing with errors is called the "cause of error" method. It refrains from seeking "culprits". Instead it documents learning experiences and derives actions that ultimately improve the availability of our systems.

From root cause to innovation

The method first calls for fixing an error by analyzing its immediate root cause and taking steps to mitigate the damage and restore the initial running state as quickly as possible.But we are not content with that result. We go further, trying to extract the maximum amount of insight from the incident. And this process begins as soon everything is working again for the client.

A key element of our cause-of-error method is asking 5 'Why?' questions (a technique that originated in quality control in manufacturing). This is important because it determines the fundamental root of the problem.

Take the case of a website: Why was it down last Friday? The web servers reported timeouts. Why were there timeouts? Because our web services are overloaded and couldn't cope with the high traffic. Why were the web servers overloaded? Because we don't have enough web servers to handle all requests at peak times. Why don't we have enough web servers? Because we didn't consider possible peaks in demand in our planning. Why didn't we take peaks in demand into account in our planning? By the end of this process, we know exactly what happened and which clients were affected. Then we're in a position to distill an action plan that ensures that specific error doesn't happen again.

Quite often, applying this cause-of-error approach allows us to find breakthrough innovations, in the spirit of Nassim Taleb. That's how the solution Auto Scaling was created, after a certain client segment was fighting with strongly fluctuating hits on their website. When the load increases for a website, Auto Scaling automatically spins up an additional web server to service the rising number of requests. Conversely, when the load subsides, Auto Scaling turns off web servers that are not needed in order to save cost.

What it reveals is: Organizations need to look beyond superficial success. This is true for the development of systems as well as business models. If you want to remain agile in a complex environment, you must follow this path, even if it means leaving the comfort zone. If we transfer these ideas into an organizational context, three aspects might be worth considering:

1. Embrace error as a matter of fact

Jeff Bezos once said about Amazon: "I believe we are the best place in the world to fail." That inspires a lot of our people to experiment, find errors and turn them into something innovative. A statement like this encourages your people to actively look for errors, and to turn them into pieces of innovation. And: reward employees when they find errors. What we have learned from our development work at Amazon is that you need to always look beyond the surface of an error. Some of our best products have been born from errors.

2. Make due with incomplete information

German companies have a tradition of being thorough and perfectionist. In the digital world, however, you need to loosen those principles a bit. Technology is changing so fast; you need to be fast too. Make decisions even if the information you have is not as complete as you would like.Jeff Bezos put his finger on that when he wrote in his most recent letter to shareholders that "most decisions should probably be made with somewhere around 70% of the information you wish you had. If you wait for 90%, in most cases, you're probably being slow. Plus, either way, you need to be good at quickly recognizing and correcting bad decisions. If you're good at course correcting, being wrong may be less costly than you think, whereas being slow is going to be expensive for sure."

3. Praise the value of learning

I've stressed the need for companies to have a systematic approach to how they deal with errors. But your approach will only work if it's part of your overall culture. Make sure you understand your DNAandknow what people are thinking and talking about on the work floor. Openly praising experimentation in product development and encouraging people to find errors will come across as empty rhetoric if your employees really do have reason to fear repercussions for themselves personally if they make mistakes.

It is a matter of leadership to foster and shape a culture of experimentation that is practiced day in, day out.

Whatever companies come up with in order to systematically learn from mistakes, it will make them better in competing in the digital world. And it will give them the freedom and courage to take their systems, solutions and business models to a higher level.


          Cartoon: The Amazon economy   
Source: www.dailykos.com - Friday, June 30, 2017
Jeff Bezos is buying Whole Foods and now Amazon’s one step closer to becoming the kind of monopolistic mega-corporation previously only seen in the Robocop franchise. The days of antitrust laws are long gone, but maybe one day there will be the political will to break up Bezos’ empire like Ma Bell and Standard Oil.

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          Trump ataca a Amazon desde su cuenta de Twitter   
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          $69 Billion Worth of Bezos Bombshells   

Very cool graphic :   Source: Bloomberg Gadfly

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          Bitcoin and Ethereum were the best performing assets in the first half of 2017   
Despite all the hoopla of the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P 500 reaching new all-time highs here in 2017, or the fact that Amazon stock has now made Jeff Bezos the richest man in the world (or at least on the Forbes list), neither of these equities have come close to Bitcoin or Ethereum in gains for the first half of the year.

Digital currencies hit a number of key milestones in 2017, including breaking into the 12-digit club, as the combined market value of all cryptocurrencies—led especially by bitcoin and ethereum—surpassed $100 billion for the first time ever, and currently stands near $104 billion. 
Cryptocurrencies have become so prominent that major semiconductor stocks have started to move based on how readily their chips are used by “miners,” who use high-powered computers in a race to solve complex puzzles. Those who solve these problems are rewarded with the digital gold of bitcoin and other digital currencies. 
Still, the overall trend in crypto in 2017, as it was last year, was shockingly positive. The price of single bitcoin BTCUSD, -0.76%  currently sits at $2,565.47, up 165% thus far this year, though down 15% from a record high above $3,000 hit earlier this month. 
Gains for ethereum has been even more pronounced. Not only has bitcoin’s chief rival surged past it in terms of daily trading volume, according to CoinDesk data, but it is also up nearly 3,500% on the year, having rallied from $8.40 at the end of 2016 to a shade under $300 presently.  
The size and scope of the rallies in digital currencies easily eclipses the year-to-date move of more traditional assets like stocks. For example, the S&P 500 indexSPX, -0.85% despite enjoying its own run-up, has gained a much milder 9% year to date, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.74%   is up 8.6%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -1.57%   is up a touch more than 15% in 2017. Among the best performing commodities, palladium PAN7, -1.77%   is up more than 25% on the year. None of those rallies approach the year-to-date surges in popular cryptocurrencies. - Marketwatch
With the expected increase of cryptocurrencies from their current number of around 780 into the thousands over the next few years, more and more wealth will be moving away from stocks, bonds, and sovereign currencies into this new market.  And subsequently, this paradigm shift is likely to keep the cryptocurrency sphere high up on the list of best performing assets now, and well into the future.


          Quando Jeff Bezos dà lezioni al Corriere del Ticino   
I grandi attori di un paese devo guidarlo verso l’emancipazione e lo sviluppo. Il discorso è banale, un filo retorico ma, siccome c’è chi evidentemente neppure lo intuisce, bisogna che un omuncolo come me lo ripeta. Le Poste devono fare di più per la Svizzera, così come devono fare di più le FFS, la Swisscom (e le Telco in generale), così come devono fare i media (non solo il Corriere del Ticino, per carità). Il...
          How corporate earnings matter so little to Amazon   
No industry captain has garnered as much attention as Amazon’s chief executive Jeff Bezos. When the e-commerce giant announced the acquisition of Whole Foods last week, its share price shot up to a record high of US$1,017. With his net worth swelled to US$84.7 billion, Bezos passed Warren Buffett to become the world’s second-richest person, only behind Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates. Perhaps because of this astronomic windfall, Bezos tweeted his 222,000-strong followers,...
          Bezos’ empire quickly raising political questions   
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By Matt Stoller, Huffington Post   To understand the depth and breadth of Jeff Bezos’ ambitions for the company he built, type www.relentless.com into your browser. The domain Bezos registered in 1994 will redirect to Amazon, the company aptly, and ambitiously, nicknamed The Everything Store. He tells his shareholders that the company will act like […]

          Vergleiche sorgen für Preisstabilität: Wegen Amazon-Gründer Jeff Bezos gibts keine Teuerung   
Die Inflation ist weltweit nicht gerade hoch. Und das, obwohl viele Gründe dafür sprächen. Verantwortlich ist das Modell Amazon von Multimilliardär Jeff Bezos.
          Comment on Question: Does ANYONE Still Believe in Elio Motors? by William Barnes   
^Jeff Bezos has been dropping his wallet quite a bit lately. I agree with your comment that someone else needs to buy this and get it on the road, I don't want the $7k version but the $20k self driving version - so " google / apple "etc needs to step in. I don't think this fits Tesla business model. I commute in ATL every day. Put a highly efficient low cost self driving car in the middle class commuters hands and the interstate will change in 3 years. William
          Bow before your king!   
"Courted"? Isn't it the other wayaround?

Quote:
The Washington Post’s new owner, Jeffrey P. Bezos, long wary of journalists, courted the paper’s editors and reporters in a series of meetings Wednesday, saying that he is optimistic about the future of journalism and wants to create a “daily ritual bundle”[*] that would appeal to a variety of readers.


Bonuses: 1. He did a swell job. 2. Robert Kaiser, bless him, threw that "new golden era" nonsense back into Bezos' face, knowing well that if Bezos had to pay all the severance to which Kaiser is entitled, Amazon would have a new owner.

Quote:

Bezos seemed relaxed, said several people who attended the meetings. He didn’t prepare any remarks. He gave long, thoughtful, nuanced answers to the questions, punctuated with a “dramatic, forward-leaning laugh,” as one attendee put it. Many of the people who attended the morning meeting said they were relieved and reassured by his answers. In the larger afternoon sess
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          What goes around, etc.   
Rememberthis ? Now readthis:

Quote:
Jeffrey P. Bezos, the next owner of The Washington Post, says he doesn’t have all the answers for what’s ailing the newspaper industry or for the financially challenged news organization he is preparing to buy. But he says he’s eager to start asking questions and conducting experiments in the quest for a new “golden era” at The Post.
[ WashingtonPost]

Jeffrey Bezos, Washington Post’s next owner,
aims for a new ‘golden era’
[*] at the newspaper
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          InfosysVoice: Who will create the next billion-dollar business?   
Everyone knows of someone who had an idea that led to a billion-dollar business. Jeff Bezos had one to sell books on the Internet called Amazon.com (current value: $100 billion). Pierre Omidyar had one for an online auction called eBay (current value: $40 billion). Chad Hurley and Steve Chen had [...]
          All the companies in Jeff Bezos’s empire, in one (large) chart   
With a net worth of $84.7 billion, Bezos has made a number of investments and acquisitions. Here is a snapshot of the empire.

          Actualités OVNI Paris Juillet 2017   
Ma dernière édition des actualités OVNI Paris - Nikolaos Koulis 

Chers lecteurs et lectrices, je vous annonce mon départ du groupe d’organisateurs des conférences OVNI Paris. Nous sommes actuellement en train de discuter entre nous, avec les nouveaux membres de notre équipe  pour déterminer la meilleure personne à reprendre ce rôle. Les actualités OVNI Paris continueront parce qu’il y a des informations à suivre tout le temps, le dossier est accablant. Les actualités que je sélectionne mensuellement, ne représentent qu’une infime partie de ce qui se passe en réalité sur notre monde.

J’ai occupé le poste de sélectionneur et présentateur des actualités ufologiques dans plusieurs équipes depuis 2010 avec les Repas Ufologiques parisiens, puis avec Meeting OVNI qui a été créé après la rupture avec l’association Les Repas Ufologiques à cause de conflits heureusement dépassés actuellement. Enfin à partir de 2012, les soirées OVNI Paris sont nées en continuant d’abord la formule des Repas Ufologiques, puis avec la fermeture des Comptoirs Casino notre ancien lieu de rencontre, nous avons fini par trouver une salle équipée et aménagée pour des conférences à la Maison des Mines ! Je crois que maintenant la qualité de nos conférences est nettement meilleure et plus appropriée pour traiter du phénomène OVNI.

Au fil des années, dans ma recherche d’informations, d’articles, de vidéos etc. sérieux, je suis tombé sur nombre de cas où on ne peut simplement pas savoir si c’est vrai ou non car il y a tellement d’éléments inconnus, pour lesquels nous n’avons pas de repères, qu’on reste toujours avec un point d’interrogation dans la tête. J’ai  aussi trouvé nombre d’articles et d’informations de qualité et d’importance énorme, méritant des recherches sérieuses par des experts et les investissements nécessaires pour faire cela. Par exemple Klaus Dona, c’est un monsieur tout à fait scientifique dans son parcours professionnel et dans son discours. Toutefois, on en voit rien dans les grands médias, et ses découvertes n’ont toujours pas suscité assez d’attention ni du secteur publique ni du secteur privé. Et cela continuera ainsi pour encore du temps,  j’imagine.

Entretemps, moi, je m’arrête avec mes activités dans le domaine ufologique. Je n’ai plus besoin ni soif d’encore d’informations, je sais qu’il y aura une Divulgation ou une émergence de la vérité à un moment donné. C’est inéluctable. Reste à savoir quand et comment.
Moi, je n’ai plus envie de chercher au cas par cas, cela ne m’intéresse plus ; sauf si c’est un « grand cas » du genre Phoenix Lights. Après nombre d’expériences décevantes et frustrantes dans le domaine de l’ufologie, je préfère me retirer. Le sujet n’avance pas, si ce n’est pas à la vitesse d’un paresseux ! Ca va prendre encore du temps.

Je vous souhaite tous une bonne continuation dans vos recherches et votre partage d’informations ufologiques.


Anonymous: «La NASA dit que les aliens arrivent!»

L'agence spatiale américaine s'apprête à annoncer la découverte d'une vie extraterrestre douée d'intelligence. C'est du moins ce qu'affirme Anonymous, qui se base sur les récentes avancées de la NASA et sur différentes déclarations, écrit «The Independent». Sur son site internet, le collectif de hackers y va franco: «La NASA dit que les extraterrestres arrivent!», peut-on lire dans un texte publié le 20 juin dernier.

Anonymous, célèbre pour ses attaques informatiques et ses piratages à vocation politique, a été interpellé par les déclarations de Thomas Zurbuchen, astrophysicien et responsable adjoint de la Direction des missions scientifiques de la NASA.

…«Au vu de toutes les différentes activités et missions dédiées à la recherche de preuves d’une vie extraterrestre, nous sommes sur le point de faire l’une des plus profondes et inédites découvertes dans l’histoire». 



Non, la NASA n’a pas (encore) trouvé de vie extraterrestre

Un article publié par Mike Wall, sur Space.com le 26 juin
La NASA ne se prépare pas à annoncer   l’existance de la vie extraterrestre(qui ferait l’effet d’une bombe), malgré ce que vous avez peut-être entendu.
La vidéo anonyme ne se concentre pas sur les documents piratés, mais plutôt sur le témoignage que Zurbuchen a rendu en avril lors d’une audience du Comité des sciences, de l’espace et de la technologie de la Chambre des représentants. (La vidéo de 12 minutes porte également sur d’autres sujets, y compris les sept planètes de la taille de la Terre qui encerclent l’étoile TRAPPIST-1 et plusieurs observations d’OVNI supposées.)

Au cours de l’audience du 26 avril, appelée «Avances dans la recherche de la vie», Zurbuchen a exposé les progrès réalisés par la NASA dans la recherche de la vie dans le cosmos. Il a cité, entre autres, les milliers d’exoplanètes repérées par le télescope spatial Kepler de l’agence, la découverte récente d’hydrogène dans les geysers qui soufflent du pôle sud de la lune Encelade de Saturne et la détection possible des panaches de vapeur d’eau émanant du Satellite Jovien  Europa.


Vous pouvez regarder l’audience du 26 avril et lire le témoignage déposé par Zurbuchen ici: https://science.house.gov/legislation/hearings/full-committee-hearing-advances-search-life


Royaume Uni : la Royal Air Force détecte un ovni pendant 7h sans intervenir

Un ovni a été détecté sur le radar militaire pendant sept heures au-dessus du secteur de The Wash le 5 octobre 1996, dans la célèbre station balnéaire de Skegness en Angleterre.

Mais les fonctionnaires ont été invités à ne pas agir, selon un document choquant extrait des archives britanniques sur les ovnis.

La Royal Air Force a totalement ignoré les étranges lumières (rouge, bleu et blanc) malgré la présence de nombreux témoins.

Le ministère de la Défense a été vivement critiqué pour n’avoir absolument pas réagi et potentiellement risquer la vie de ces citoyens.

« La RAF est censée surveiller attentivement les activités aériennes au Royaume-Uni, mais ils n’avaient aucune idée de ce qui se passait à ce moment-là », a déclaré le Michael Portillo, secrétaire d'État à la Défense (1995-1997), qui s’est fortement intéressé à cet incident.

Les rapports de lumières étranges ont fait la une de nombreuses émissions de télévision à l'époque.
 « La version officielle fut que l’écho radar était le fruit d’un phénomène atmosphérique, sauf que le phénomène a bien était observé visuellement par des témoins, y compris des policiers. »



APPEL A TEMOINS... Vous avez vu aussi cet Ovni ?

Ovni, UFO.Tarn " Appell à témoins " Lundi soir le 5 juin 2017 au sud de Castres dans le département du Tarn, entre 22h20 et 22h30 un phénomène très lumineux est apparut sur les hauteurs de la montagne .

J'ai cru que c'était une lanterne thaïlandaise mais l'intensité de lumière était différente. Sur la seconde partie on peut voir autre chose d'intéressant qui questionne ?
je met deux vidéos de ce soir là en couleur et en vision nocturne pour la seconde . Je ne voyait plus ce phénomène en vision directe .
N’hésitez pas à laisser vos témoignages ou commentaires .
Merci.".



Un phénomène extra ordinaire ?

Après la dame blanche apparue il y a quelques jours à un conducteur dans le Tarn, cette fois-ci, c'est le ciel bigourdan qui a offert un spectacle inhabituel et pour le moins insolite. Serait-ce un ovni ou un phénomène atmosphérique naturel ? Denis Roger, qui a pu observer le phénomène depuis son appartement de Bagnères-de-Bigorre, s'interroge. Au point qu'il a aussitôt informé le CNES de Toulouse pour obtenir une quelconque explication.

«Le 22 mai au soir, j'étais à ma fenêtre et je regardais le ciel, direction Tarbes. Il était assez dégagé. À 21 h 35, une traînée lumineuse, comme celle produite par un avion, est apparue dans le ciel, vers Montgaillard. Le déplacement était lent, de la gauche vers la droite et horizontalement», relate Denis qui, pourtant, n'est pas un inconditionnel des phénomènes paranormaux. «C'est la première fois que je vois un phénomène pareil. Paranormal ? Je ne sais pas. C'est peut-être naturel. J'aimerais bien savoir ce que c'était», nous confie-t-il.

…Le soir même, il a contacté la gendarmerie de Tarbes puis, le lendemain matin, il est allé à la gendarmerie de Bagnères, photo à l'appui, pour savoir si un avion aurait pu avoir une difficulté. «On m'a dit qu'aucun incident n'a été signalé ce soir-là. J'ai averti le Geipan à Toulouse et envoyé les photos.» Une première réponse lui est parvenue hier soir, faisant part d'un «témoignage très intéressant» que les scientifiques devraient analyser de plus près.



Une «téléportation» d'ovnis capturée en vidéo au Mexique

Tous les fans d'ovnis du Mexique devraient marquer sur leur calendrier la date du 13 avril: ce jour-là, ils ont pu contempler un vrai spectacle dans les airs que certains ont immortalisé en vidéo. « La "téléportation" d'un vaisseau alien, les ovnis entrant dans un autre univers ? », s'interroge l'auteur de la vidéo. C'est du moins ce qu'il semble.

La vidéo montre clairement un objet bleu qui « se promène » dans les airs durant plusieurs minutes. Ensuite, un portail de forme rectangulaire « s'ouvre » et le « vaisseau » disparait. Illusion d'optique, vidéomontage ou passage d'un vaisseau ovni ? L'avenir nous le dira, peut-être.



Bigelow Aerospace founder says commercial world will lead in space

There's a new space race and it's not between the U.S. and Russia. It's between private companies and it's attracted multimillionaires and billionaires, like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. A less likely player is Las Vegas real-estate tycoon, Robert Bigelow, who, at 73, is making the biggest gamble of his life -- not on rockets -- but on expandable spacecraft, large, lightweight structures that inflate in space, a technology that could dramatically change how humans live and work in zero gravity.
Under 80-foot ceilings at his company in Las Vegas, he showed us his next generation plans for outer space. He calls this the Olympus, a mansion for the skies. It's so large the rocket powerful enough to launch it is still years away.
Lara Logan: Is there anything this big that astronauts are working in today?
Robert Bigelow: No, nothing even remotely close.
Bigelow said he can turn this into anything a client wants -- a first-ever orbiting hotel, hospital or inflatable research facility. The B330 is smaller than the Olympus. This is what it would look like if it were used as a space station.
Lara Logan: This can function on its own?
Robert Bigelow: Well, it can function as a standalone destination because it has all the facilities that it would take to keep people alive.
Lara Logan: Do you believe in aliens?
Robert Bigelow: I'm absolutely convinced. That's all there is to it.
Lara Logan: Do you also believe that UFOs have come to Earth?
Robert Bigelow: There has been and is an existing presence, an ET presence. And I spent millions and millions and millions -- I probably spent more as an individual than anybody else in the United States has ever spent on this subject.  
Lara Logan: Is it risky for you to say in public that you believe in UFOs and aliens?
Robert Bigelow: I don't give a damn. I don't care.
Lara Logan: You don't worry that some people will say, "Did you hear that guy, he sounds like he's crazy"?
Robert Bigelow: I don't care.
Lara Logan: Why not?
Robert Bigelow: It's not gonna make a difference. It's not gonna change reality of what I know.
Lara Logan: Do you imagine that in our space travels we will encounter other forms of intelligent life?
Robert Bigelow: You don't have to go anywhere.
Lara Logan: You can find it here? Where exactly?
Robert Bigelow: It's just like right under people's noses. Oh my gosh. Wow.
The FAA confirmed to us that for years, it referred reports of UFOs and other unexplained phenomena to a company Bigelow owns. He told us he's had his own close encounters, but declined to go into detail.  



Roswell: 70th anniversary and alleged new witness

The new book UFOs TODAY – 70 Years of Lies, Misinformation and Government Cover-Ups by Irena Scott PhD contains an amount of controversial and thought provoking information as the title of the book might suggest. If I were a gambling man I would bet on one piece of information in this book being the most controversial within its pages. With it being the 70th anniversary of the Roswell Incident, an event that many claim was the crash of a space vehicle from an ET origin, the news that an alleged new witness emerging might not be that big a surprise.

The Roswell File and Charles H. Forgus.
In 2012, I was contacted by a gentleman called Scott Ferguson. Scott was part of a production company called White Tiger Films. He explained to me that he had some information on the Roswell Incident that he would like me to take a look at. I had first to sign a non-disclosure agreement which I did.  Once this was signed I was sent what Scott called his ‘Roswell File’. He was looking to possibly make a movie based around this file and asked if I could help research the alleged witness. I of course agreed. The ‘Roswell File’ consisted of a transcript of an interview with the alleged witness Charles H. Forgus, a video interview with him and a photo as well. The story of how White Tiger Films obtained this material is I would say quite unique.

The witness to the Roswell crash scene was Deputy Sheriff Charles H Fogus of Howard County, Texas. He was interviewed in 1999 by Los Angeles private investigator Deanna Short. Deanna recorded the interview on video and later had a transcript done of the interview and completed her Agency report to verify facts at that time related to Charles Forgus and Sheriff Jess Slaughter – both of Howard County, Texas.

Sheriff Jess Slaughter and Deputy Sheriff Charles Fogus were allegedly travelling together in early July, 1947 from Texas to Roswell to pick up a prisoner when they happened on the Roswell crash scene in New Mexico. Both were there and were on an overlook to view the crash scene recovery by the Army.  I should note that according to Deanna’s daughter Mackenzie, Charles made a special effort to note to Deanna “not to believe what others will say – he and the Sheriff did witness the Roswell crash scene”.



Image of strange blue orb over Merrimack, New Hampshire confuse witnesses

Trish Wilson sent in the above photo to NH1 News asking, "What is this?" NH1 meteorologists took a look at the photo and said it looked like some sort of refraction of light from the sun interacting with the clouds.

Along with NH1 News, Wilson also sent the photo over to UFO Sightings Hotspot. They said the object was most likely a lens flare, pointing out that it looks very similar to one captured on a NASA camera on June 11. It can be seen in the video below around the 31 minute mark, reports NH1 News.

Indeed, I have discussed with Trish about this sighting and as NH1 News reported, in my opinion rather than a UFO sighting the blue orb is a typically lens flare, characteristic by the white dots visible especially in these kind of lens flares.



10 Red-Orange Objects Fly SSE & Simultaneously Vanish – Cocoa, Florida

I saw approximately 10 glowing red orange objects moving slowly (10 to 15 MPH) South-Southeast parallel to I-95. The objects appeared to be East of I-95 by 100 yards or so. The objects turned due East for 2 minutes and then vanished all at the same point. There was one trail vehicle behind the others and it took the same path as the others, but it stayed in the area an extra 2 minutes. It also vanished shortly after turning due East. Note there had been a Brush fire earlier at approximately 5:00 PM and the objects could have been from that, but it sure seemed odd that something could stay aloft that long and be on fire. I am not sure what they were, but it was very odd. There was no noise and the event lasted about 5 minutes. I have video of the trail object.

… I spoke with people at work and another lady saw two of them back near that area at around 9:00 PM the same night. She has a receipt from Burger King that is time stamped. She will confirm the 9:00 PM second sighting of two of them. Also it was very windy and dry with brush fire warnings out so it would need to be an idiot if they sent fire up in a lantern. My videos suck…



UFO sightings on the rise in Philly and PA: ‘I realized it wasn’t a plane at all’

So yes, UFO sightings are happening in the area. In Philadelphia, on the Main Line, especially in Bucks County and even at the Art Museum (when Obama was speaking!). And they’re on the rise.
Philadelphia and Pennsylvania have seen an increase in UFO sightings in recent years, following a national trend recently brought to light by the book UFO Sightings Desk Reference, which was reviewed by the New York Times. From 2001 to 2005, Philly had eight or fewer sightings per year, according to statistics from the book. That total has grown to at least 20 per year from 2010 to 2015 (sightings were unusually high in 2008, likely because of increased media coverage of groups that track UFO reports). Pennsylvania had at least 600 sightings per year from 2012 to 2014, after seeing fewer than 200 per year in the early aughts.

“We’re busy here in Pennsylvania,” said Bill Weber, state director for the Pennsylvania branch of the Mutual UFO Network.

You could say the same for Philadelphia, which has two volunteers who investigate every UFO sighting reported to MUFON. They’re not just happening on our outskirts, either. They pop up in well-known areas of Philly.


          Nike s'arrende a Amazon e mette le scarpe in rete   
È una capitolazione inaspettata e storica: dopo anni di sdegnosi rifiuti motivati dalla volontà di non macchiare il pedigree del marchio, Nike abbassa la testa e decide di affidare ad Amazon la vendita di parte del suo ricco catalogo di scarpe e abbigliamento sportivo. «È un esperimento pilota», ha messo ieri le mani avanti Mark Parker, ad del gruppo di Beaverton (Oregon).In realtà, ha tutta l'aria di essere il classico punto di non ritorno. Subito fiutato da Wall Street, con il titolo balzato dell'8% certo non solo per i conti del quarto trimestre fiscale oltre le attese (ricavi in crescita del 5,3% a 8,68 miliardi di dollari, profitti adjusted di 60 centesimi per azione, sopra i 50 centesimi previsti dagli analisti). Altra ciccia arriverà infatti proprio dalla liaison finora proibita con la creatura di Jeff Bezos: fra i 300 e i 500 milioni di dollari, secondo la previsione di Parker, saranno garantiti solo negli Usa proprio dalle vendite on-line targate Amazon.A solleticare il mercato non sono però solo i numeri. È il cambio di strategia, la virata decisa di un gruppo consapevole che i tempi non stanno cambiando: sono già cambiati. Se il taglio annunciato di 1.400 posti (il 2% della forza lavoro) era la risposta elementare all'esigenza di sforbiciare i costi, l'abbraccio con Amazon è il classico modo di far di necessità virtù. Un passo forzato dalla bancarotta di Sports Authority, uno dei più grandi clienti all'ingrosso di Nike, strangolato proprio dall'esponenziale crescita dell'e-commerce, e teso a contrastare la rivale Adidas, la cui quota è raddoppiata negli States in un anno arrivando al 10% (Nike ha il 45%). Amazon è inoltre l'alleato forte con cui eliminare dalla rete una bella fetta di sneaker, felpe e borse con la virgola taroccata (mercato dei falsi su cui, in virtù dell'intesa, sarà anche lo stesso gruppo di Bezos a dover vigilare) e grazie al quale intercettare i ricchi acquisti fatti a colpi di mouse dai Millenials. Ma non solo. Il «data profiling» di Amazon, con i gusti di miliardi di clienti catalogati con precisione digitale, rappresenta un serbatoio incredibile da cui attingere per poi mettere a punto nuovi modelli, proposte e collezioni. Una produzione calibrata che potrebbe essere accompagnata dalla rottamazione delle scorte in eccesso, da cedere a rivenditori esterni a prezzi scontati, mentre le vendite di prodotti a prezzo pieno sarebbero affidate alla rete.Sull'altro versante, il gigante del commercio elettronico estende il suo potere. Peraltro già enorme, come dimostra l'andamento dell'indice «Death by Amazon», il paniere che comprende 54 titoli di retailer classici (tipo Wal-Mart), sceso ai minimi da maggio 2014. Una picchiata probabilmente non ancora finita.
          Booby Trapped by Bezos   
All Groups How far will Bezos, other billionaires and financial fascists go to prevent competition? [Prepared by a team of affiliated scientists.] Presented via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: Bezos, billionaire, competition, financial fascism, money, wealth distribution
          Big money investors are searching for stocks that can't get Amazon'd   

FILE PHOTO: An Amazon.com Inc driver stands next to an Amazon delivery truck in Los Angeles, California, U.S. on May 21, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File PhotoThomson Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's game-changing move to upend the grocery business with a surprise deal to buy Whole Foods Market Inc compounds a problem already vexing fund managers: how to play U.S. consumer spending when the Seattle-based e-commerce giant is threatening to take over retail.

Amazon's relentless growth and destruction of value among traditional retail rivals is forcing active fund managers to look for bets in areas they think Amazon can't or won't reach.

Emerging options include theme restaurant chains, recreational vehicle makers and sellers of stuff that's just too heavy to ship via Amazon's network. Meanwhile, some fund managers are increasingly convinced the only way to play consumer spending is to move away from brands and retailers and into logistics and supply chain companies, essentially betting e-commerce will render most consumer companies obsolete.

The challenge of investing in consumer companies comes a time when the category would typically shine.

Low unemployment and a solid housing market boost consumer stocks, yet companies in the category - excluding Amazon - are up just 5.2 percent for the year, or about 3 percentage points below the broad S&P 500 as a whole, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Amazon shares, by comparison, are up about 30 percent. 

BIGGER DISRUPTION THAN WAL-MART'S

Amazon now accounts for about 34 percent of all U.S. online sales and should see that number grow to about 50 percent by 2021, according to a Needham research note.

Amazon's growing dominance is in some ways akin to the rise of Wal-Mart Stores Inc in the early 2000s, when its rapid growth and move to branch out into groceries raised concerns it would put other retailers out of business. Yet Amazon's greater online reach and purchase of a top-shelf grocery store chain makes it far more formidable, said Barbara Miller, a portfolio manager at Federated Kaufmann funds.

"I've been in this industry for twenty-five years and this is the biggest transformation we've seen in the consumer space," she said.

bezos tabletsGus Ruelas/ReutersWhile Wal-Mart put many small mom-and-pop stores out of business, Amazon is dragging down national competitors like Target and Macy's with its combination of low prices, broad range of inventory, and speed, she said.

At the same time, Amazon is expanding its e-commerce dominance when more shoppers are online, suggesting more pain ahead for competitors. E-commerce sales grew 14.7 percent in 2016, nearly triple the 5.1-percent growth rate of traditional retailers, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

BUGS AND COFFEE: THE HUNT FOR SURVIVORS

Fund managers say Amazon's growing dominance is forcing them to shift long-held strategies, by either putting less money into consumer stocks overall or by focusing on companies that can compete alongside Amazon or may be attractive buyout targets.

The company's outsized 15.4-percent weighting, more than double the next-largest stock in the S&P 500 Consumer Discretionary index, is problematic for fund managers who typically will not hold any positions greater than 5 percent of their portfolio in order to manage risk.

Josh Cummings, a portfolio manager at Janus Henderson funds, is avoiding shares of direct competitors of Amazon, such as Target Corp, Kroger Co, and Wal-Mart, and instead focusing on companies with "idiosyncratic" attributes, he said.

Starbucks Corp, for instance, offers an experience that Amazon would find hard to match, he said, while Servicemaster Global Holdings, parent company of pest control company Terminix, is largely immune from e-commerce competition.

"Could Amazon decide they want to be in the business of spraying for bugs? It doesn't seem likely," he said.

Miller, the portfolio manager at the Federated Kaufmann funds, said she is moving away from stores that could be found in a mall, focusing instead on companies like Dave & Busters Entertainment Inc and Wingstop Inc that offer food-based experiences. She also owns shares of Camping World Holdings Inc, which sells a mix of goods and services ranging from roadside assistance to accessories to the growing recreational vehicle market.

"This is a company with a strong membership base that has the sort of scale in its niche to rival Amazon," she said.

Jeff Rottinghaus, portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price U.S. Large-Cap Core Equity fund, said he owns Home Depot Inc shares because its stores essentially function as warehouses and much of its merchandise is too heavy or bulky to profitably ship quickly online.

Gary Bradshaw, a portfolio manager at Hodges Capital in Dallas, said he expects that portfolio holding Wal-Mart will become more aggressive in acquiring small, private companies to broaden its online reach.

BonobosBonobosThe company announced a deal to buy men's wear company Bonobos for $310 million in mid-June, following purchases of outdoor gear retailer Moosejaw and online shoe store ShoeBuy. Wal-Mart acquired online retailer Jet.com in a $3.3 billion deal last August.

"They're going to do whatever it takes to compete with Amazon. They may be losing the battle at the moment but that doesn't mean that they will back down," he said.

Other investors are getting their consumer exposure by focusing on behind-the-scenes companies that power the growth of e-commerce.

Laird Bieger, a portfolio manager of the Baron Discovery Fund - the top-performing small-cap growth fund year-to-date - said he is focusing on companies like CommerceHub Inc, which works with companies such as J C Penney Co and Best Buy Inc to allow them to sell more products online and ship directly from manufacturers.

Craig Richard, a co-portfolio manager of the Buffalo Emerging Opportunities fund, said he has been buying Kornit Digital Ltd, which makes textile printers that can produce t-shirt and other apparel designs on demand, helping save inventory costs.

Amazon is Kornit's largest customer and has warrants to buy up to 2.9 million Kornit shares, about 8 percent of the company, at $13.03 a share over the next five years. Shares of Kornit, up 57 percent this year, traded at $19.95 on Frida

(Reporting by David Randall; Editing by Dan Burns and Nick Zieminski)


          All the companies in Jeff Bezos’s empire, in one (large) chart   
With a net worth of $84.7 billion, Bezos has made a number of investments and acquisitions. Here is a snapshot of the empire.

          AWS Ten Year Birthday – Risky Bet to Winning Formula   
When Amazon.com launched its first Web service 10 years ago today, offering storage in the cloud, people thought it was yet another crazy, profit-nuking idea from Chief Executive Jeff Bezos. Why on Earth, investors and analysts griped, was a company still struggling with a marginally profitable retail business embarking on what looked like an entirely … Continue reading "AWS Ten Year Birthday – Risky Bet to Winning Formula"
          Trump’s Latest Tantrums – Let’s Walk and Chew Gum at the Same Time   
The man occupying the office once occupied by ‘the leader of the free world’ has spent his week railing against the news media. He took on big city newspapers, threatening Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos for non-payment of a non-existent 'internet tax'. Then it was CNN. And now he’s been petty and misogynist with a personal attack on MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted: bad things are afoot in Congress and elsewhere.   [Read more...]

          Big money investors are searching for stocks that can't get Amazon'd   

FILE PHOTO: An Amazon.com Inc driver stands next to an Amazon delivery truck in Los Angeles, California, U.S. on May 21, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File PhotoThomson Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's game-changing move to upend the grocery business with a surprise deal to buy Whole Foods Market Inc compounds a problem already vexing fund managers: how to play U.S. consumer spending when the Seattle-based e-commerce giant is threatening to take over retail.

Amazon's relentless growth and destruction of value among traditional retail rivals is forcing active fund managers to look for bets in areas they think Amazon can't or won't reach.

Emerging options include theme restaurant chains, recreational vehicle makers and sellers of stuff that's just too heavy to ship via Amazon's network. Meanwhile, some fund managers are increasingly convinced the only way to play consumer spending is to move away from brands and retailers and into logistics and supply chain companies, essentially betting e-commerce will render most consumer companies obsolete.

The challenge of investing in consumer companies comes a time when the category would typically shine.

Low unemployment and a solid housing market boost consumer stocks, yet companies in the category - excluding Amazon - are up just 5.2 percent for the year, or about 3 percentage points below the broad S&P 500 as a whole, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Amazon shares, by comparison, are up about 30 percent. 

BIGGER DISRUPTION THAN WAL-MART'S

Amazon now accounts for about 34 percent of all U.S. online sales and should see that number grow to about 50 percent by 2021, according to a Needham research note.

Amazon's growing dominance is in some ways akin to the rise of Wal-Mart Stores Inc in the early 2000s, when its rapid growth and move to branch out into groceries raised concerns it would put other retailers out of business. Yet Amazon's greater online reach and purchase of a top-shelf grocery store chain makes it far more formidable, said Barbara Miller, a portfolio manager at Federated Kaufmann funds.

"I've been in this industry for twenty-five years and this is the biggest transformation we've seen in the consumer space," she said.

bezos tabletsGus Ruelas/ReutersWhile Wal-Mart put many small mom-and-pop stores out of business, Amazon is dragging down national competitors like Target and Macy's with its combination of low prices, broad range of inventory, and speed, she said.

At the same time, Amazon is expanding its e-commerce dominance when more shoppers are online, suggesting more pain ahead for competitors. E-commerce sales grew 14.7 percent in 2016, nearly triple the 5.1-percent growth rate of traditional retailers, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

BUGS AND COFFEE: THE HUNT FOR SURVIVORS

Fund managers say Amazon's growing dominance is forcing them to shift long-held strategies, by either putting less money into consumer stocks overall or by focusing on companies that can compete alongside Amazon or may be attractive buyout targets.

The company's outsized 15.4-percent weighting, more than double the next-largest stock in the S&P 500 Consumer Discretionary index, is problematic for fund managers who typically will not hold any positions greater than 5 percent of their portfolio in order to manage risk.

Josh Cummings, a portfolio manager at Janus Henderson funds, is avoiding shares of direct competitors of Amazon, such as Target Corp, Kroger Co, and Wal-Mart, and instead focusing on companies with "idiosyncratic" attributes, he said.

Starbucks Corp, for instance, offers an experience that Amazon would find hard to match, he said, while Servicemaster Global Holdings, parent company of pest control company Terminix, is largely immune from e-commerce competition.

"Could Amazon decide they want to be in the business of spraying for bugs? It doesn't seem likely," he said.

Miller, the portfolio manager at the Federated Kaufmann funds, said she is moving away from stores that could be found in a mall, focusing instead on companies like Dave & Busters Entertainment Inc and Wingstop Inc that offer food-based experiences. She also owns shares of Camping World Holdings Inc, which sells a mix of goods and services ranging from roadside assistance to accessories to the growing recreational vehicle market.

"This is a company with a strong membership base that has the sort of scale in its niche to rival Amazon," she said.

Jeff Rottinghaus, portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price U.S. Large-Cap Core Equity fund, said he owns Home Depot Inc shares because its stores essentially function as warehouses and much of its merchandise is too heavy or bulky to profitably ship quickly online.

Gary Bradshaw, a portfolio manager at Hodges Capital in Dallas, said he expects that portfolio holding Wal-Mart will become more aggressive in acquiring small, private companies to broaden its online reach.

BonobosBonobosThe company announced a deal to buy men's wear company Bonobos for $310 million in mid-June, following purchases of outdoor gear retailer Moosejaw and online shoe store ShoeBuy. Wal-Mart acquired online retailer Jet.com in a $3.3 billion deal last August.

"They're going to do whatever it takes to compete with Amazon. They may be losing the battle at the moment but that doesn't mean that they will back down," he said.

Other investors are getting their consumer exposure by focusing on behind-the-scenes companies that power the growth of e-commerce.

Laird Bieger, a portfolio manager of the Baron Discovery Fund - the top-performing small-cap growth fund year-to-date - said he is focusing on companies like CommerceHub Inc, which works with companies such as J C Penney Co and Best Buy Inc to allow them to sell more products online and ship directly from manufacturers.

Craig Richard, a co-portfolio manager of the Buffalo Emerging Opportunities fund, said he has been buying Kornit Digital Ltd, which makes textile printers that can produce t-shirt and other apparel designs on demand, helping save inventory costs.

Amazon is Kornit's largest customer and has warrants to buy up to 2.9 million Kornit shares, about 8 percent of the company, at $13.03 a share over the next five years. Shares of Kornit, up 57 percent this year, traded at $19.95 on Frida

(Reporting by David Randall; Editing by Dan Burns and Nick Zieminski)


          The American People Are The Number One Target: “They Are Tightening The Screws”   
Jeremiah Johnsoin June 30th, 2017 SHTFplan.com A little more than a week ago it was announced that Whole Foods was bought by Amazon.com for just under $14 billion. One of the major problems with this is that Jeff Bezos, the head of Amazon has deep ties with the CIA and the Federal government. Wal-Mart being […]
          18 Community Foundation Leaders’ Advice for Jeff Bezos (Blog)   
Wealthy philanthropists can give help to those who need it most by investing in local foundations and their communities.
          Ever wondered how Jeff Bezos’s résumé looks like?   

See his journey and the milestones that brought him where he is today

The post Ever wondered how Jeff Bezos’s résumé looks like? appeared first on RECRUITING TIMES.


          3 Ways to Show You Know How to Innovate Like Jeff Bezos   
Know when to abandon a project and when to push it forward.
          How Amazon's Jeff Bezos Built a Multibillion-Dollar Retail Empire   
Amazon's $13 billion acquisition of Whole Foods put it one step closer to world domination--and it's not stopping anytime soon. Here are the milestones that made Bezos become one of the richest people in the world.
          特朗普批亚马逊没缴“互联网税” 但美国并无这个税种   
美东时间6月28日晚间,美国总统特朗普在社交媒体推特上突然怒批亚马逊公司不缴“互联网税”,同时再次称亚马逊创始人、CEO杰夫·贝索斯(JeffBezos)收购的《华盛顿邮报》是“假新闻”。特朗普推特怒怼贝索斯的亚马逊,称其不缴“互联网税”。特朗普的推特全文写道:“被称为亚马逊守护者的#亚马逊华盛顿邮报#,不缴纳互联
          It's true: Whole Foods to fire humans and replace them with robots under new owner Jeff Bezos   
(Natural News) In a move that might not come as much of a surprise, Whole Foods’ new owner Jeff Bezos is expected to do away with human employees and replace them with robots. The 13.7 million deal that gave Bezos control over Whole Foods could ultimately hurt American workers. According to company documents reviewed before the...

          Commenti su Quando Jeff Bezos dà lezioni al Corriere del Ticino di Moreno Zilli   
Miglioreranno. Infatti vogliono sostituire i lavoratori sottopagati e precari con dei robot. Questa è innovazione e viene anche confermata l'intenzione di investire.
          All the companies in Jeff Bezos’s empire, in one (large) chart   

With a net worth of $84.7 billion, Bezos has made a number of investments and acquisitions. Here is a snapshot of the empire.

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          Belfast Man Sues Amazon, Bezos and Phish Drummer for Child Obscenity   
Contact: Bradley Williams, 207-323-1965, 616ozpbrs@gmail.com BELFAST, Maine., Feb. 6, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- Jeff Bezos, Jon Fishman of Phish, and Amazon.com Face Child Obscenity Charges in US District Court A civil complaint has been filed today in First US District Court of Bangor claiming that Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com, along with Phish drummer Jon Fishman, are selling "prohibited obscene matter depicting child rape, incest, sodomy, bestiality, mother rape and murder." Source: Maine Chimney
          Jeff Bezos, Jon Fishman of Phish, and Amazon.com Face Child Obscenity Charges in US District Court   
Contact: Bradley Williams, 207-323-7755 BANGOR, Maine, Feb. 2, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- A civil complaint has been filed today in First US District Court of Bangor claiming that Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com, along with Phish drummer Jon Fishman, are selling "prohibited obscene matter depicting child rape, incest, sodomy, bestiality, mother rape and murder." The suit was filed by Belfast, Maine local Bradley Williams asking for damages from Amazon.com and the Vermont based band Touchpant Source: Maine Chimney
          Amazon Pushes Prime Service With Day Of Deals   
SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 18: Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos presents the company's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, on June 18, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The much-anticipated device is available for pre-order today and is available exclusively with AT&T service.Amazon is trying to lure more subscribers to its $99 Prime loyalty program by pushing a day of discounts it calls "Prime Day" during the sleepier summer shopping season.
          Amazon is going to get a piece of almost every pie on the market   
Amazon-Prime

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should have heard about Amazon by now. Most of us know it as the company that was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994 to sell books online, mainly textbooks for college students. The vision statement for Amazon has been To be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can […]

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Amazon is going to get a piece of almost every pie on the market


          Ako s 2 pice ne nahraniš radnike - imaš ih previše   
Teže je biti ljubazan nego pametan, rekao je pre nekoliko godina u jednom govoru Džef Bezos, vlasnik Amazona. Stvarajući carstvo, što je danas sve ono što je Amazon, njegov šef pravo je reputaciju ne samo vizionara ili inovatora, već i nekog čiji je liderski stil, a iz toga i korporativna kultura, u najmanju ruku, moralno upitne stvari.
          Working on Reading and Math with K5 Learning {A TOS Review}   

My children love being able to get computer time in every day. And mommy loves finding new educational sites for them to try out, because when they are on the computer, they are supposed to be learning something before they can have a chance to "play." When the opportunity arose to try out K5 Learning, I jumped at the chance, because it was a site they could all use. Thanks to the Homeschool Review Crew, we were given a 6 month subscription to their online program, with the chance to have up to four student accounts. Perfect.



What exactly is K5 Learning? 

Well, K5 Learning is an online educational program which allows a child to work on their reading, math, and spelling. It is not a full curriculum. Instead it is a supplemental program that can be used by homeschool or public school children. While we received a 6 month subscription, subscriptions are usually sold on a monthly or annual basis.

After taking assessments in reading and math, the child will be given lessons that are supposed to fit the level they were assessed at. Or, a parent can assign lessons through their parent account. The child can choose whether they want to do math, reading, or spelling; however, they have no control beyond that. The program assigns what it feels the child should be working on, and then progresses as the child works on the lessons. In addition to the online portion of the program, there are worksheets that are generated which correspond to the lessons being learned. These give the child a chance to practice the concepts, which I really appreciate.


Okay, that was a quick overview of the program. Let's take a look at things in more detail.

The first thing I had to do was set up a Parent Account. Then I set up Student Accounts for each of the children. The children can now log into their accounts. As I mentioned, the student starts the program by first taking assessments, which take around 30-45 minutes. This helps the program decide what level the child will be working at. There are several different categories that are assessed in both reading and math. Reading assesses Phonics, Phonemic Awareness, Sight Words, Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension. Math assesses Numbers & Operations, Measurement, and Geometry. Once the assessments are completed, an email is sent with the results. More detailed results are available on the parent account by clicking "View Reports" under each child's information. 

These reports are quite informative. Here let's take a look at Tabitha's reports, so you can see what I am referring to.


The Reading Assessment shows that Tabitha's Overall Reading Score is above the 4th grade range, and her Phonics is in the mastery range. The little chart at the bottom tells me that she is exempt from any Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Word instruction because she scored at the highest level. In Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension she was placed above grade level. 


The Math Assessment shows that her Overall Math Score is within the 4th grade range. From the chart on the bottom, I could see she might be struggling in Measurement, but was above grade level for Numbers & Operations and Geometry. 

Each of the children scored pretty well on these assessments. However, my concern with them is, I knew there were things the children knew, but ended up being assessed low, like Amelia in her Phonics section. She only scored at a high 2nd grade level and was getting lessons that were way too easy for her. Even Tabitha, due to her Measurement score, was doing math that was really too basic for her. This is because they answered something wrong on the assessment. Due to this, the children resisted using K5 Learning at first. They knew they had to do it, but they were bored. Then I discovered that I could create assignments myself from my parent dashboard. 

A Lesson Library is available for Reading and Math. The parent can choose the grade level to be used.


The problem with this feature is that beyond the topic, you really can't tell what the lessons are going to be about. So, I still wasn't sure if I was assigning work that would be too easy. On the page that appeared when I clicked "Create Assignment" it does say that we, as parents, don't have to create assignments because the program has set up lessons based on the assessments. It does suggest times at which creating assignments could be beneficial, such as when parents may want a child to redo a lesson they struggled with or doing all the lessons from a certain assignment instead of using the preset lessons. 

As it turned out, the lessons I assigned weren't really what the children needed. So, I contacted the company. Thankfully, they are very willing to help you figure out what level your child needs to be working at. I was sent two pdf charts to peruse, which showed the different Math and Reading levels and what subject matter is covered in each grade. The grades are further broken down to "Early, Mid, and Late," and each of the categories tested in the assessment show the subject matter taught at each level. I ended up asking them to keep the children at the levels they were at if they were on grade level or ahead, and just bringing them up to grade level if they tested behind. This seemed to work as the children are a lot happier with their computer time. I don't keep hearing "This is boring!" anymore.

I usually have the children work in both math and reading when they have their computer time, though sometimes they may only do one or the other. Let's take a look at what the program looks like for the child.

When a child logs in, they will come to their own dashboard.



They have the option to go to the Reading & Math section or the Spelling section. The children love that there is a different riddle every time they log in. They love trying to figure it out themselves and then trying to stump the family. I have to say, I'm usually stumped. At the bottom of the screen the child will see the recommended worksheets that correspond to the last lesson they were working on. Personally, I don't allow the children to print things off of the internet, so I am the one who gets on their account and decides which worksheet I want them to work on, if any. 

Once they click on Reading or Math lesson, a new window will open with the lesson. Here is a recent lesson that Tabitha was working on.


When they click on a math assignment, they are shown what the topic of the lesson will be, the learning objectives, and possibly keywords (usually in the higher grades from what I have noticed). Sometimes the lesson will open automatically, and sometimes the student needs to click "Next." From what I have been able to tell, there really isn't a lot of instruction at first. There is usually some animated lesson that the child is answering questions in. If they get it right, they move on, if their answer is incorrect, they try again. After the second incorrect answer, the computer provides the answer. Tabitha has been working with multiplication and division problems recently, and there really isn't any animation to her lessons. She just receives problems and is told to solve them. I'm assuming this is because she is in a higher grade and doesn't really need animation. 

The problem the children are running into, is the program will start giving these problems without first explaining how to solve them. For instance, the following was thrown at Tabitha, and she was in tears because it hadn't explained what she was supposed to be doing.


I actually wasn't sure what they were looking for either, at first. She was able to click on the book icon at the bottom of the screen, and it explained different properties of multiplication, but she still wasn't sure how to work it out. What frustrated her even more was the fact that they expected her to work quickly. In this instance, if she didn't have the answer typed in within a certain amount of time it provided the answer for her. This meant she got that one wrong, even if she had figured it out. Fortunately, after it went through all the problems, it gave a bit of instruction on what she should be doing. We couldn't understand why they didn't teach it first. The only thing I could figure was that it was assessing if she knew the information. But to her, it just caused tears. I think if she hadn't felt rushed, she wouldn't have been so stressed, which would have allowed her to work it out. 

I will say, I do like that they teach different methods for working out multiplication, though at first some of the methods had me scratching my head.


After multiplication, Tabitha started working on division. And now has moved into division with two-digit divisors. Unfortunately, this has again stressed her out, because she is still trying to figure out single-digit divisors. I'm going to look into assigning her lessons in division, to see if I can get her some more practice.

In Reading she is working on Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary. With Reading Comprehension they give a passage for her to read, and then she needs to answer questions. She has also been working on cause and effect. With Vocabulary she is given a word, taught how to pronounce it, is given the definition, and plays a "game" where she needs to give the proper definition for the word in the sentence. 

Amelia has had similar Reading assignments, but at her grade level. She has also been working on sight words. Here are a few screen shots showing her work:








In Math, Amelia is working on liquid measurement and numbers over a million. 

Hannah has worked her way up to diphthongs in phonics. She started out working on beginning vowels, which was in Level 1, but after we changed the levels, she moved up to the more appropriate Level 2 Phonics which had her working with R-Controlled vowels and digraphs. She is doing wonderfully with these lessons. Here is a sample screenshot of one of her games.


And here is one of her recent Vocabulary assignments. The sentence is read to her, and then she chooses the correct vocabulary word from the drop down menu.


In Math she was working on graphing and statistics for a while, then odd and even numbers, and now she is working on addition and subtraction. 




Harold has mainly been working in the Reading section. He has had lessons in Phonemic Awareness, Phonics (working with consonant sounds), Sight Words (which his progress info shows that he is struggling with, but I think it might be because he walks away from the computer and there is no way to pause the lesson), Reading Comprehension (learning about sequencing and main ideas), and Vocabulary. 



In Math he has worked on counting, counting backwards, ordinal numbers, and composing & decomposing numbers.

It took us a while to figure out when a lesson was actually finished for the session. When they are done with each little section, they will see the following screen where they can choose whether they should go on or stop.



If it wasn't really the end of that days lesson, sometimes they find they are redoing a lesson or skipping to a different lesson than what they were on. We finally discovered that it will say "Congratulations! You have finished the lesson" if it is the actual end of the lesson. To me, if this screen appears, that should mean they are done and won't have to do the lesson again. 

The children haven't really been using K5 Learning for their Spelling as the older girls have their own spelling curriculum they are working through, and I haven't really been working with spelling with the younger children. That said, I did have them try it out a time or two.

When the child clicks on Spelling, a new tab opens up and they see a screen where they choose Spelling or Vocabulary Tutor. They can also choose how many words they want to work on, with ten being the smallest amount. Then they see the following screen:

They hear the word and can click on "hear word" to hear it again if needed. The definition is written out, which is helpful to the older girls, but younger children would possibly need parental help to read the definition. And example sentence is given, and if you click on the camera, you can see a picture of what the word is describing. After typing in the word, the child is to click submit to see if they spelled it correctly. If it is incorrect, the program will show some of the letters and have them try again. If they still don't get it correct, the answer will be given and the child will have a chance to practice it and hear it spelled. 

I'm not actually sure how I feel about the Spelling section, as the words seem so random. For instance, when I tried it out, the words given went from "board" to "building" to "doctor." I very much prefer when spelling word lists make follow some sort of logical order. 

Let's move on from the online portion and take a quick look at the worksheets. 

Once a child has worked on a new lesson, new corresponding worksheets will be generated. Sometimes I have the children work on them, other times I feel they have mastered the work enough to not worry about it. Or, if I need something for them to do to keep them busy, I may just print them out anyway. And when I had my surgery, I was able to print out worksheets to give them something to do.

Here are some of the math worksheets they have worked on recently.


I noticed that Amelia was struggling with syllables, so I made sure to print out the worksheets so she could practice.



And I thought Harold would have fun working on some phonics worksheets.


Sometimes the worksheets need to be worked on with a parent, like when Hannah had some cause and effect worksheets, so we don't get to those as much as I would like. 

As you can see, there is a lot to K5 Learning. The children have a variety of lessons they are working through. They never know exactly what they will be working on from day to day, but they can look back on their progress (using the Progress button on their dashboard screen) to see what they have done and how much they have learned. In fact, though these lessons seem to come at them randomly, when you look back on them, you can see the logic in the order. As a parent, I also have access to their progress reports on my Parent Account. I can see the dates they worked on each lesson, their scores, and their overall average in each category. Though I don't really keep grades for the children at this age, these will be great to add with our portfolio that goes to our evaluator. 

I have to say, I would love to see the ability for the children to take an assessment more than once. Such as after they have used the program for a month, or maybe every couple of months, just to see how they are progressing. The only problem is, as I found out when I wasn't happy with their placements, if a child retakes the assessment they lose all the work they have done, and their account is reset. 

Even though we have had some frustrations with K5 Learning, I think we are finally getting into a groove with it. I didn't realize at first that I could assign additional assignments if the children were struggling with concepts. So, I am going to look into that a bit more. 

All in all, this is a pretty good program, though there are definitely some things I feel need improvement.


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