A Probe Into The Meddling Of US’ 2016 General Elections

During the U.S 2016 presidential elections, there were massive cases of interference by Russia. They used sophisticated and comprehensive tools to sway the outcome of the presidential results. It has been discovered that a certain Russian firm with a connection to the Kremlin bought political adverts with the intention of favoring Donald Trump. Despite the ban on foreign political spending, election laws and oversight, its enforcement has failed.

There are investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election which is led by Special Counsel Robert Muller. There is hope that the probe will be successful. The probing is expected to determine whether Russia’s meddling in the election was aided by Trump’s team. However, there is doubt that Washington is interested in stopping foreign meddling into the politics of the country.

For a long time, the right-wing allied politicians in conjunction with their special interest cronies have undermined the country’s campaign financing laws. They have opened loopholes for pumping in untraceable and unlimited political funding. This has allowed small groups of people with big pockets to sway the scales in their favor. They have slowly developed a rigged system where few people have their say in the affairs of the country.

The realization that a foreign company dared to buy political ads on Facebook showed how vulnerable and endangered our elections have become. More astonishingly is the reluctance of the government to do anything about it. This paints a grim picture on how any corporation, government and even individual billionaires with self-serving interests can influence government dealings in our democracy.

We might never know the amount of money which was spent by Russia or any country to interfere with the election. However, a $100,000 digital advertisement might have been the kickstart. Prior to news of Russian meddling in the elections, there was news of American Pacific International Capital, spending in elections. The company which is owned by Chinese nationals but incorporated in California is said to have used a loophole to inject $1.3 million into Super PAC which was supporting Jeb Bush.

Democrats have spent several years in overcoming Republican filibusters, DISCLOSE ACT, which requires groups to disclose any secret campaign spending. In the summer of this year, Democrats in Congress reintroduced a bill which is intended to overturn Citizens United and other similar misguided Supreme Court rulings. There are many organizations which are in the forefront in ensuring that there is no foreign influence in our elections. Some of them include End Citizens United.

About End Citizen United
End Citizen United is a political action committee which was formed to challenge laws that govern campaign funding. It intends to drive money out of elections. ECU works hard to ensure that reform-oriented leaders are elected.

In 2016, the group collected over $25 million in donations towards the 2016 general elections. This, year, End Citizens United intends to collect about $35 million towards the 2018 midterm elections. The group solicits funds from its members to help fund campaigns of people they perceive as reform-oriented.

End Citizens United has declared its support for Democratic Senators Jon Tester and Sherrod Brown in defending their Montana and Ohio seats respectively in the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections.

Learn more about End Citizens United: http://www.factcheck.org/tag/end-citizens-united/

Effective Workshops and Seminars by Market America

For those of you not yet acquainted with Market America events, they are extremely successful marketing workshops and seminars hosted by Market America, the popular owner behind Shop.com. The company hosts hands-on workshops and seminars that teach attendees the best and most effective means of earning sales commissions on their wide array of products. These products include jewelry, cosmetics and beauty supplies, water filters, financial management tools, nutritional supplements, vitamins, coffee, skin creams, pet care products, and many others. Market America does not produce any of its popular products, rather they use several large manufacturers to produce exclusive products for their globally recognized brand.

The company was founded in 1992 by JR Ridinger and is based out of Greensboro, North Carolina. According to their online company profile, they are home to over 650 employees scattered around the world. The company’s last financial report boasted annual gross revenue of $284 million dollars and well over $135 million dollars in total company assets.

The brilliant man behind the company is none other than marketing genius, JR Ridinger. He serves as the company’s active CEO and president. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ridinger made a name for himself and a large fortune by becoming one of Amway’s leading distributors. Having mastered Amway’s business model, JR Ridinger went on to found a similarly styled multi-level marketing company, Market America.

The company is largely driven by its massive commission-based sales force. These individuals have their salesmanship skills greatly improved by attending any of Market America’s localized events, or its highly touted annual international convention. These renowned seminars that utilize small group-based workshops and training sessions have proven to be highly effective in growing the company’s impressive annual income and asset holdings.

If you would like to learn more about Market America’s money making tools then be sure to visit their comprehensive website for more information and a seminar and events schedule.

Market America’s Social Media: twitter.com/marketamerica

Academy of Art University Preparing Fashion Professionals for Evolving Fashion Business

Every year, many new talents and faces emerge from New York Fashion Week. As the fashion trends continue to change and evolve at a rapid pace, many new designers are coming to the fore through various platforms, and one of the most versatile and prestigious platforms is the New York Fashion Week. Discovering new talent is always a pleasant treat, and it is what The School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University has been doing for twenty-one times in a row. It held its 21st runway showcase at the prestigious venue, Skylight Clarkson Square. In the recent season, ten graduates from the popular BFA and MFA participated and showcased their collection, debuting two menswear, and five women wear collections.

 

As the background of the designers who debuted with their collections was diverse, it reflected in the collections they present. It left the audiences impressed and speechless, which included many famous names as well, including Ms. J Alexander and Sara Kozlowski. Endless hours have been put by these young designers to ensure that they can impress the audience and get the limelight at such a reputed occasion with the hope to transform fifteen minutes of fame to last forever. In the presence of such big names from the world of fashion, they were able to showcase their collections with confidence and present their vision as to what the future of fashion beholds.

 

Academy of Art University was founded in the year 1929 and is based in San Francisco. The institution boasts of having prepared some of the big names in the world of fashion and continues to develop and groom the fashion designers of the future. The institution is famous across the globe and has an inclusive admission policy, which is the reason it has some of the most diverse range of students from different nooks and corners of the world. The Academy of Art University provides practical training with a focus on providing its students with as much exposure possible to the real fashion world so that they are mentally and technically prepared when they enter the fashion business for real.

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The Traveling Vineyard Is Fascinating

People love to travel to the Napa Valley area. If you are planning to go, you will love that you will get to taste so many different kinds of wines. The reason that you will be able to do this is that this area is known for the grapes that they can grow and produce wines with. Not only will you get to enjoy the wines, but you will see other sights in the area too. The Traveling Vineyard Wine Guides have some suggestions that will help you to see more of the area.

The Park Will Provide A Great Place For Fun

Make sure that you go to the park for a picnic. Bring all the food and drink that you need. Take in some bird watching while you are there.

Stop In At The Spa

Get pampered when you visit the Auberge Spa. You will be able to receive great massages and baths in this fantastic place while you are in Napa Valley.

Have A Cooking Class You Can Be Proud Of

Go to the Silverdale Cooking School and get a great cooking class. You will be impressed with the wine foods that you will be taught to make. It is also a great way to meet other people.

Take The Napa Art Walk For More Enjoyment

On the Napa Art Walk, you will get to see 3-D artwork by local artists. You will appreciate all the pieces, as they are very nice indeed. It is a great way to spend an afternoon while you are in the area.

Do You Want To Become A Traveling Vineyard Wine Guide?

If you want to become a Traveling Vineyard Wine Guide, you will want to visit their website. They have an application form online. You can fill that out, and they will contact you with more information about becoming one.

What Does It Take To Be One?

You need to be able to set your own hours so being disciplined is something that will work for you. Wanting to make money is also a plus. Loving to spend time with new people is essential because you will be giving wine parties.

The company is known for its great, social presence. This will make it easy for you to get known as a Wine Guide. You can also utilize the other people in the company for any questions that you might have. You will never feel like you are alone out there.

For details: www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Traveling-Vineyard-Reviews-E403511.htm

End Citizens United’s Hopes For 2018

End Citizens United is a traditional PAC group who is at the top of the ranks of Democratic affiliated groups that spent money in last year’s elections, despite an individual donor cap of $5,000. Their name derives from a 2010 decision made by the Supreme Court in regards to Citizens United. This decision paved the way for union and corporate entities’ ability to donate to candidate elections and super PACs raising and spending funds with no limits.

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has quietly reversed their own policy, thereby allowing funding by special interest groups and lobbyists to go towards legal defense of White House staff being investigated for collusion during the 2016 campaign. This means anyone, even foreign powers, could anonymously donate funds. This will increase the likelihood of conflicts of interest and unethical behavior as the Russia probe moves forward.

These developments are egregious and disrespectful to the American people. The Trump Administration is becoming notorious for fighting against requests for transparency and disclosure, such as Trump refusing to release his tax information and disclosing the contents of the White House Visitors Log. End Citizens United is demanding transparency and full disclosures regarding all donations made to Trump’s aides’ legal defense fund.

The group has been fundraising towards their goal of getting candidates in favor of campaign finance reform elected to Congress. They raised more than $4 million by April of 2017 and expects to raise $35 million before the 2018 midterm elections. They estimate about 100,000 donated during the first quarter, with 40,000 contributing for first time. The average contribution was $12, as those with the capability of giving more are not supportive of their mission and use their dollars to benefit themselves.

End Citizens United has built ties with campaign finance groups and collaborates on occasion to achieve common goals. An example was working with more than two dozen groups in attempts to persuade Republican senators to recuse themselves from voting on Betsy Devos’ nomination as Education secretary. The final vote was 50-50 with Vice President Pence breaking the tie by voting in her favor. Its worth mentioning the Republican senators that End Citizens reached out to were recipients of campaign donations from Devos and her wealthy family.

There is an urgency to raise funds, brought on by Trump being elected and the democrats’ fight against his administration, their agenda and nominees. Contributors recently donated $500,000 to the campaign of Democrat Jon Ossoff in Atlanta, who is trying to fill a Republican House seat previously held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Ossoff is a 30 year old first time political candidate and managed to raise $4 million on his own for the special election that was held this past April, to the surprise of many in the political establishment. End Citizens United is looking towards the future and contemplating favorable candidates in the upcoming 2018 races; more specifically Democratic senators John Tester of Montana and Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, Leveraging the power of Humanitarian Groups to Fight Impunity

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two individuals that have proved that the world can be a better place if we all join hands in combating impunity and oppression. From the get go, Jim and Michael have at one point in time suffered at the hands of oppressive regimes, getting arrested in the process.

Their story begins back in 2007 when Jim and Michael, two journalists and the co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, got to expose Sheriff Joe Arpaio for crimes committed while holding public office.

After the ordeal, Joe Arpaio was not a happy man, and so he ordered the immediate arrest of Michael and Jim. Shortly after their release, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin vowed to teach Maricopa County a lesson that would last a lifetime.

What followed were a series of lawsuits against the county and the sheriff’s department, cases that were later won by Jim and Michael in 2013. Thanks to the ruling issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Michael and Jim are now $3.75 million richer.

Since 2013, Jim and Michael have had extensive involvements in philanthropy, using their newly found fortune to create the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, an organization that has shouldered civil and human rights groups in the State of Arizona financially.

One group that has gotten to benefit from Jim and Michael’s good will is none other than the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition. Since its inception, the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition has leveraged the power of undocumented students, to try and respond positively to a 2006 law that has compelled undocumented students to pay exorbitant tuition rates for more than a decade.

Also, the group has been very vocal particularly on matters centering on scholarships, since the 2006 law has also made a lot of undocumented students lose out on their dreams.

Ever since the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition got created, some of the pioneers of the organization have been able to pursue their dreams, thanks to their bravery that helped highlight many atrocities committed by educational bodies in the State of Arizona.

The Arizona DREAM Act Coalition has since evolved to represent undocumented students in a court of law legally.

Some of the issues highlighted by the group include education rights, human rights, immigrant rights, and lower tuition rates. Because the most affected by discrimination are immigrants and the poor, the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition has become the voice for the voiceless. However, without the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, the group could still be in the shadows.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have sacrificed a lot to see to it that minority groups in the State of Arizona are well represented. Because of their devotion, the world is now a better place.

Through the Frontera Fund, Jim and Michael can finance human and civil rights organizations to legally fight for the rights of people who have been a constant target of social profiling and racial discrimination.

 

OSI Food Solutions

OSI Group L.L.C., is working on frozen and refrigerated foods since 1909. Headquarters is out of Aurora, Illinois, having a global reach to various companies, which will be discussed. They make it a point to not only stay global, but to also be able to maintain a status quo with local cultures in the communities that employment is provided in. OSI provides sausage links, beef patties, sandwiches, and pizza to food service brand names.

In 2016, OSI acquired a Dutch company called Baho Food in order to expand their presence in Europe. It is OSI Groups’ mission to broaden their products around the world, which include chicken nuggets as a supplier for McDonald’s. Also during 2016, OSI Group bought a former Tyson Foods warehouse. OSI Group’s main focus is protein products. OSI also provides fish, poultry, and vegetables besides meat.

OSI is a privately held company in the United States that offers good resources as well as expansion. OSI is about custom food product development. OSI has 65 facilities in 17 countries and 20,000 employees. OSI is about food quality as well as safety, which ensures their brand security. OSI Group has strict policies about their food production process. OSI Group offers Good Manufacturing Practices Training, which focuses on food safety and quality.

OSI Group initiates tough standards that are double-checked and rechecked. Quality, taste, and consistency are what is normally checked at OSI Group facilities. OSI Group also tries to stay ahead with new laboratory methods, as well as food safety research, and food processing methods. OSI Group has new product designs, quality protocols, product preparation instructions, and product cooking reassurances. OSI Group uses great chefs in addition to quality assurance experts.

OSI Group really does have a make-it-happen mentality that is exercised daily. Research and Development specialists are staffed at every major facility around the world. Current systems do not preclude creating new ones when it is necessary. Customers start with ideas, which OSI Group turns into products.

Other OSI products include hot dogs, pizza, pork, baked goods, and dough. OSI Group has a global outreach program in many countries around the world besides the United States such as Spain, the Philippines, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada and more, serving Europe, Asia, and the Americas. More products from OSI include beef, raw and formed, burgers, beefsteak, meatballs and Salisbury steak, as well as meatloaf, and chicken patties.

The History Of The Trabuco

The Trabuco is a weapon that was used between the 5th and 15th Centuries to destroy masonry walls or fling projectiles over the walls. It works just like the catapult.It was commonly used in the Mediterranean in both Muslim and Christian countries.The word Trabuco is also used to refer to large shotguns or revolvers in Brazil.

Trabucos originated from China, and were later introduced in European countries in 600 AD. They were made in different sizes and were useful in different situations. The bigger the Trabuco, the longer the intervals between successive launches and the heavier the projectiles it could throw. The earliest type of the Trabuco written on veja.abril.com.br was the traction Trabuco, which needed men to pull the ropes. Standard-sized ones needed between 15 and 45 men to operate, and the largest recorded one needed about 250 people to operate. One of the shortcomings of this Trabuco was the fact that it was impossible to get everyone operating it to pull the ropes with the same force and this affected efficiency and accuracy. The balancing Trabuco came into use later and was more accurate because of the extra weight added to the weapon.

The Trabuco was popular because it was very easy to manufacture and maintain. Its operating mechanism was also very simple; it made use of gravitational energy. There were similar arms in use then but they were not as efficient as the Trabuco. It was quite accurate and a standard sized one could throw up to 140kg-projectiles almost 0.8km away. Not only stones were used as projectiles. Slaves, cows and horses were also used as ammunition. Trabucos were also used in biological warfare, where people attempted to infect their enemies with certain diseases by throwing bodies infected with disease at them.

Conclusion

The Trabuco was in use for a long time and only stopped being so popular after it was overtaken by the use of gunpowder. The last recorded use of the Trabuco was in a battltlan, which is now Mexico City, in 1521 according to dicio.com.br. Today, it is used for fun and in schools to demonstrate some fundamental mechanics principles.

Visit https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trabuco for more information about trabuco.

Air Conditioning Services-Goettl Air Conditioning

Recently Goettl Air Conditioning has been making a name for its self in the Air Conditioning and the HVAC industry. The ancient air conditioning firm newly acquired Walton Heating and Air Company which also has a family back ground just as Goettl and is located in South California. The purchase was a big step for the old Goettl to expand its air conditioning services to other regions including the Southern California areas. Todd Longbrake is the owner of Walton Heating and Air Company and in a statement, he mentioned that he did his best to take the air conditioning company as far as he could and he was stuck, he was thrilled that Goettl had come to their rescue to expand their organization as well as services.

In 2015 Goettl began showing interest in acquiring Walton Heating and Air Company but Longbrake was unenthusiastic. Later on, Mr. Todd heard some good comments from other stake holders in the air and heating sector about Goettl and also from Ken Goodrich and he decided to give them an opportunity. The deal which completed mid-2015 has given the two air conditioning new face as they have expanded their venture ma king more profits. Goettl has retained Todd Longbrake and he is to retain his previous position as the sales manager and field operator.

Goettl Air Conditioning Company is considered to be a pioneer in the air conditioning sector and an old firm. The organization was established in 1939 by two brothers Gust and Adam Goettl there it is considered a family business. The company was first established in the Greater Phoenix area and was providing refrigerated AC as well as evaporative coolers to keep up with the hot temperatures in the region. Being one of the oldest air conditioning companies in the region; Goettl has been able to keep up with the changes in technology throughout its existence and providing competent services as well as products.

Goettl.com has qualified and well-trained technicians who make sure that they offer efficient services right from the beginning. Goettl makes sure that their technicians and other staff members are certified to avoid accidents and other incidences during work. Ever since its inception; Goettl has been delivering services including;

  1. Installation of air conditioning; these include indoor air quality product Installation as well as services.
  2. Light commercial HVAC service and installation.
  3. Maintenance of the air conditioning equipment

Goettl distribute their services in Greater phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas and recently Southern California. https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2017/06/28/goettl-ac-acquires-socal-based-hvac-company.html. For more info, visit the company’s Linked In page.

How Agora Financial’s Publications are Changing the Investment Landscape

Agora Financial is an incredibly unique company that seeks to educate the everyday person on the specifics of investing their hard earned money into funds that will pay off handsomely. Unlike many companies, their goal is to utilize unbiased research to educate the public through a series of publications that are easily digestible even for those who do not have a background in finance.

A recent YouTube video highlights the company’s offerings, including the multitude of publications offered on their website. The video showcases a man that has worked his entire career as a dentist. While that man has mastered dentistry as well as saved himself up a nice nest egg to provide for himself and his family after retirement, he is unaware of the specifics behind investing as well as what funds will pay off.

Investing can often be risky and in the video, Agora Financial discusses the fact that many investment broker’s in today’s economy are focused on earning themselves a commission rather than focusing on working hard to invest your money in the best manner.

Agora Financial then explains how they conduct their research. They have thousands of employees that are true investors, not brokers or sales associates. Their team spends over a million dollars annually traveling the world to determine which investment funds will be successful for those wanting to invest in a stable manner.

In addition to the travel Agora Financial employees do, they also conduct an absolutely massive amount of research. This research is wholly unbiased. They utilize this investment research to provide a huge variety of publications on their website. These publications vary from speaking to first time investors to even the most experienced of investors. Agora Financial’s goal is to give everyone the knowledge and power to invest, no matter the size of their savings of their experience in investing.

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