On Tuesday September 17 elections will be held for the second time this year in Israel. The first elections ended up in a stalemate and forecasts for the coming elections show similar results. Both sides, right and left, have campaigned and organized their parties in preparation for the coming elections. The right is led by Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud. The left is led by Benny Gantz of the Blue-White Party. Netanyahu in the previous elections received an equal amount of mandates as Gantz (35) but was unable to make a government combining mandates from other parties to reach the required majority of 61 mandates. Gantz also was unable to reach this number so new elections were called by President Reuven Riblin.
The Soviet/Russian space agency Roscosmos has declassified important documents containing information about the race to the moon. The release is timed to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first trip to the moon. The never seen before documentation contains engine specifications and analysis as well as the original thoughts and data of the Soviet engineers and designers.
I have been waiting for many years for the Republicans in Congress to act to make our country safer from mass shootings. I thought they would do something when 20 children and 6 adults were killed at Sandy Hook–a shooting which shocked the whole nation. I thought they would act after the high school shooting in Parkland, (17 deaths), the Orlando night club (50 deaths), the Las Vegas music festival, (59 deaths) the El Paso Walmart (22 deaths), Sutherland Springs church (25 deaths), Odessa and Midland, (7 deaths), San Bernardino (14 deaths) Virginia Beach (12 deaths), Thousand Oaks (12 deaths), Pittsburg synagogue (11deaths) and Santa Fe High School (8 deaths).
Recent Russian elections show stable results for Putin. All of Putin’s governors won but the St. Petersburg race was a tough one to win for his party. The Moscow City Duma (Russian regional parliament) is a puppet entity, and unlike other cities does not even pass its own budget. This year pro Navalny supporters entered races on the municipal level. Alexey Navlany is an opposition leader and has fled Russia. Russian state security services have carried out nationwide raids on the Kremlin critic’s regional headquarters four days after the elections claiming they’re investigating “money laundering.” Navalny got lucky and used a drone to keep the sensitive hard drive information safe from the Russian State forces.
This week the US State Department re-activated military aid to Ukraine in the amount of $140 million. The purpose of the aid is for Ukraine to be able to maintain its independence and sovereignty. However, the conflict within the Donbas region continues and has entered a slow phase without any resolutions.
Astronomers have been so busy observing a mysterious object in deep space that they’re overlooking dangerous nearby asteroids with the potential of hitting the Earth, sometimes only noticing them as they strike or zoom past the planet.
Object C/2019 Q4 was first discovered on August 30 by amateur Ukrainian astronomer Gennady Borisov, and scientists have been baffled by it ever since. At first, the consensus was that it’s a giant space rock which originated in our own solar system. But, its composition remains a mystery and astronomers now believe it’s an interstellar traveler, only the second to have been discovered.
Currently, governments, businesses and corporations depend on centralization when it comes to technology solutions. The centralized approach to manage the digital solution is not wrong, but blockchain technology can offer a way to create an accountable and transparent system. Decentralization is aimed at creating a trustless and fair ecosystem across different industries.
This week, Durig takes a closer look at the various benefits that its Dogs of the S&P 500 Portfolio may provide investors in light of today’s unpredictable financial markets. September Performance Highlights (See bullet points above).
A Multi-Benefit Income Strategy
Durig’s Dogs of the S&P 500 Portfolio has the dual benefit of growth and income from a variety of the highest yielding (with regard to dividends) blue chip companies listed on the S&P 500. The portfolio is able to capture the highest quality blue chip dividends through its use of strategic weighting, achieving an average dividend yield of 4.66%, with the growth component of this strategy helping to boost the total year-to-date portfolio return to 20.78%, and a trailing 1 year return of 13.77%, outpacing the S&P 500 itself in both year-to-date return and trailing 1 year return. This multi benefit strategy allows investors to capture strong growth in principal, while still generating a healthy level of diversified income and realizing strong historical returns.
Today’s IT leaders are at a crossroads. Behind them, there’s a long legacy of hardware and software deployment decisions that have served the business well for years. But new business requirements and application development methods have begun to test the status quo, and as they seek to modernize, they will face several difficult decisions. IT leaders can either commit to the cloud, go all in with on-premises infrastructure or evaluate something entirely new.
Once in a great while you find or learn something that is so unbelievably good, that you have to hear or read it over and over again, often from different sources or perspectives, before the truth of it actually starts to sink in and really make sense. Perhaps it’s that initial bewilderment that has served to curb much of any demand from the fixed income markets for this otherwise “golden” opportunity. Fortunately, this is great news for those that eventually arrive at a deeper understanding of why these Gran Colombia Gold bonds are so darn good… and it is why these bonds are well deserving of overweighting in our high performing FX2 fixed income portfolios.
A YouTube channel owner posted a video Wednesday showing what looks like a “square cloud” formation captured by the Google Earth satellite camera software. The weird, extreme weather pattern naturally has the YouTuber wondering, can it be UFO-related?
Actually looking more like a giant, wailing mouth, the cloud formation is pretty weird no matter its appearance. Aren’t clouds usually more circular? Or, even displaying no discernible pattern at all?
This week, Durig Capital takes a look at an industrial designer, manufacturer and marketer of aftermarket parts for light vehicles, commercial trucks and other industrial uses. Tenneco (NYSE:TEN) is on track and getting ready to create two market leading companies after its landmark acquisition of Federal-Mogul late last year. Its second quarter results tell the story of a company working diligently to grow its business, even among some industry slowdowns (see above).
Tenneco’s 2024 bonds have a yield-to-maturity of just about 7.85%. This is a fantastic yield, especially when investors can’t even get 2% from the current 30-year U.S. Treasury bond. In light of this and the company’s solid Q2 performance, these bonds are ideal for additional weighting in Durig Capital’s Fixed Income 2 (FX2) High Yield Managed Income Portfolio, the aggregated performance of which is shown below.
Israel is in a crisis. Hezbollah has threatened them from the North. They are at war with Iran deploying their forces in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. Trump has vowed support for Israel and its survival in an unstable Middle East. The Peace Deal of the Century between Israel and Palestine is ready to be revealed after the elections.
Ransomware is a top of mind threat for industries of all sizes, and is constantly being evolved and adapted by technically sophisticated and financially motivated attackers. To illustrate the importance of this issue in business terms, Aberdeen’s simple analysis quantifies how the faster, more scalable time-to-recover provided by a cloud-based backup and restore capability reduces the impact of ransomware by about 90%,
Breaking Down the Relentless Risk of Ransomware
Although ransomware has been a weapon in the cybercriminal’s arsenal since as early as 1989, it has more recently become a top of mind threat for organizations of all sizes in the wake of publicity that followed massive, worldwide ransomware attacks such as Petya (2016), WannaCry (2017), and NotPetya (2017).
Treasure hunters from Russia are planning to travel to the Philippines in 2020 to look for hidden gold from WWII. They are convinced they have pinpointed the location of the stolen loot and are eager to start the quest.
Since the US and Japan signed a peace agreement at the end of War War II, treasure hunters have searched for General Tomoyuki Yamashita’s gold. During the war, the Japanese general robbed the whole of Southeast Asia of the precious metal, primarily from the former Spanish colony of the Philippines.
This week, Durig Capital recaps the recent performance of its own unique version of the Dogs of the Dow Strategy and benchmarks it to that of its closest peers. Also explored is the importance of portfolio correlation to the overall market, and how correlation can help to provide investors an idea of how a portfolio could theoretically perform under various market conditions.
Durig’s Dogs of the Dow – September Performance Highlights
- Year-to-Date Return of 9.41%
- Trailing 1 Year Return of 6.73%
- Annualized Lifetime Return of 13.85%
Ever since President Obama signed DACA, The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, it has received constant beratement from Republicans and conservative activists. One of the most common criticisms of DACA is that President Obama did not have the legal right to sign it.
A mystery surrounds the recent disappearance of GEOMAR’s Boknis Eck Observatory and research station (weighing 1,630 lbs) from the bottom of the Baltic Sea. By all indications, the station has been stolen. The primary function of the station, whose location was undisclosed, was to collect environmental data from the ocean floor and transmit information to the researchers.
Nepal is a paradise for every trekker and backpacker. The soulful landscapes, cloud touching mountains, and the rhododendron forests make this place an eternal bliss. This country is brimming with natural and virgin wonders.This place is diverse in cultures and traditions, almost feels like an amalgamation of Hindu, Buddhist and Tibetan ethnicities. It’s amazing to see how the various groups live in harmony making Nepal a peaceful and historic beauty. Trekking tours in Nepal is becoming immensely popular because of the variety of trek courses it has to offer.
Communal News (CN) is a fast growing and evolving news, market research and blog website and we’re on a journey. We are an open platform for writers and news, asking that all the articles we publish to be fact based. We have just under 800 contributors publishing about 15 articles a day, so we truly have a robustly growing communal service. CN has a vastly expanding audience approaching close to 1 million visitors a year– yet we’ve only just celebrated our one year anniversary as a digital media firm. We get a lot of positive feedback on our service. For example, this week a contributing writer expressed these settlements to us:
Time keeps marching forward as the summer draws to a close, and the most wonderful time of year begins for those of us out there who are parents. That’s right, its what my daughter calls Christmas in September for mom and dad – the school year has finally begun!
All kidding aside this is an exciting time of year for parents and children alike. The kids get to see their friends that they have been missing over the summer break, and parents at home finally get a break. Sports are getting ready to start for the year, as well as a wide variety of other after school activities that are either dangerous, time consuming or a combination of the two. Every parent knows that eventually scrapes and bruises are going to happen, and you have to have your first aid kit ready to go for when your little rock star limps back to the van.
In our first article we explained why Amazon, lead by Jeff Bezos, has or soon will pass Bernie Madoff as the largest beneficiary of the biggest dollar scam in history. We also reviewed how brazen the fake review market is for companies on the Amazon platform (we have not seen any fake reviews offered on Ebay or Walmart), and we highlighted four fake review farms. If you found it shocking that fake review providers are shamelessly and publicly selling their wares through websites, advertising, Twitter and on videos– then the next 11 companies we’re going to spotlight (bringing the total to 15) should prove how widespread this scam is. Remember Amazon and our government bragged about taking down a single fake review ring in 2016 that resulted in the shutdown of three merchants.
Research scientists have long known that cures for deadly diseases can be discovered in the humblest (and least likely) of places. After all, Penicillin came from moldy bread accidentally left in a petri dish over the weekend.
But, sea snails curing cancer?
Apparently. It seems that the mucus produced by the White Rock Shell sea snail, common to the shores of Australia and New Zealand, contains chemicals found to be effective at fighting off colorectal cancer.
Hunters out in bear country are usually well armed and, if they encounter a brown, black or grizzly bear (Polar Bears are a whole other animal) there’s a good chance they’ll get away alive. But, hikers and campers are not as likely to have a weapon and even less aware of the signs that bears are around. So, what do you do if you’re unlucky enough to come across a bear that’s not more afraid of you than you are of it? Here are a few tips that might help.
Russian media continues to run pro-China propaganda and justifications for the use of force against demonstrators in Hong Kong. The unrest in the former British colony has been ongoing for the past four months. Demonstrators wearing black face masks became the new heroes and modern day revolutionaries, protesting against China’s brutal arrest and prosecution system.
Having a blog attached to your company’s website is a marketing trend nowadays. Many business owners develop a blog just because they know they should, not because they have a clear strategy behind. Unfortunately, without a marketing and content plan for your corporate blog, you will feel after a while that it’s not worth the investment. The reality is totally different and business owners should not underestimate a blog’s potential. Moreover, when you build a corporate blog, you should have in mind one simple rule: it shouldn’t be about only about your company. Then, what should a corporate blog be about? Keep reading this article and learn how to make sales through a corporate blog.
In 2018 more Americans overdosed (both accidentally and intentionally) on prescription drugs than on any other potentially addictive chemical substance – combined. This once overlooked epidemic has only increased over the last 3 years, but at least has lead to greater awareness about addictive drugs and their dangers. While this scourge continues, Americans are now learning more about the devastating effects of all addictive substances, both legal and outlawed. Here is some of what we’ve learned so far about the most addictive drugs on Earth.
The government’s media watchdog in Iraq has suspended Alhurra TV for three months. The panel accused Alhurra of bias, citing a documentary broadcast as “lacking professional credentials and credible evidence,” and ordered it be suspended for three and a half months to correct its position. The media watchdog has asked the television network to officially apologize for broadcasting the documentary.
Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan, says the US military will vacate five military bases in the first phase in the event of a peace deal with the Taliban. Khalilzad will arrive in Doha after the end of the ninth round of talks with the Taliban.
Hurricane Dorian has wreaked massive havoc in the Bahamas. Houses have been destroyed, cars dragged along and overturned, and high-voltage electric cables broken. At least 100,000 people in the Bahamas have somehow been affected by the natural disaster. It is unclear, however, whether casualties have so far been reported.
Thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong ignored the police’s warning on Saturday. Demonstrators frequently used petrol bombs. The police fired tear gas and blue water jets to disperse demonstrators for the first time, and strongly condemned the demonstrators for “violent acts.”
At least five people were killed and 21 injured when a man shot seemingly random people while driving through the West Texas cities of Odessa and Midland. The attacker had been stopped by police officers for a traffic violation. He, however, shot at them and then aimed his weapon at other motorists and passers-by.
Over the last few years, ransomware has emerged as one of the most devastating and costly attacks in the hacker arsenal. Cyber thieves are increasingly using this form of attack to target individuals, corporate entities and public sector organizations alike by holding your system or files for ransom. Unlike other forms of cyber theft that often involve stolen financial or healthcare information, ransomware cuts out the middleman. In cases where an attacker steals health or financial documents, they must sell them on to third parties to make money. As far as ransomware is concerned, the money comes directly from the victim.
Hi everyone, Drew Steig here, CEO of Pain Relief Naturally, the company that produces Numbify brand numbing products. I have spent a good portion of time over the last few months researching a phenomenon that is insanely difficult for me to wrap my head around. I attended a meeting this week where our analyst went through an excruciatingly long report detailing exactly how many of our competitors in the market place were using fake reviews. Out of the entire category of numbing products there were only 3 (including us) that we could find who were not using any fake reviews. This is a stark contrast to 4-5 years ago when we first entered the Amazon selling space, when only a few companies had fake reviews, and they were pretty skeevy so we deemed them not a huge risk.
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Any comedian worth their salt has heard the one about Joe Miller’s Joke Book. It’s an apocryphal tale, in which a stage actor named Joe Miller, a contemporary of William Shakespeare, compiled the first book of 12 jokes (then called “jests”) and it became his lasting legacy.
From ancient times, the number 12 has been considered a mark of portent and import. There are 12 months in the year, 12 signs of the Zodiac and 12 musical notes in the scale. And, let’s not forget that bagels taste better by the dozen. So, naturally, Joe Miller thought 12 jokes were all that were needed to entertain any gathering, small or large, and to leave a witty mark for posterity.
The amount of fake review consumer fraud on Amazon is massive and shocking. The truth is, no single company benefits more from this massive fraud than Amazon.com. The Jeff Bezos company doesn’t use their monopoly powers in the traditional way to create higher prices. Instead, they knowingly choose more unscrupulous ways to advance their dominate market position, but always using their size and reach to ensure other companies in the marketplace are forced to react to their leadership.
Since 2014, China has been developing a social score system for its citizens. The official system launch will take place in 2020. A negative score will result in punishment. The criteria include: wrong religion, late payment of taxes, financial loan default, political critique against the current government, smoking, loud music and even the condition of your front lawn. Consequences under the above criteria will include being banned from overseas travel, public transport, hotel stays, etc.
Most successful inventors will agree that many mistakes are made in the lab, garage or at the kitchen table before a new product comes to market. But, sometimes, those blunders end up with something even better: The Accidental Discovery. Here’s a list of some of the most famous, profitable and useful accidental discoveries of all time. Like Thomas Edison himself once said, “Success is 99% failure.” Actually, I made that up. But it sounds much better coming from him…
Last Friday, August 23, the murder of a Georgian national occurred in Germany’s Kleiner Tiergarten Park. The central district of Tiergarten is known for many public attractions, including the Berlin Zoo. The shooting took place at approximately 12 p.m. and the shots were fired at close range. Witnesses described an assailant shooting a victim twice in the head from behind before fleeing on a bicycle.
Mark Twain was enjoying a hearty breakfast one morning and, while perusing his local newspaper, he turned to his favorite section: The obituary column. Imagine his surprise when he saw his own name and found out he was dead. It was a misprint, of course. But it did evince one of his most memorable quotes: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”
Brexit is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, after the referendum held on 23 June 2016. The HBO documentary Brexit depicts the behind the scenes experience of the referendum. The UK is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of governance that is based off of the Westminster system. Executive power rests in the hands of Her Majesty’s Government, the prime minister and the cabinet who are all members of the Privy Council. Legislative power is held within the bicameral parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the former being elected and the later appointed.
The 45th G7 (Group of Seven) Summit is being held from August 24–26, 2019, in Biarritz, France. The Group of Seven consists of the US, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. France has identified the following main objectives for the 2019 Summit:
For some reason, the inevitable eruption of the Yellowstone Super Volcano is in the news again. Such a catastrophe would be devastating to the US, of course, and would probably affect the whole world over the days, weeks and months to follow. Still, the chances of it occurring within the next 10,000 years is about a million to one. But, what if it happens sooner? With our luck, it would probably be on a Friday. Right around quitting time. On payday. Just before “Ladies Only” happy hour. Now, THAT would be a catastrophe…
What If The Yellowstone Super Volcano Blows?:
In 399 BC Socrates, a Greek philosopher spoke these words” The unexamined life is not worth living.” These words are just as true today as they were those many centuries ago.
Why was it so difficult then and still is so hard today to look at our lives and our world with a critical eye? It is difficult because what we find when we examine things too closely is that much that is happening to us is not perhaps what we had hoped our lives would be and when we acknowledge that truth, we must then make an effort to either accept and adjust to harsh realities or to begin to make possible changes—
We all know people who eat like horses yet are as skinny as rakes, while others seem to pile on the pounds just thinking about food. At the heart of the difference is metabolism, the sum of the chemical reactions occurring in the body at any given time. Clearly there is more to it than a simple balance between calories eaten and calories burned through exercise. Regardless of whether your metabolism is fast or slow, our bodies are designed to store excess energy in fat cells. So if you eat and drink more calories (energy “intake”) than your body expends (energy “output”) you will gain weight. On the other hand, if you eat and drink fewer calories than are burned through everyday activities (including exercise, rest and sleep), you will lose weight.
The Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio, Durig Capital’s newest exciting investment solution is now open for investment. This portfolio strategy targets the “cream of the crop” among a diversity of blue-chip companies listed on the S&P 500, seeking the companies with only the highest yields and have a stable history of increasing dividends.
Income Growth Over Time
Believe it or not, web surfers have actually turned to Google to ask if certain movies are real or not. It’s not unusual that some naive (or clueless) movie goers were convinced that what they saw on the screen were either “lost scenes” or illegally produced footage of real crimes, up to and including murder. But, we are usually let in on the joke. Here are a bunch of movies in which their creators intentionally fooled the audience into thinking the action was real – and it worked.
Orson Welles himself would be proud…
In 21st century, many of us are suffering from psycho-somatic diseases. This is because of cut throat competition, very high intense responsibility and time bound target to achieve the goal. Different yogic concepts including Pranayama and Meditation helps to minimize or eliminate the day to day tension generated while achieving the goal.
The UN in its mission defined health as moral, physical, mental and spiritual well-being of an individual. Holistic health (Purn Swasth) is obtained when four stages of physical and mental upliftment are harmoniously balanced. With the help of these 3 means (breath through left & right hole of the nostril & breath rate per minute), we can understand body, mind & prana (utilizing them as diagnostic tools).