Breakthrough Research: Sestrins Can Supplement Exercise and Deliver Results

A new study has been published claiming that Sestrins are evolutionarily conserved mediators of exercise benefits. It could be possible to enjoy the benefits of exercise without actually doing it. However, exercise is important for cardiovascular health and even from a psychological prospective.

A lot of times people get injured during exercise, or due to aging, many types of sports activities become not possible. The researchers from Michigan university believe it may be possible to achieve the benefits of exercise without doing so. Is it far fetched? No, according to the researchers, while studying sestrins. The Sestrins constitute a family of evolutionarily-conserved stress-inducible proteins that suppress oxidative stress and regulate adenosine monophosphate-dependent protein kinase (AMPK)-mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling.

US, Iran and the Geopolitical Future of the Middle East

2020 started with mass casualties of innocent lives. Iran shot down a Boeing airplane operated by Ukrainian airlines, resulting in the loss of human lives.  The attack happened after the US successfully executed (via drone strike) Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq. It is plausible to believe Iran was trying to murder the Iranian-Canadians on the plane, considering them traitors for leaving the regime.

Income Aristocrats: Higher Income, Less Sleepless Nights

Following the success of it’s Dogs of the Dow and Dogs of the S&P 500 Portfolios, we now take an in-depth look at the latest addition to our portfolio of investment solutions, the Income Aristocrats Portfolio. A remarkably well diversified portfolio, the income aristocrats effortlessly blends three different portfolio strategies (Fixed Income 2, Dogs of the S&P 500, and the Dividend Aristocrats) into an excellent vehicle for generating cash flow.

What Will Happen to the START Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty? If Russia and US Do Not Find Compromise, Will the Cold War Return with a Vengeance?

On February 5, 2021, the treaty between the US and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms will expire. The agreement was last updated in 2010. The formal name of the treaty is START and it is a nuclear arms reduction treaty. According to the  terms of the START treaty, each side will reduce its strategic offensive arms while the total quantities do not exceed 700 units deployed.

New Proposal to Use Existing Underwater Fiber Optic Cables as Seismographs – Will it Aid in Predicting Natural Disasters?

New research “Illuminating Earth’s fault” by the University of California at Berkley proposes the use of existing underwater submarine fiber optic cables as seismographs. With the new network we will get a complete picture of the tectonic activity of our planet. A seismometer is an instrument that responds to ground motions, such as caused by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and explosions. Seismometers are usually combined with a timing device and a recording device to form a seismograph.

Will Putin Severe Ties with China for Stealing Space and Nuclear Weapons Technologies?

China has been actively involved in espionage against Russia after the collapse of the  Soviet Union in 1991. In the last century, China has not been known for many inventions in the space field, but instead as been a successful copycat. The route to copying patented and classified inventions leads to espionage. The facts prove themselves. Even though China has the highest numbers of STEM grads under President’s Xi politics, still China is not a leader in the field. Also, Chinese education focuses on being a great follower, but not a leader, since the communist model does not allow room for individualistic views.

Bombshell – Japan has Enough Raw Materials to Built 6,000 Bombs – China Worried

Chinese internet giant Sohu published information pertaining to Japan’s nuclear capabilities. Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ: SOHU) is China’s premier online brand and indispensable to the daily life of millions of Chinese, providing a network of web properties. All Chinese media is controlled by the Chinese government. According to the publication, Japan has enough nuclear fuel to make over 6,000 nuclear bombs. The amount is enough to destroy a whole nation.

Hong Kong Democracy Legislation – What is Next for China with Russia’s Backing?

US and China tensions continue to escalate. President Donald Trump signed Hong Kong democracy legislation, which clearly angered China. The US never truly had any dealings with Hong Kong. Historically, Hong Kong was involved in the First Opium War in the mid 1800s. In 1841 Britain entered the island of Hong Kong and made it its military staging location. The island of Hong Kong became a British Colony.

NATO Coordination Center to Open in Bulgaria – Why Bulgaria Needs Protection from Putin

Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov, after discussions with US President Donald Trump, announced Bulgaria readiness to have NATO use its Black Sea port for naval coordination efforts amid growing fears of Putin’s military appetite and Russia’s growing rift with the West. According to Borisov, the military  exercises in the Black Sea are much needed and the more the merrier because they have a preventative  effect.

Dogs of the Dow Do it Again

This review explores the performance of the Dogs of the Dow Portfolio, with nearly 4% in dividend income alone, and considers the many merits of blue chip dividend stocks such as those held in the portfolio.

Performance Highlights

  • Year-to-Date Return of 13.03%
  • Trailing 1 Year Return of 10.31%
  • Annualized Return Since Inception of 14.03%
  • Average Dividend Yield of 3.98%
  • Alpha of 4.47 (vs. Benchmark*)
  • Beta of 0.75 (vs. Benchmark*)

Putin Announces New Russian Defense and Weapons Strategy for 2020 – Does it Mean Nuclear Weapons Cold War Race is On Again?

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a new defense and weapons strategy will be introduced in 2020, which expected to be in force until 2033. It is expected to contain expanded military spending and a new generation of weapon systems. One of the main areas of focus is space and artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

Russia Debutes New Countermeasure Complex for Use Against Drones

Rostec showcased their new countermeasure complex for unmanned aerial vehicles– “Rubez-Avtomatka” prototype (translation: Frontier-Automation)– at the 2019 Dubai Airshow this week. The airshow is a biennial show held in the United Arab Emirates under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The airshow started in 1986. Rostec is a State Corporation for Assistance to Development, Production and Export of Advanced Technology Industrial Product. It is a Russian state-owned holding conglomerate headquartered in Moscow that specializes in consolidating strategically important companies, mainly in the defense and high-tech industries.

Russian Spy Ship Disappearance from US Radar – Is Russia Planning Global Blackout?

Russia’s spy ship Yantar disappeared from radars near North American shores, after being spotted on November 8. Yantar is a special purpose intelligence collection ship built for the Russian Navy under the pretense of research. The ship has been operated by the Russian Navy’s Main Directorate of Underwater Research since 2015 and is reportedly a spy ship. The ship has a length of 108 metres (354 ft) and a full displacement of 5,736 tons. It’s home base is Severomorsk, where it is attached to the Northern Fleet.

Russia Declassifies R-5 Rocket Documents as Putin Creates New Nuclear Capable Weapons

Rosatom declassified documents pertaining to the highly secretive Russian rocket R-5.  Rosatom is a Russian state corporation headquartered in Moscow that specializes in nuclear energy. The rocket R-5 is the predecessor of the Russian Calibr. The R-5 was originally a development of OKB-1 as a single-stage missile with a detachable warhead reentry vehicle. The R-5M was a nuclear armed missile– the first nuclear missile to be deployed by the Soviet Union– with greater payload and weight but better reliability than its predecessor.

New NASA Report on Travel to Space Station – What is the Future?

On November 14, the NASA Inspector General Office of Audits published a report entitled NASA’s Management of Crew Transportation to the International Space Station. The audit data was collected from February 2019 to November 2019 as per the audit standards. One of the main goals of the audit is to compare the piloted programs by Boeing, Space X and Soyuz.

Bang! Russia Announces New Tokamak Prototype Near Completion – Part of Largest World Fusion Experiment

Russia just announced near completion of its own new tokamak prototype. Russia is one of the nations involved in the ITER experiment, the world’s largest fusion experiment. Each nation involved in the project has to have its own tokamak. The tokamak is one of several types of magnetic confinement devices being developed to produce controlled thermonuclear fusion power.

Why is Russia Planning to Send 82 Tonnes of Nuclear Material to China?

Russia is planning to send 82 tonnes of monazite from the Ural region to China. The proposal was discussed on November 6. Monazite is a reddish-brown phosphate mineral containing rare-earth metals. It occurs usually in small, isolated crystals. Since the start of atomic projects in the Soviet Union in the 1930s, Siberia has been one of the regions where monazite in the river sands was extracted for its Thorium, a naturally-occurring, slightly radioactive metal discovered in 1828 by the Swedish chemist Jons Jakob Berzelius, who named it after Thor, the Norse god of thunder.

The Future of Nuclear Space Reactors and Missions

There is a global interest in space travel and the question experts are discussing is “what type of fuel should the space reactors run on?” Commercial projects, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, desire the conquering of other planets and even creating space colonies on the moon. Last year, SpaceX announced fashion innovator and Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the first private passenger to fly around the Moon in 2023.

Global Space Economy and Russian Corruption

Roskosmos and Russian space programs have been experiencing certain difficulties for some time. The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities is a state corporation responsible for the wide range and types of space flights and cosmonautics programs for the Russian Federation. Russia is unfortunately known for corruption and theft.

Recently, construction of the new Vostochny Cosmodrome resulted in the theft of 11 billion roubles ($171.3 million). This was confirmed by Russian press secretary Dmitriy Peskov, a Russian diplomat, translator and Turkologist. Since 2012, Peskov has been the Press Secretary for the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

Rush is on to Get Pseudo Satellites into Space

Japanese company HAPSMobile successfully completed the second HAWK30 Solar HAPS test flight on October 23 from a NASA facility. The first flight was in the September. HAPSMobile plans to move the HAWK30 to the Hawaiian island of Lanai and is accelerating preparations to perform stratospheric test flights there by March 31, 2020 per their press release.

HAPSMobile is a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) and minority-owned by AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), who is also an aircraft development partner for “HAWK30,” a solar-powered unmanned aircraft designed for stratospheric telecommunications platform systems that flies approximately 20kms into the stratosphere. The wing span of the HAWK30 is 78 meters.

Albertsons Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 8% YTM

This week, Durig takes another look at the number two grocer in the United States. Albertsons has made a significant turnaround in the past few years after its purchase of Safeway stores in early 2015. With its most recent quarterly results, the company has now logged seven consecutive quarters of identical store sales growth. In addition, the company’s online grocery sales grew by 40% year-over-year, a massive win for this traditional brick and mortar retailer. (Other results from its Q2 results, see bullets above)

Iran’s Nuclear Program is Reaching Dangerous Levels – Will Resolution Be Brokered Before it’s Too Late?

Iran’s first Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri Kouhshahi attended an annual meeting organized by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). An 18th meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of Member States of the SCO was held Saturday in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. The SCO, or Shanghai Pact, is a Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance, the creation of which was announced on June 15, 2001 in Shanghai. Iran is not an official member of the SCO but very interested in joining. He was observed having great interest in reciprocal agreements with Uzbekistan.

Law, Privacy and Genome Human Rights Failure in Russia – Putin’s Fascination with Hitler’s Eugenics Project

The Human Genome Organization (HUGO) and the European Union developed genetic information privacy regulations to protect the public. A majority of experts have agreed for the need for genetic information privacy. In 2014 the HUGO Committee on Ethics, Law and Society (CELS) presented a human rights approach to an international code of conduct for genomic and clinical data sharing. The code of conduct is supposed to prevent human rights violations during the research of genomes, allowing enough protection to allow scientific research in the genome field.

Is German Nuclear Waste Contributing to Putin’s Dangerous Military Power?

German news outlet zdf.de published an article pertaining to nuclear waste going to Russia. The European subsidiary of URENCO signed a contract with Rosatom to export nuclear waste to Russia. URENCO group is a nuclear fuel company operating several uranium enrichment plants in Germany, the Netherlands, United States, and the United Kingdom.

Income and Growth Strategies That Are Working in Today’s Market

In this special review, Durig benchmarks the performance of its three unique blue chip equity portfolios, the Dogs of the Dow, Dogs of the S&P 500, and the Dividend Aristocrats, all of which are designed to capture high quality blue chip dividends of some of the most reputable companies on wall street.

With interest rates continuing to fall and attractive yields becoming increasingly difficult to find, many investors are turning away from conventional fixed income investments such as US Treasuries.

Are There Any Geopolitical Winners in Libya Since Gaddafi’s Death 8 Years Ago?

Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi was murdered 8 years ago. Gaddafi, commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi, was a Libyan revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. Shortly after his death, it was announced that the war in Libya was over. In reality, the war mutated into a new trajectory. Even the worst pessimists could not have predicted the ramifications. Former US President Barack Obama scarcely admitted it was a mistake.

Is Canada Following Britain with WEXIT?

This week Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudueau has been re-elected for a second term. Trudeau is the leader of the Liberal Party which was only able to form a minority government this term. Trudeau is disliked in Western Canada. After the election the new movement #Wexit (Western Exit) is gaining popularity on social media. Within 24 hours a Facebook page for VoteWexit.com gained over 200,000 members.

Russian First Reusable Rocket Launch Set for 2020

Russia is developing a reusable rocket that is expected to be a competitor to the American made Falcon 9 rocket, a two-stage-to-orbit medium lift launch vehicle. The Falcon 9 is designed and manufactured by SpaceX, a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs to enable the colonization of Mars. It is powered by Merlin engines, also developed by SpaceX, burning liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene propellants. Falcon-9 is also the first ever reusable rocket.

Russian Scientists Created Glow in the Dark Tobacco Without Using Any Chemicals – New Addictive Product Perhaps?

Russian scientists and Planta LLC created the first glow in the dark tobacco without using any chemicals or radiation. Planta LLC, currently operating in Moscow, states it specializes in the glow in the dark plants and has been in business since 2017. The plants were grown without the use of ultraviolet rays. The cultivated tobacco, Nicotiana tabacum, was infused with four ferments from the biosynthesis of the bioluminescent fungi genes.

Does Ukraine Have its Own Assange? Perhaps Russian Meddling?

On October 9, 2019, the Interfax-Ukraine conference center held a press conference for journalists. The Interfax-Ukraine News Agency is a Kiev-based Ukrainian news agency founded in 1992. The company belongs to the Russian news group Interfax Information Services. The press conference allowed for the release of supposed facts pertaining to the US embassy influence on the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies meddling in the US democratic elections process.

Chesapeake Energy Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 9.5% YTM

This week, Durig looks at an energy company that is making the transition from its historical focus on natural gas to be more focused on oil production. Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) has been making strides this year to transition towards a more oil focused production portfolio. Chesapeake has already increased oil in its production portfolio from 17% in 2018, to 24% as of the end of the second quarter.  The company estimates it will exit 2019 with oil representing 26% of its production. Oil is a higher margin product, so Chesapeake is already seeing the fruit of its decision (see bullet points above).

Hydrogen Infrastructure Market Domination: China is the Elephant in the Room

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering announced on October 14th their intend to form the Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition to raise awareness of the potential for hydrogen and fuel cells to provide energy resilience and security, reduce emissions and foster economic growth.

Turkish Offensive Analysis in Syria

Russian military officials are voicing concerns over the humanitarian crisis in Syria due to Turkish involvement. Turkey started an operation against the Kurds on October 9, 2019 under the guise of “counterterrorism.” The Kurdish population of Syria is that country’s largest ethnic minority, comprising between 7% and 10% of the population.  Kurds are one of the indigenous peoples of the Mesopotamian plains and the highlands in what is now south-eastern Turkey, north-eastern Syria, northern Iraq, north-western Iran and south-western Armenia.

Operation Bernhart – Is Cryptocurrency an Evolved Version for Intelligence Services?

In 1939, Operation Bernhard was a Nazi Germany project to forge British banknotes, counterfeit currencies. Originally, the project was dubbed “Andreas”. A the time the British pound was the reserve currency and was used as a main international payment method.

Nazi Germany needed forged currency to purchase raw materials for their defense industries. Counterfeiting currency was designed to solve German financial issues during World War II and also destabilize the economies of the nations they dubbed as enemies. Additionally, financing of espionage requires the use of foreign currencies. The challenge for the Nazis was to reproduce an identical paper for the banknotes and the watermark matrix. At the time, the task was given to professional counterfeiters, who were serving prison sentences. The process took close to 7 months.

USA Travel Planning for Australian Travellers

The United States of America is the land of many travel opportunity for Australian visitors, from the bright lights of New York City to the movie utopia of Hollywood and the awe of the Grand Canyon.

However you choose to get to know the United States of America, one thing is for sure: this won’t be just another quiet, relaxing vacation. It will be colossal, unforgettable and exciting. So, to help you get started with planning your trip, here are several aspects to bear in mind.

Dogs of the Dow: Find Blue Chip Peace of Mind with Over 4% Income

A monthly performance review of Durig’s Dogs of the Dow Portfolio that explores several benefits that income producing investments such the Dogs of the Dow can help to provide.

Performance Highlights

  • Lifetime Return of 12.87% (annualized)
  • Year-to-Date Return of 8.30%
  • Alpha of 4.89 (vs benchmark)*
  • Beta of 0.77 (vs benchmark)*
  • Average Current Yield of 4.18%

Russia to Begin Testing Onyx-M Missiles – Can Hit London in 14 Minutes

Russia announced the testing phase of Onyx-M missiles will begin in October, 2019. The Onyx-M has the capability of engaging targets with a high-low trajectory of 497 miles (800 km). The missile was originally designed to be deployed for ship targets and has the capability to be used against ground targets. Previously Onyx-M had a capability of engaging targets with a high-low trajectory up to 186 miles (300 km).

Russia Announces Electrode Less Plasma Rocket Engine Project

Russia announced their intention to create an electrode-less plasma rocket engine prototype. The engine will be made by the Russian Kurchatov Institute with a target completion date of 2021. The Kurchatov Institute is one of the leading entities in the field of nuclear energy research and development. It is named after Igor Kurchatov, who was widely known as the director of the Soviet atomic bomb project and one of the top nuclear physicists. Kurchatov is known as the “father of the Soviet atomic bomb” and later, “the father of the Soviet Nuclear Missile.

Has China Reached Dangerous Levels of Pro-Russian Propaganda Against the US?

China continues its anti-US propaganda using media, including the topic of the possibility of a US-Russia war and a blatant overstatement of Russian defense arsenal superiority in comparison to the US. In an article posted on SOHU (one of the largest internet companies in China) they claim Russia can overpower the US in the defense sector and that Russia is the only country globally who can successfully rebuff the US.

Luxury Cigar Market in US: Data and a Premium Cigar Review

The year was 1492 when Christopher Columbus not only discovered a New World but a pleasurable new enjoyment that is delighting connoisseurs throughout the entire world to this day: premium tobacco. From this plant came the cigar, which spread in popularity throughout the world, attracting presidents, kings, generals, gentlemen, and even women. It is estimated that in the last century almost 80% of men in the US were cigar smokers, 20% smoking luxurious brands paired with premium drinks.

America, Iran Resume Geopolitical Joust over Adrian Darya 1

Almost two weeks after the Iranian oil tanker, Grace 1, was released from Gibraltar, the huge ship has yet to dock. It is still sailing around in the Mediterranean Sea waters, without a clear final destination. The USA nonetheless insists that it is convinced that the ship’s final destination is none other than Syria. Seemingly, Iran is keen on selling the oil on board, but the US is trying to prevent that. The ship is part of escalating geopolitical jousting between Tehran and Washington.

Has Ukraine Turned into Europe’s Afghanistan?

A new Ukrainian media campaign could be a provocation to the United States. Last week a documentary aired on Ukrainian TV Channel News One with an agenda to discredit US efforts at democracy in Ukraine.

The scenario resembles Afghanistan and recent statements by the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai who claimed the US is trying to meddle in the upcoming September 28, 2019 presidential elections there. The former Afghan president is insinuating that Afghan citizens have no influence over who the US installs into the executive office.