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The news comes after the deaths of more than 100 Chinese people in the four weeks since the virus began spreading and five Chinese officials were convicted on corruption charges. While the Chinese government and public officials have all been clear that they are working on a plan to contain and contain this outbreak, there were no assurances that that would be a short-term solution. Earlier I addressed the difficulty of securing the long-term control of the human populations in China in greater detail. This is also a concern as the region is highly connected by roads, railways, and other transportation options and potentially has an impact on the US by way of regional commerce and economic expansion.

The US has to move beyond its “get used to it” attitude and must be willing to engage in a serious, realistic, multi-pronged attack on China’s military and intelligence forces in order to secure the region. This effort must be made while we still have the US as our top ally and the region is still a strategic asset to us. There should be no illusions about China’s military superiority.

As a general rule, we need to maintain a balance between a “get used to it” attitude from our allies and a “go for broke” attitude from our enemies. We have to look forward and make plans for when we do “break” the Chinese. It can only be a one-way street and unless Russia (or Iran) are compelled to act in the region in a significant way to take away this advantage, the US can claim that it is the victim of this loss.

Given that we are currently engaged in a direct war with ISIS. It is clear that ISIS is primarily an Al-Qaeda related group, something which did not stop the Bush administration from trying to get them (as noted ) onto our own “watch list” (just as they later tried to get US-aligned “Islamic extremists” onto “watch list” of US and other allied interests). Indeed, at no point during the Bush administration was any attempt made to bring ISIS to heel or to do anything to end their killing fields.

Is anyone really surprised that Russia would take a tough stand against this group and that China has now taken a leadership role in stopping the spread and control of this virus? Certainly nobody is surprised that ISIS is a serious threat. We know that the US and their allies have killed over 60,000 civilians so far in Iraq. This is no mere “losing battle” as they tell us. Rather this is a war being waged on a global scale. ISIS is a huge threat, of course they are. But what is shocking is the willingness of this group to go after them, what they are willing to do to take them off our “watch list” of interests.

I know there are those who will look at this and say, “Well, this is what happens when you take an Al-Qaeda group on your watch list.” Those people are either missing the big picture, or they don’t understand that this situation is actually an expansion of Al-Qaeda to such a degree that it is now targeting China as well.

Russia is not going to be the answer to solve all of the current problems in the region. But at the same time, it has the opportunity to do major harm to some of the things the West has done when we allow our leaders to get complacent about their military advantage. The US can’t expect to be able to sit back as world leaders do all the thinking and allowing the US to move toward a “worse without having a better” strategy.

As I have noted elsewhere : There will be those who will accuse me of using a “China-centered” argument against Russia. Yes I am. However you can’t take the position that Russia is the only threat to us and then not attack. That is like taking the position that Iraq was the whole problem, when Saddam was killing American soldiers and we were attacking others in his home turf. The US should have been prepared for Russia to make this move, and Russia has done exactly as I have outlined. In fact Russia and China are having conversations right now to discuss how we can get this global conflict back to regional peace and stability. We can’t let this scenario play out in space as the US pretends it has no role within the global fight against terror. We need to do the hard work right now to work with a Russia that is willing to work with us in order to win the war on terrorism.

The “G.I. Googles” has a GPS tracking device with a microphone on the top of the robot that tells it where its owner is and how long he has been there. This sensor is constantly monitoring its surroundings so that the robot can be located quickly and easily if it spots “dangerous” products. It has a wide variety of features to help it better detect dangerous products and can also detect expired products. The G.I. Googles can detect and alert the store staff whenever a customer has been inside for 5 minutes or more and it will notify the stores manager if they need to be contacted.

The G.I. Googles are equipped with a microphone that alerts them to a customer’s location, allowing them to be summoned to the store for an inspection. The G.I. Googles are currently being trained in the 60,000 stores that exist within 80 million homes with stores throughout the United States. To date there have been 13 different incidents where the G.I. Googles responded successfully in the event that there was suspicious activity. The robot also has a built-in battery to provide power back-up should there be an emergency.

The G.I. Googles can detect a customer’s identity and location if required. When the G.I. Googles identify items that it senses to be potentially hazardous, the robot can send a warning message to the store manager in the event that a dangerous item is found. The G.I. Googles can also assist with customers attempting to re-locate items that have been misplaced or misplaced items that have been misplaced. The store manager will need to locate and verify that an item is no longer needed to ensure that it cannot be disposed of. It also ensures that customers have access to all of the information related to the item, making it possible for the store manager to provide a customized service to the customer. The G.I. Googles will notify the store manager, in an encrypted, encrypted form, of where the incident occurred to ensure a timely response and reduce costs to the store.

The first “G.I. Googles” deployment took place at 50 stores including Wal-Mart on March 20th. The first incident was when staff from two Stop and Shop stores in the Atlanta area discovered a package from Home Depot containing a product from Walmart containing the toxic chemical dioxin which is very unsafe and should not have been in contact with people for years with the soil or water. The G.I. Googles stopped the shipment and notified the store managers and their employees to notify everyone of what had happened. For the second incident, a customer in Wisconsin made two unsuccessful attempts to locate an “unattended item” in her back seat which they were unable to track down. Before the employees called for backup, a G.I. Googles arrived at the store to check, and upon arrival saw the customer still trying to retrieve it. Immediately upon finding the package in the back seat, the G.I. Googles alerted the employees about the problem. The G.I. Googles did not discover the package in the vehicle as it had been moved. Upon inspection, it was determined to be in a closed space, and it was confirmed that the package had been left under the seat of the passenger seat and had not been touched. Once the customers were notified of the incident, they were released from the vehicle and were allowed to return it to their vehicle without having to call 911.

To test the effectiveness of the robots, Stop and Shop locations will be randomly selected to test their capabilities in five different locations to determine which locations have the most success. At locations where the robots were deployed, the store manager was able to monitor all employees within the store who had been called to the area. This prevented customers from being inappropriately questioned about the incident and the lack of response from staff. The G.I. Googles were able to detect people in the store and immediately inform them of problems or suspicious activity and advise them on how to respond. The G.I. Googles allowed the store manager to track all customers at the location and the store manager was told where the customer had been to ensure that they had been addressed appropriately. In another example, customers in California received a call to collect their shopping bags from an out of state store which their bags had not been delivered to. A G.I. Googles robot was sent to the store to monitor the area for potential problems. The G.I. Googles arrived and monitored the area and a customer went to collect their bags which were placed in the back seat and never actually arrived. The customer is aware that it came over a few minutes later than required and was told to re-pack their bags.

First, it will all be for-profit. Dick’s’ parent company, Dick’s Sporting Goods, will become a wholly private enterprise. Second, the burgers will all be sold only on site. Unlike most of us, Dick’s executives and employees will spend the rest of their days at Dick’s Drive-In doing other things. Third, there will be a free burger to throw away on your birthday, for everyone who has ever visited the drive-in in the past 36 years. You can throw away your discount cards, or even buy one for just one.

Fourth, the day will actually be the 64th for the Dick’s Diner, a fact that won’t go unnoticed by those who work with us and have known Dick’s since the 1950s. “For a lot of us, we were probably born a few years after the movie came out, but it feels like we’re having this for the first time,” says Bill “Buzz” Scullin, who’s been with the Dick’s for more than four decades now. “When you’re a regular, a few memories of those days can linger and make you feel like this is the place where a lot of kids your age were on the football team, and it’s like this has been your little secret for the last 40 years.”

Fifth, if you’re not a regular, there’s no reason to get hungry. The drive-in will open on a three-day schedule from tonight for lunch on Monday and Tuesdays from 5-6 pm, and from 7-8 pm for the all-day drive-in on Friday and Sunday. Since so many of our visitors arrive by late afternoon, these menu options will also be offered the day of. Last but hardly least, Dick’s is offering a one-day $25 discount off of all of their restaurant admission charges. The special offer is good through July 15, which is the day of the annual annual Dick’s Day parade in Lakewood, in which they parade everyone through town and have their burgers and pies fried. This year, the Dick’s Diner will also provide free ice cream and free soft pretzels. If you’re not one of those folks who would like to sit and see the parade and maybe buy a cheeseburger of some sort, be prepared to wait an hour in line. You can even get in for free if you pre-order your food beforehand. “If you’re like a few hundred people who have been coming for a long time, you can maybe get it right then, or something and then have more people to make sure things stay on time,” says Scullin. “But if you don’t like to stand in line, or if you’re just doing it for the photo line, that’s a free burgerjust sit down for the picture and free fries!”

At the same time, food will also be cheap. The restaurant will continue to offer one meal pass on the Sunday, regardless of how long it takes to go to the parade. “Sunday’s been where we’ve been most efficient for about 30 years, or even longer, so we’ll start to expand on that on Monday,” says Scullin. “Now we’re giving away the pass, but what’s really, really important is that you’ve been a longtime fan because you get free ice cream every Monday, so the next Saturday will be free ice cream!”

Finally, there will be an opportunity for visitors to meet the new owners and to enjoy a quick tour of the historic Dick’s. “There’ll be a big party at 1 PM on the sidewalk on Main Street during Dick’s Diner’s celebration on Monday,” says Shari Lewis, Senior Field Operations Manager for Dick’s. “If you’re an old or returning fan, take a moment to say goodbye to the Dick’s for the evening just the way you remember it. You can go see the parade and enjoy the festivities, or you can hang out in Dick’s Diner’s lounge and celebrate.”

That’s it. That’s the new Dick’s. We had to ask Dick’s’ manager Buzz Scullin if there will be a second drive-in. “There are plans to have a new drive-in here sometime in the future,” he says wryly. “It’ll just be two locations. Once we come back from the holiday, it will be business as usual.” How’s that for free publicity?

The cartridges, which police say were also being sold illegally in Sacramento, appeared to contain high amounts of the drug-laced nicotine liquid that was widely outlawed by California’s Legislature.

One of these cartridges was tested on Monday by the state Dept. of Public Health and was found to contain sodium aluminum phosphate in excess of the 1 milligram allowable, according to The Sacramento Bee . According to the report, the state health department said it was unable to establish an officially certified level for the substance and would not recommend consumers consume it .

“We need to make sure we’re keeping tabs on what is legal and what is not – and what does it do to people,” said Dana Rohrbaugh, a spokesman for the CHP. “We want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to prevent people from having their lives at risk like they did.”

Officials said two suspected cannabis shop owners or employees were arrested on Nov. 1 following a raid on two shops in the San Fernando Valley. Officials were looking for 29 people, some of whom were at the shop while being stoned , according to CBS San Francisco . Police said one man and two women had overdosed in the same incident.

State officials say they’re also conducting tests to determine if chemicals found in several of the seized cartridges have been detected in vape cartridges and potentially be used to make illicit marijuana.

“We’ve been testing the products and the products are safe,” Rohrbaugh said. “We don’t yet know of any other products that we’ve detected.”

Cannabis shops, while operating legally under state laws, are illegal under federal law. Authorities say they are investigating whether the shop patrons could have gotten the illegal ingredient through the mail or smuggled it in from outside of the state.

Then Chief Creative Officer Michael Hulme met with a business associate (who is still a member of the company) with whom the CCO was previously acquainted. Again…this was not for approval, but for a business “talk”…and even if Michael Hulme was not an active employee at that time, he certainly knew the people who were…and who had the connections…for the CCO to be in contact with them…. and who can blame them for seeking connections? Again, they were just naive.

Now the company’s future was seriously threatened by the fact that Hulme would not show up for the planned grand opening date with his “prominent” associates. And, in addition to the fact that those associates would need the company to be financially stable to be able to go ahead, no other company would want them as a business partner. And, after this meeting, Hulme did nothing for over two weeks until being forced to apologize by the company president. He apologized. And then he proceeded to say (at an event of a Fortune 500 company) that the reason why he had a second chance at the job was that the CCO really wanted to work with him. The company did not say what they believed to be the truth, but the fact remains that Michael Hulme was forced to resign and, after trying to re-organize the organization through the following weeks and months, the company itself ended up being bought out by another company. But I guess we have a culture that “looks for trouble”. So, we see an organization that’s going through a real crisis. The culture is looking for a few problems, and they then try to make other people who should know better pay attention to problems that have been caused by a handful of individuals who have really done nothing. But, at the end of the day, they had the biggest problem of all. Their reputation. And that is pretty much what it feels like from those who haven’t been part of the organization long. The whole purpose of a company is to make money. And it is a way to raise money if you want to. And, once the money is there, it has to be done the right way. It is the key to your business, and you do not mess that up. The irony is that the leadership of the company really seemed to think that it was doing nothing wrong. They didn’t call it a culture. They didn’t think it was a problem. They didn’t think it was a problem. They simply said that it couldn’t possibly be a problem… and that they simply wanted to find a way to save the reputation of the company, and avoid that big meeting. They did not think that their inability to keep the employees happy was actually a problem. In fact, when asked (once again) what they did wrong, the leadership said, I can’t really say….we all do our best….it’s hard to say… but we do our best. And, at the end of the day, they tried an even harder thing, and it was simply for show…in an attempt to save their reputation. Now, a company can do a lot of things to salvage a reputation. They can go on a public shaming campaign, or to tell each additional person who is unhappy…that they are not welcome. But, again, is that the kind of organization the company is designed to be? From that perspective, we see a culture that is looking for problems. But, in so doing, they simply take the worst thing in what they have, and make it worse. A bad reputation, not so much the problem.

It really isn’t the company’s fault. They tried everything they could think of…. to make things right (but by their own admission, that is just a small part of what they did) They tried to make it up to the employees. They tried to assure them that they would return their contracts. They even tried to convince them that their employees love the company, and that it was not their fault that they are unhappy. To some extent, those things were also true. However, they said these things so as to make it seem that somehow the work of the people who were supposed to be doing their jobs was somehow their fault. They used the same reasoning to give contracts to all the same people over and over again.

That is the point that I have made from the beginning of this article. The company that I was in when I left is now gone. I will not be part of it. I don’t think many, if any, of us will feel the same way. So, how can we really do it with this culture?

The drop in Asia shares continued to put pressure on emerging markets as well–and as the day progressed, the worst stocks went flat and the S&P 500 fell 5,000 (just under )

And today we will be hearing about the US GDPand the US stock market and we will be hearing from someother world leadersregarding the state of global economy and how they think the US economy will respond to the Fed meeting today. So, there we have it. The US and the world’s economy is still very weak and it seems, with another month of bad news and the Fed meeting comes along and the Dow hits 21,000 or something or the Nasdaq reaches 5,000 again.

It looks like we are going to continue to be in a low price action for a long time. The real question is how long it is going to be–whether there is a massive short squeeze or, conversely, how long the Fed is going to be keeping its foot on the accelerator. We will be hearing from a few other leaders this week about the state of the world economy and how the Fed might respond to their calls to hike interest rates. But, so far at least, the responses from the Fed have been very subdued–they were surprised by the weakness and, again, they believe the economy will not do anything too terribly different than it always does. So, as we go forward in the month, we could probably have a slow recovery but we could also see a real recovery–and it would be a nice kind of recovery. And that recovery could be the kind that the stock market gets up to it’s all-time record high, which I think would be the case given this kind of near-zero interest rates policy that the central bank has been pushing–but could also be the market getting a much bigger rebound. Here are some charts from Bloomberg (the stock market is down 6.2% in the year – see bottom of article). I’m going to leave it to you to draw your own conclusions but it does provide some interesting perspectives.

Meanwhile I’ve just come back from a trip down to Mexico, meeting with the Fed, and the Mexican stock market is up 8.7% since the beginning of the year, and they are holding a massive rally, which makes me think they have got the economy moving in the wrong direction.

So, keep on keeping on folks. This is something that really does cause concern for markets. As I say at the top of this article, the stock market is right now–and so are things like government spending and exports. No one can do anything else. And, you know, there are going to be many more lows to come. Which means that the Fed is going to have to keep the pace of changes at a very slow rate–or else the economy will just keep falling and the market will never recover.

– By Andy Lih

The Hang Seng shares index .HKL, the industry’s benchmark, slid 0.15pc to HK$6.77, its lowest close or close in 11 sessions. That was its lowest since Sept. 30. Meanwhile, the Shenzhen Composite index was down 0.3pc at 21,935.

The broader Shanghai index was higher by more than 1pc.

Analysts said China’s economy should be more resilient in the coming months in light of the government’s stimulus measures, and that a global recession was still unlikely.

Cebr, meanwhile, said that investors still wanted a sustained period of stronger demand, not a quick rebound in the economy following the fall in demand in September, to help revive growth.

“Despite the recent falls, we still believe the rebound will carry on. If the situation goes badly again, however, we don’t see how the economy can possibly recover,” said Mr Chen.

The People’s Bank of China in Beijing is expected to hold its largest-ever stimulus program of more than $90bn over the next two months, to help prop the economy up in the face of the outbreak.

China’s Central Bank plans to announce the details of the stimulus package shortly.

A judge began the process by getting about five, maybe six, people on both sides to submit written affidavits from both citizens who know the man (who is not named in the press and the arrest warrant).

The judge asked each of the people to write down whether they would volunteer to act as jurors and explain why they think the man should not be convicted.

It was pretty evident that those three who testified were very well-meaning people with strong opinions on the case. And it appears that their arguments were not very persuasive. But in the end, the trial judge did tell the jury that he would not be ruling on whether the man should be convicted until sometime in March. So on Tuesday they are going to have to decide whether his sentence is enough.

For the next few days, the court will be hearing testimony from many people who have personal knowledge of the incident. The most powerful character witnesses are going to be Steve Goss, a bartender who happened to be working in the same bar as the victim (and who works as a private detective for the Rochester Police Department) and Bill Foltz, a former Rochester firefighter and the owner and operator of the bar where the incident took place. It will also be exciting to hear one of the witnesses testify.

After the witnesses testify, the judge will hear from the prosecutor about what he wishes the jury do. Of course there are many possibilities in the case, but prosecutors and defense lawyers are bound to try to win some points or perhaps be able to negotiate a plea agreement and a punishment for the alleged killer. A decision is expected to be made in about a week.

For more information about the trial, click here . The trial begins at about 1000 on Wednesday afternoon and it will continue until Tuesday afternoon when the verdict is expected.

An FDA panel that reviewed the evidence had said the presence of the agents in two products indicated that vapers could put themselves and others at greater risk to a stroke, heart attack or cancer. “It was clear to us that this was a real health risk to vapers,” said Sharon O’Leary, assistant deputy commissioner of the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, about the agents.

Although much attention in the media and Washington, DC focused on the health hazards of e-cigarettes, a new study conducted by Dr. David Sweanor from the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Washington has discovered that vaping cigarettes is equivalent to smoking cigarettes of the same “tar” content! (Tars, that is) But of course the authors of this study were not able to compare e-cigarettes to the many regular cigarettes already available within the marketplace; they also did not compare e-cigarette users with regular cigarette consumers using “real” cigarettes, which was what my colleague John Conyers Jr. originally requested. Yet, with regard to the tar content of many electronic cigarette cartridges, Sweanor has been reporting on these numbers for some time: Now in 2013, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association have added a new estimate: E-cigarettes contain 5 per cent to 7 per cent higher cancer-causing chemicals in their vapor than most regular cigarettes.

According to the American Cancer Society, the average e-cigarette contains seven to 20 times more harmful agents than regular cigarettes. (One study published here in June 2013 foundthat e-cigarettes emit at least three times more harmful chemicals than traditional cigarettesincluding nicotine and acetaldehyde.)

Also, according to new studies, inhaling e-cig vapors leads to a spike in cancerous cells in the lungs. In the new study, that spike was almost 50 per cent. Why do all those extra cancers occur in e-liquid? One likely explanation that my colleague John Conyers Jr. suggested was that cigarette companies are actually reducing carcinogens in their products to create vapor that, in inhaling the vapors, might not have the same carcinogenic properties as cigarette smoke. But, while some e-liquid brands are doing exactly that, a company called Blue Bubble also maintains a very different philosophy. Blue Bubble says it wants to “dissolve” all the nicotine from the e-liquid so that it doesn’t get to the lungs. It believes that it is more dangerous to release nicotine without letting it “dissolve” into the air - thereby allowing harmful contaminants to migrate into the e-liquid and remain there. Blue Bubble then filters out the very low-in-vapor components; only the nicotine content remains. For example, a small amount of nicotine will have a far greater effect on cancer in humans than smoking a single cigarette (depending on the cigarette’s “tar” content). According to an article published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, “toxicants such as acrylamide, formaldehyde, and acrolein are also more toxic in higher concentrations in e-cigarettes than in conventional cigarettes.” ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22796793) However, it is not at all clear if Blue Bubble intentionally filters out the lower-level but potentially harmful compounds from its e-liquid, or if e-cigarette companies do so due to FDA regulations that dictate that manufacturers must remove all of the toxic chemicals from e-liquid by June 1, 2015. Because of this question the FDA, which regulates tobacco product, is currently reviewing Blue Bubble’s labeling, packaging and advertising, with the assumption that the FDA will eventually approve their labeling and advertising plans. However, Blue Bubble’s corporate owner, the Altria Group, has come out against any such regulation, insisting that any efforts at regulation would be “counterproductive”. This is something I have warned about when I have spoken with the company’s CEO, James Rodgers. Mr. Rodgers has been very vocal in support of the idea that e-cigarettes have never actually been found to be less harmful than regular cigarettes. And, because of the low-level chemicals in this product, he believes that regulating e-cigarettes would likely only increase the prevalence of these substances in the population. He has even stated that e-cigarettes aren’t “like traditional cigarettes.” This is certainly surprising, but as any sensible health professional would know, it is also incorrect. Indeed, just this month, Dr. Jeffrey Miller from the National Cancer Institute stated that e-cigarettes are more like regular cigarettes, and he made reference to his own study that showed e-cigarettes were 95 per cent more carcinogenic than regular cigarettes!

There have been numerous reports like the above from reputable outlets such as Vox, The New

The timing of Apple’s latest iPhone is no coincidence, Buffett said during a speech.

“There’s always someone in the space and everybody wants the apple. The Apple phone is now one of Berkshire’s largest holdings,” Buffett said in a financial-prepared remarks at the firm’s annual meeting in Omaha, Neb. “In theory the stock shouldn’t have sold that good last holiday season and should have been out at the year-end. But the market has rallied and now Apple could be the next great winner.”

Buffett is known for being bullish on the share price of companies he buys.

The Berkshire Hathaway CEO also said there is room to grow the price of Apple’s stock over time.

“Our company has a long track record of being patient with our clients and being comfortable with risk. So, you’ve been blessed with a really good stock.” Buffett also said he does not believe Apple will ever need to make capital gains again. [ ]

Apple was Apple in its past, though its share price began rising again in late 2010. The move to buy back nearly 60% of the stock made it a huge winner for Buffett and his peers. The stock is up 10% since Berkshire bought its stake in late 2011.

If Apple’s stock were at the level that Buffett is citing now, it would have more than doubled in price this year. This is because the stock is expected to rise as the iPhone 7 rolls out and becomes more widely available. When the stock does rise, Apple should likely become a huge winner as its stock price continues to rise.

At present, the company’s stock price is up about 21%.

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