Top 10 Unusual Facts And Stories About Giraffes – Listverse


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Random phrases of the day


  1. All Greek To Me Meaning: When something is incomprehensible due to complexity; unintelligble.
  2. Right Out of the Gate Meaning: Right from the beginning; to do something from the start.
  3. Go Out On a Limb Meaning: Putting yourself in a risky situation in order to help someone; or to hazard a guess.

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United States: Misonix Says SEC Ends Probe With No Plans for Enforcement Action
Jun 25, 2019 08:00 pm

The Securities and Exchange Commission doesn’t plan enforcement action after ending a probe into potential U.S. foreign-bribery violations by a company that distributed products for Misonix Inc. in China, Misonix said. The regulator’s enforcement division informed Misonix, a Farmingdale, N.Y.-based…
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United States: Ex-Chicago Council Member Gets Year in Prison for Corruption
Jun 25, 2019 07:30 pm

A FORMER Chicago City Council member has been sentenced to a year and one day prison after pleading guilty to corruption charges. U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso sentenced 66-year-old Alderman Willie Cochran on Monday, saying he is part of “long…
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France: Former IAAF head to stand trial in France over corruption charges
Jun 25, 2019 07:00 pm

Lamine Diack, the former head of the International Association of Athletics Federation, will stand trial in France over allegations of corruption linked to a Russian doping scandal. Last month, France’s Parquet National Financier, the country’s financial prosecutor, recommended that Mr…
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Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico Governor Ousts Treasurer Amid Reported FBI Probe
Jun 25, 2019 06:30 pm

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello asked for the immediate resignation of Treasury Secretary Raul Maldonado just hours after the cabinet member disclosed a federal corruption investigation into his own department. Rossello said at a Monday news conference that he’d never…
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China: 3 former provincial-level officials indicted for corruption
Jun 25, 2019 06:00 pm

Three former provincial-level officials — Miao Ruilin, Xing Yun and Qian Yin’an — have been indicted on bribe-taking charges in three separate cases. In their respective cases, prosecutors accused Miao, former vice governor of east China’s Jiangsu Province, and Xing,…
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Malaysia: Recycling company owner fined RM50,000 for bribing Immigration officer
Jun 25, 2019 05:30 pm

A plastic goods recycling company owner was fined RM50,000 and sentenced to a day in prison by the Sessions Court here Monday (June 24) for bribing an Immigration officer last January. Judge Murtazadi Amran handed down the sentence after Hong…
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The two questions you must ask at every client meeting | Greg Savage – The Savage Truth


via The two questions you must ask at every client meeting | Greg Savage – The Savage Truth

THE TWO QUESTIONS YOU MUST ASK AT EVERY CLIENT MEETING

The client meeting is a golden moment of truth in our business.

And so many recruiters screw up that opportunity. Often by talking too much and not asking the smart questions. I should know. I have done over 2,000 client meetings, many of the early ones done so very badly. But I learned.

I have offered a great deal of advice on how to manage meeting outcomes, including why they suck, how to improve them, why they are like sex and the one big thing you need to achieve during a meeting.

But today, two simple questions you must ask at every prospect meeting you ever do. Please.

They will open more doors and make you more money than any other single thing you can do or say.

Here they are;

“What else?”

And

“Who else?”

As in, “What else can I do for you? What else are you grappling with? What else needs solving? What other vacancies do you have? What else do I need to know?

And

Who else can I talk to? Who else recruits in your business? Who else can you recommend?

There is it. Just build it in. Use your own words if you prefer.

What else?

Who else?

And send me 10% of all the extra money you make, won’t you?

Bernie Sanders pushes plan to cancel all student loan debt – CNNPolitics


via Bernie Sanders pushes plan to cancel all student loan debt – CNNPolitics

(CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders offered up a plan on Monday to completely eliminate the student loan debt of every American, staking out uncharted territory in the Democratic presidential primary.

The new legislation would cancel $1.6 trillion of student loan undergraduate and graduate debt for approximately 45 million people. His ambitious plan has no eligibility limitations and would be paid for with a new tax on Wall Street speculation.
The proposal goes further than the plan previously unveiled by his Democratic primary rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Her debt relief package was subject to income eligibility levels to determine how much relief the average person would receive — parameters that Warren said were aimed at closing the racial wealth gap. Under the Sanders plan, if you have student debt of any kind it would be canceled the second the legislation is signed into law.
“This proposal completely eliminates student debt in this country and ends the absurdity of sentencing an entire generation, the millennial generation, to a lifetime of debt for the crime of doing the right thing — and that is going out and getting a higher education,” Sanders, flanked by activists and supporters, said at a news conference in Washington on Monday.
Sanders introduced the legislation with Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who will co-sponsor a pair of House bills that serve as companion legislation to Sanders’ Senate plan, was also by his side for the announcement.
“The bottom line is we shouldn’t be punishing people for getting to higher education,” Sanders said. “It is time to hit the reset button. Under the proposal that we introduced today, all student debt would be canceled in six months.”
This rollout comes at a time when second place in Democratic primary polling, behind former Vice President Joe Biden, seems up for grabs — with Warren rising in recent voter surveys. With this latest, detailed pitch, Sanders is aiming to solidify his credentials as the most progressive candidate in a field that has largely embraced the priorities he brought to a national audience in 2016. The proposal is sure to invite new criticism from Democratic moderates, who have sought to cast themselves as pragmaticalternatives to Sanders’ efforts to fundamentally remake the country’s economic system.
On the stump and in interviews, Sanders has long spoken about finding ways to relieve the burden of student debt, but this this is his most specific plan to date. He teased the announcement during an event in South Carolina on Saturday night.
“We are going to forgive student debt in this country,” Sanders said last weekend. “We have for the first time in the modern history of this country a younger generation that if we don’t change it, and we intend to change it, will have a lower standard of living than their parents, more in debt, lower wages than their parents, unable to buy the house that they desire.”
The plan is part of a more comprehensive “college for all” program that Sanders has already released in pieces and includes free tuition at all four-year public colleges and universities, as well as community colleges. The broader proposal also includes subsidies to reduce the cost of tuition and fees for low income students at private colleges that historically serve underrepresented communities.
“We will make a full and complete education a human right in America, to which all of our people are entitled,” Sanders said on Monday. “This means making public colleges, universities and HBCUs tuition-free and debt-free by tripling the work study program, expanding Pell grants and other financial incentives.”
Sanders also talked about his detailed roadmap — centered on new taxes on Wall Street — to raise the $2.2 trillion dollars necessary to pay for this program and his other college funding plans. It will include a 0.5% tax on stock trades (or 50 cents for every $100 worth of stock), a 0.1% fee on bonds, and a 0.005% fee on derivatives. Sanders believes that could raise more than $2.4 trillion dollars over the next ten years.
The centrist group Third Way — a vocal Sanders critic that he recently described as a mouthpiece for “the corporate wing of the Democratic party” — slammed the proposal before Sanders formally introduced it, calling it “bad policy and bad politics.”
“It’s a regressive giveaway that primarily benefits upper middle class people who attended elite four year colleges,” Lanae Erickson, Third Way’s senior vice president for social policy and politics, said in a statement. “And there’s nothing about that which will help Democrats appeal to the bulk of black, white, and Latinx voters who don’t have a degree.”
Sanders has already introduced the Wall Street speculation tax, which he calls the Inclusive Prosperity Act. At an event on Sunday in South Carolina he delivered the political argument for using it to help millions of Americans struggling with student debt.
“Congress voted to bail out the crooks on Wall Street, do you remember that?” he asked the crowd to a chorus of boos. “They provided seven hundred billion in federal loans and in addition trillions of dollars in zero or very low interest loans. So I think the time is now for Wall Street to repay that obligation to the American people. If we could bail out Wall Street, we sure as hell can reduce student debt in this country.”

Eight hours of work per week results in mental health gains – Big Think


Researchers discovered that eight hours of work per week reduces mental health issues by 30 percent.
Working a full-time job, roughly 40 hours per week, does not result in further mental health gains.
Societies are going to have to grapple with a new distribution of work as AI and robotics will soon replace many jobs.
Alibaba co-founder, Jack Ma, came under fire in April when calling a 12-hour a day, six-day workweek a “blessing.” He defended his statement by claiming China’s booming economy is the result of booting out “slackers,” yet the sentiment reeked of modern indentured servitude. China’s labor laws aren’t exactly known for being worker-centric.

Ma’s bottom line as a billionaire might rely on such a dedicated workforce, but a new study from researchers at the universities of Cambridge and Salford proposes a new model for keeping workers happy: Not twelve hours a day — not even twelve a week. The magic number seems to be eight.

An eight-hour workweek rebuts every capitalistic narrative we’ve been taught. The forty-hour workweek, recall, is an 80-year-old construction, not a social necessity for the functioning of society.

When the U.S. government started tracking working hours in 1890, the average manufacturing employee was clocking in 100 hours per week, even though legislation had been introduced as early as 1866 to cut it back to eight hours per day. Child labor laws, introduced in 1938, also forced employers to reassess what they could do to their workforce. There has never been a perfect working environment; the powerful have always exploited workers by whatever means possible.

In the current “gig economy,” working hours are sporadic and often uncertain for a portion of the population. Workweeks often comprise 40, 60, even 80 hours spread across multiple employers. Media discussing the shift from full-time employment to contracting tends to focus on employee pay and corporate governance. Little regarding the mental health of workers has been entertained.

The basis of the study is Andrew Yang-esque: rapid advancements in AI, VR, and AR are changing the nature of work and employment opportunities in the very near future. One caveat about this study: for mental health perks to emerge from so few hours, the playing field would have to be leveled to the point where most employees partake. In this light, the findings rely on a lot of speculation that would require a total rethinking of “work.”

via Eight hours of work per week results in mental health gains – Big Think

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United States: Misonix Says SEC Ends Probe With No Plans for Enforcement Action
Jun 25, 2019 08:00 pm

The Securities and Exchange Commission doesn’t plan enforcement action after ending a probe into potential U.S. foreign-bribery violations by a company that distributed products for Misonix Inc. in China, Misonix said. The regulator’s enforcement division informed Misonix, a Farmingdale, N.Y.-based…
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United States: Ex-Chicago Council Member Gets Year in Prison for Corruption
Jun 25, 2019 07:30 pm

A FORMER Chicago City Council member has been sentenced to a year and one day prison after pleading guilty to corruption charges. U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso sentenced 66-year-old Alderman Willie Cochran on Monday, saying he is part of “long…
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France: Former IAAF head to stand trial in France over corruption charges
Jun 25, 2019 07:00 pm

Lamine Diack, the former head of the International Association of Athletics Federation, will stand trial in France over allegations of corruption linked to a Russian doping scandal. Last month, France’s Parquet National Financier, the country’s financial prosecutor, recommended that Mr…
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Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico Governor Ousts Treasurer Amid Reported FBI Probe
Jun 25, 2019 06:30 pm

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello asked for the immediate resignation of Treasury Secretary Raul Maldonado just hours after the cabinet member disclosed a federal corruption investigation into his own department. Rossello said at a Monday news conference that he’d never…
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China: 3 former provincial-level officials indicted for corruption
Jun 25, 2019 06:00 pm

Three former provincial-level officials — Miao Ruilin, Xing Yun and Qian Yin’an — have been indicted on bribe-taking charges in three separate cases. In their respective cases, prosecutors accused Miao, former vice governor of east China’s Jiangsu Province, and Xing,…
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Malaysia: Recycling company owner fined RM50,000 for bribing Immigration officer
Jun 25, 2019 05:30 pm

A plastic goods recycling company owner was fined RM50,000 and sentenced to a day in prison by the Sessions Court here Monday (June 24) for bribing an Immigration officer last January. Judge Murtazadi Amran handed down the sentence after Hong…
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Lonely people may lose the reflex to mimic other people’s smiles – Big Think


via Lonely people may lose the reflex to mimic other people’s smiles – Big Think

Loneliness is a “disease”, associated with an increased risk of death equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Strides have been made in understanding what form of loneliness is damaging (a lack of close relationships with other people, rather than a lack of relationships per se), but ways to tackle loneliness are badly needed. Now a new study, available as a preprint on PsyArXiv, reveals a way in which loneliness seems to be maintained and, therefore, a potential route to an intervention.

A popular model of loneliness holds that it is maintained by abnormal processing of the social signals – such as smiles and eye contact – that underlie positive social interactions. One consequence of this abnormal processing could be a failure to automatically mimic other people’s facial expressions – a phenomenon that occurs naturally during most social interactions. To investigate for the first time whether this is the case, Andrew Arnold and Piotr Winkielman at the University of California, San Diego conducted a small, preliminary study on 35 student volunteers.

The students first completed three scales that measured their loneliness, depression and personality. Based on the loneliness results, they were classed as either lonely or not lonely. Next they had electrodes attached to two pairs of their own facial muscles important for generating emotional expressions – regions of the zygomaticus major (smiling) muscles in the cheeks, and also the corrugator supercilii (frowning) muscles in the brow. They were then shown video clips of men and women making facial expressions of anger, fear, joy and sadness.

Americans Are Still Confused About Socialism – GEN


via Americans Are Still Confused About Socialism – GEN

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

Did Franklin Delano Roosevelt play an important role in the history of socialism in the country? According to Bernie Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist who’s running for the Democratic presidential nomination, the answer is a resounding yes. The Vermont Senator spoke glowingly about FDR at a rallyearlier this month at George Washington University, claiming his own brand of politics is deeply indebted to the 32nd president of the United States. “It builds on what Franklin Delano Roosevelt said when he fought for guaranteed economic rights for all Americans,” Sanders told the crowd. Sanders also quoted a 1936 FDR campaign speech that night, saying “[Bankers] are unanimous in their hate for me, and I welcome their hatred.”

But Sanders’ characterization of FDR fails to demonstrate an accurate depiction of the former president, or for that matter, democratic socialism itself.

“FDR did not call himself socialist,” says Adam Quinn, an independent historian of anti-radicalism in the U.S. Nor did FDR’s policies reflect the aims of socialism. Roosevelt “framed the New Deal as a safety net to save not only the impoverished but the American system of government,” Quinn says. It’s worth pointing out, though, that the Communist Party supported the New Deal, following the Party’s “popular-front” strategy in this period, which consisted of forming broader, mainstream alliances.

It’s not entirely surprising that Sanders’ remarks about democratic socialism elicited more cheers than skepticism: Many Americans remain unfamiliar with the left-wing ideology. According to a May poll published by The Hill and the HarrisX survey company, nearly one in five Americans are “unsure” what socialism is. Worse still, none of the possible answers written for the survey accurately defined the left-wing ideology, meaning people responding to the survey couldn’t have given a technically correct response if they’d wanted to. Either the survey makers also don’t know what socialism is, or a proper definition was intentionally kept out of the poll.

A quick primer: Socialism entails ownership of the means of production by the working class, rather than by the bourgeoisie (that is, the owning class), as is the case in a class-based society. Democratic socialism, then, is a democratically-run government paired with an economy owned by the working class. Neither are views that FDR, a Democrat and a capitalist, was known for.

It’s fair to assume that Sanders knows what socialism is, but it seems he was capitalizing on Americans’ ignorance, framing his policies around a historical figure in order to make them more palatable to mainstream liberal voters.

The lack of knowledge and anti-socialist tendencies among the U.S. electorate and indeed the press are even more striking when one considers that this happened by design. In a sea of anti-socialist propaganda and policies, hostility toward socialism and indeed anything progressive has flourished.