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  1. Chelsea Barabas talked about her recent article in Democracy journal on how employers and other entities are using so-called “big data,” as well as how the relationship between workers and technology is changing.

  2.      Young men: The lowest aim in your life is to become a soldier. The good soldier never tries to distinguish right from wrong. He never thinks; never reasons; he only obeys. If he is ordered to fire on his fellow citizens, on his friends, on his neighbors, on his relatives, he obeys without hesitation. If he is ordered to fire down a crowded street when the poor are clamoring for bread, he obeys and sees the gray hairs of age stained with red and the life tide gushing from the breasts of women, feeling neither remorse nor sympathy. If he is ordered off as a firing squad to execute a hero or benefactor, he fires without hesitation, though he knows the bullet will pierce the noblest heart that ever beat in human breast.
         A good soldier is a blind, heartless, soulless, murderous machine. He is not a man. He is not a brute, for brutes only kill in self defense. All that is human in him, all that is divine in him, all that constitutes the man has been sworn away when he took the enlistment roll. His mind, his conscience, aye, his very soul, are in the keeping of his officer.
         No man can fall lower than the solder—it is a depth beneath which we cannot go. Keep the boys out of the army. It is hell.
         Down with the army and the navy. We don't need killing institutions. We need life-giving institutions.

    By Jack London


    The above essay was censored in the USA....

    By the Postmaster General 
    Here is "A Good Soldier," by Jack London, which has 
    aroused the militarists of this nation to the extent that 
    Postmaster General Burleson has barred from the mails 
    envelopes containing this article. The APPEAL TO REASON 
    was threatened with a "fraud order" if it persisted in 
    sending envelopes through the mails containing London's 
    article. The Postmaster General did not even give the 
    APPEAL a chance in the courts. He said: "Either stop 
    circulating 'A Good Soldier' on envelopes or we will 
    close up your doors by refusing to deliver a single piece 
    of mail to you." So in "Free America" the APPEAL has 
    been forced by a War Censor to take this means to circu- 
    late Jack London's criticism of the soldier profession: 
  3. Oregon ranchers Larry and Amanda Anderson received a letter from the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife asking permission to survey their land to track the foothill yellow-legged frog, a nearly endangered species.

    The ODF&W letter of request:


    The Anderson’s response:


    Dear Mr. Niemela:

    Thank you for your inquiry regarding accessing our property to survey for the yellow-legged frog. We may be able to help you out with this matter.

    We have divided our 2.26 acres into 75 equal survey units with a draw tag for each unit. Application fees are only $8.00 per unit after you purchase the “Frog Survey License” ($120.00 resident / $180.00 Non-Resident). You will also need to obtain a “Frog Habitat” parking permit ($10.00 per vehicle). You will also need an “Invasive Species” stamp ($15.00 for the first vehicle and $5.00 for each add’l vehicle) You will also want to register at the Check Station to have your vehicle inspected for non-native plant life prior to entering our property. There is also a Day Use fee, $5.00 per vehicle.

    If you are successful in the Draw you will be notified two weeks in advance so you can make necessary plans and purchase your “Creek Habitat” stamp. ($18.00 Resident / $140.00 Non-Resident). Survey units open between 8am and 3pm but you cannot commence survey until 9am and must cease all survey activity by 1pm.

    Survey Gear can only include a net with a 2″ diameter made of 100% organic cotton netting with no longer than an 18″ handle, non-weighted and no deeper than 6′ from net frame to bottom of net. Handles can only be made of BPA-free plastics or wooden handles. After 1pm you can use a net with a 3″ diameter if you purchase the “Frog Net Endorsement” ($75.00 Resident / $250 Non-Resident). Any frogs captured that are released will need to be released with an approved release device back into the environment unharmed.

    As of June 1, we are offering draw tags for our “Premium Survey” units and application is again only $8.00 per application. However, all fees can be waived if you can verify Native Indian Tribal rights and status.

    You will also need to provide evidence of successful completion of “Frog Surveys and You” comprehensive course on frog identification, safe handling practices, and self-defense strategies for frog attacks. This course is offered online through an accredited program for a nominal fee of $750.00.

    Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you. Otherwise, we decline your access to our property but appreciate your inquiry.

    Larry & Amanda Anderson


    The Anderson’s letter:


  4. Put together the bible canon, came up with the name Jehovah. Spread the basic Christian message across the globe. Got rid of all the false gods of the Roman empire and gods of other nations As well. When you consider they did this without God to help them along through divine direction all these centuries. I think they did a pretty good job. So tell me again why God hates Christendom so much?

  5. Before understanding the different types of mutual funds and ETFs, you need to understand market cap. Market capitalization is a quick way of determining how large a company is.
    To calculate market cap, take the share price and multiply it by the number of shares outstanding (meaning shares that anyone can buy). This will give you a dollar amount, which is the company’s market cap.
    Here are the most common names you’ll see, as well as their corresponding market caps:

    • Large cap – $10-$100 billion
    • Mid cap – $2-$10 billion
    • Small cap – $250 million-$2 billion

    For example, let’s say Company A has a stock price of $10 and has 1 million shares outstanding. Their market cap would be:

    • $10 x 100,000,000 shares = $1,000,000,000

    So Company A has a market cap of $1 billion. According to the list above, this would make them a small-cap company.
    Mutual funds and ETFs will often categorize themselves by the size of companies that they invest in. For example, a large-cap ETF will hold stock in only large-cap companies.
    There are a few other types of market caps you may see, but not as often.

    They are: mega cap (> $100 billion), micro cap (< $250 million), and nano cap (usually <$50 million).

    Ideal asset allocation (and how to choose)

    One thing to consider is your own personal level of risk tolerance. Everyone’s asset allocation for stocks is going to be different based on the level of risk that they’re willing to take on.

    Here is the mix that I am currently investing with equities:

    Ticker ETF Name Indicative
    Equal Weight
    30% RSP Guggenheim S&P 500® Equal Weight ETF RSP.IV
    10% EWEM Guggenheim MSCI Emerging Markets Equal Country Weight ETF EWEM.IV
    30% EWMC Guggenheim S&P MidCap 400® Equal Weight ETF EWMC.IV
    30% EWSC Guggenheim S&P SmallCap 600® Equal Weight ETF EWSC.IV


    It’s important to know the difference between ETFs and mutual funds, as well as their strategies, before investing. Also, understanding market capitalization is crucial before choosing your own investment strategy.
    You will also want to make sure you’re comfortable with your asset allocation so you’re not too heavily weighted in one asset class. This will help you keep a well-balanced and diversified portfolio.



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