Awesome stuff. Larry David was the perfect pick to play Bernie and he was spot on!
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There was a time when all a parent had to buy for their child, to prepare them for the new school year, was a few notebooks and an assortment of writing/drawing utensils. Well, like the classic Bob Dylan song puts it, “the times, they are a changing.”
Facebook, it’s a brand name that is a part of the global lexicon. Many visit the site daily to check out their friends’ status and chat. The site has created a new verb “to friend,” or as the Urban Dictionary defines it, “the act of requesting someone to be your friend on Facebook.com, in which they can accept or reject you.” This unique way of growing one’s digital inner circle creates moments that can be awkward and unnerving.
Despite a decline in overall crime rates since 2001, shootings and murders are on the rise in New York City. There were 149 shootings and 54 violent deaths (nine in the Bronx) by March 2nd of 2015, both up 20% from this time last year. The New York Police Department has responded by increasing patrols in troubled neighborhoods and by installing ShotSpotter, a gun shot detection system, in areas of high gun violence.
The US financial agencies “got sum splaining to do”. Interesting excerpts to come out of this article are below:
-“We acknowledge and are accountable for past compliance and control failures,” the bank said in a statement. The Swiss arm, the statement said, had not been fully integrated into HSBC after its purchase in 1999, allowing “significantly lower” standards of compliance and due diligence to persist. (riiiiiiight)
-Public disclosure of the leaked files comes at a critical moment for HSBC in the US, where prosecutors have already warned the bank is operating under a “sword of Damocles”. HSBC global and its US bank was forced to pay a $1.9bn fine two years ago after the DoJ uncovered evidence HSBC subsidiaries had enabled clients to breach US sanctions against Cuba, Sudan and Iran and, due to oversight failures, allowed Mexican drug cartels launder billions of dollars.
Really good read from Echo Chambers. Key excerpts below:
-That briefing came in the wake of a number of other decisive moves from the White House. In the last two months Obama announced an overhaul of the country’s immigration system that extended protection to millions of illegal immigrants, signed off a law that will reduce ozone emissions by power plants and factories, and broke with 50 years of precedent by moving to normalise relations with Cuba.
-This past quarter, the US economy grew at its fasted rate in 11 years –up by 5%, an adjustment from the original estimate of 3.9%.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
“Resolute Support will serve as the bedrock of an enduring partnership” between Nato and Afghanistan, Campbell told an audience of Afghan and international military officers and officials, as well as diplomats and journalists. He paid tribute to the international and Afghan troops who have died fighting the insurgency, saying: “The road before us remains challenging but we will triumph.”
From 1 January, the new mission will provide training and support for Afghanistan’s military, with the US accounting for almost 11,000 members of the residual force.
It’s good to see a semi-official end to the war over there. But knowing that 11,000 American soldiers will still be stationed there for the duration is unfortunate. I, and I’m sure many Americans, would love to see a total and complete end to our presence there. But just like in Iraq, sometimes the mess you make has a much longer clean-up than expected.
The question of legalizing marijuana has become one of the true hot-button topics of this generation. Could New York be the next state to battle over this topic in the political arena? Paving its way to become the Colorado of the east coast?
This is a short animation I made myself, in about (30 minutes) using the PowToon free animation website. A story in more detail will come in the next couple of weeks. Enjoy.