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Neil Young and his girlfriend, Daryl Hannah, published an open letter on Monday calling for President Barack Obama to do whatever he can to make sure authorities begin to treat the protestors at the Standing Rock Native American Reservation with decency and respect. “We are calling upon you, President Barack Obama, to step in and end the violence against the peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock immediately,” Young and Hannah wrote. In recent days, police have fired rubber bullets and water cannons at the protestors, who oppose building the Dakota Access Pipeline through the North Dakota reservation. Hundreds have been injured and more than 20 have been taken to hospitals as a result, according to The Intercept. Young has become one of the most famous celebrities to stand in public support of the protestors. In September, he released a protest song, “Indian Givers,” that will appear on his upcoming album. On Nov. 12, the day of his 71st birthday, Young joined the protestors at Standing Rock to perform and bring attention to the issue. In the letter published Monday, he said the protestors he met were “committed to peaceful resistance” and forbid “[w]eapons[,] alcohol and drugs.” “It is an awakening,” Young and Hannah wrote of the protests. “All here together, with their non-native relatives, standing strong in the face of outrageous, unnecessary and violent aggression, on the part of militarized local and state law enforcement agencies and National Guard, who are seemingly acting to protect the interests of the Dakota Access Pipeline profiteers, at a cost of hundreds of thousands of tax-payer dollars, above all other expressed concerns.” Young also said he would return to Standing Rock yet again, and issued a call to all people who stand in solidarity with the protestors in Standing Rock. “Unintimidated, stand, speak up and show up. Be counted. Be like our brothers and sisters at Standing Rock. Be there if you can,” the letter reads. “The progress we have made over two hundred and forty years as a nation, has always come first from the people.” Below you will find the letter in its entirety: Tales of a feast on Plymouth plantation in the Autumn of 1621, where of pilgrims from the Mayflower, celebrated the harvest, shared and broke bread with the first Americans are false. They are still used as inspiration and shared with children, teaching them the beauty of gratitude. But it is now widely understood this Thanksgiving story is a fictional history. It was invented to whitewash the vicious genocide wrought upon the native inhabitants of this magnificent continent. Not only did the Europeans try to eradicate native populations, but they made every effort to eviscerate their culture, their language and eliminate them from these coveted lands. From Plymouth Rock to Standing Rock, this lie has made our Thanksgiving Day a Day of Mourning for the First Nations, all the tribes big and small, those who came before us. A few weeks ago we traveled to visit the Standing Rock Sioux In North Dakota. We arrived at this unprecedented historical gathering of over five hundred tribes and thousands of others standing on the front lines to protect water, to state the most basic human truth, to say water is life. Despite the painful history, today they fight peacefully for us all. The camp grows as winter comes. Standing in protection of our most vital life support systems, but also for the rightful preservation of Native American cultural ways and their sovereignty. Everyone we talk with is committed to peaceful resistance. Weapons alcohol and drugs are forbidden there. Standing together in prayer to protect water displays a deeply rooted awareness of life’s interconnected nature, and of the intrinsic value and import of traditional ways. This growing movement stems from love, it is the most human instinct to protect that which we love. An eager and engaged youth are at the core of this pipeline route resistance, learning from a population of elders who pass down unforgotten knowledge. It is an awakening. All here together, with their non-native relatives, standing strong in the face of outrageous, unnecessary and violent aggression, on the part of militarized local and state law enforcement agencies and National Guard, who are seemingly acting to protect the interests of the Dakota Access Pipeline profiteers, at a cost of hundreds of thousands of tax-payer dollars, above all other expressed concerns. They stand against corporate security forces, the county sheriff and the National Guard. Standing while being hit with water cannons, mace, tear gas, rubber bullets. Standing without weapons and praying, the water protectors endure human rights abuses in sub freezing temperatures. Supplies arrive from all over as the social media universe shares the heartbreaking news to the world, that an American corporate media is not free to report. Thus, it is the ugliness of corporate America, seen around the world. But they stand, their hair frozen from water cannons. They stand for all that is good and they stay strong. We are calling upon you, President Barack Obama, to step in and end the violence against the peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock immediately. We will be going back to support the water protectors again. Let us all stand with them in thanks, in appreciation for the ancient wisdom they carry, In thanks for this opportunity for true gratitude. For giving us a path forward. For trying to show us a road to survival. We offer our support and our respect. We hear the call to protect the water protectors to listen, learn and get engaged. They are brave. We thank them. And we can give thanks for the bounty. Like water on the garden of activism, America’s surprise president brings a bounty of opportunity. The great issues of our time are now brightly illuminated and people are becoming more aware of them than ever, from sea to shining sea, from Standing Rock to Wall Street. The surprise president elect was not the winner of the popular vote, does not have a mandate for the change of ideals envisioned. Keep in mind, close to over two million more people voted for another candidate. Nor is the surprise president the leader of the free world. Two hundred of the worlds nations believe in science, above the profits of the oil, gas and coal industries, and are committed to working together to protect the future from an unchecked climate crisis. The surprise president claims he does believe in climate science nor the threats it presents and his actions and words reflect that claim in tangible and dangerous ways. Do not be intimidated by the surprise presidents’ cabinet appointees as they descend the golden escalator. Those who behave in racist ways are not your leaders. The golden tower is not yours. The White House is your house. Your growing activism in support of freedom over repression, addressing climate change, swiftly replacing a destructive old industries with safe, regenerative energy, encouraging wholistic thinking in balance with the future of our planet; that activism will strengthen and shed continued light on us all. These worthy goals must be met for the all the worlds children and theirs after them. This is our moment for truth. Unintimidated, stand, speak up and show up. Be counted. Be like our brothers and sisters at Standing Rock. Be there if you can. The progress we have made over two hundred and forty years as a nation, has always come first from the people Thank youNeil & Daryl -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Whether you love to connect with other professionals or not, you'll never know how you networked without these tips before. A. Bring a Networking Wingperson For any networking event, it can be helpful to have a networking "wingperson." Together, you can naturally draw others into your conversation. This is particularly true if your wingperson is knowledgeable about an industry you are unfamiliar with. If nothing else, the event will provide you with an opportunity to get to know your wingperson better. - Doug Bend, Bend Law Group, PC A. Prioritize Genuine Connections One or two real connections are worth a lot more than a stack of business cards from people you won't remember. Focus on authentic connections with people whom you may want in your life moving forward. Ask real questions to get to know people, and be sure to listen more than you talk. When you follow up, offer to add value where you can, whether it's information, a connection or a recommendation. - Brittany Hodak, ZinePak A. Connect With the Right Three People I arrive early, connect with the event organizer, and ask him or her to think of the three people in the room who they think I should meet. Doing so immediately leverages social capital and mitigates getting sucked into meaningless conversations that do nothing to improve my business. - Christopher Kelly, Convene A. Put on a Smile People gravitate towards others who smile and have fun. Having attended over 100 networking events over the last 17 years, I can tell you that nothing is more effective for building your network than smiling and having fun. Yes, you'll want to develop a reputation as a smart person who gets things done, but if you can parlay expertise with a great attitude and a smile, you'll build a huge network. - Kristopher Jones, LSEO.com A. Do Some Pre-Event Research on LinkedIn Faces we recognize stick out in a crowd; name tags don't. If you have a list of people you want to meet at an event but can't put a face to their name, look them up on LinkedIn. Refer back to their pages several times before the event so that you can begin to recognize them by their profile picture alone. You can even use their profile information to craft a conversation starter. - Andrew Hoeft Date Check Pro A. Reach Out in Advance Important people sometimes get pulled in many directions at networking events, so if the guest list is published, reach out to key prospects in advance to improve your odds of making contact. If you plan to meet them for the first time at the event, come armed with a question and get your elevator pitch (tailored to that person) nailed down in advance. - Ashley Mady, Brandberry A. Plan a Post-Networking Activity Networking events can be overwhelming and distracting. Though you can make plenty of connections over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, it can be hard to leave a lasting impression when you're competing with dozens of other folks who have interesting backgrounds and stories. I try to plan a post-networking activity to bring together people I meet and form more personal connections. - Firas Kittaneh, Amerisleep A. Have a Back Pocket Question Ready Networking events can tax even extroverts, so it helps to have a standard question in your back pocket that you can use when the conversation starts to falter. It can be something simple or intriguing, but it should be a conversation starter that will let you segue into other areas. Your back pocket question should also depend on the type of networking event you're attending. - Nicole Munoz, Start Ranking Now A. Practice Your Communication Skills Networking is a complex dance of social interactions unlike any other. You'll often repeat the same micro-conversations to several individuals, all while trying to retain the information the room has to offer. Prime your social skills by attending a local watering hole several days or weeks before the event, and take part in socializing with the community. Like anything, good communication takes practice. - Blair Thomas, First American Merchant A. Do Your Research I take the time to research other attendees and their businesses so I have a better understanding of who will be there and identify specific people I want to talk to. I don't try to sell in-person, but I always have my business cards ready, and I follow up with everyone I meet promptly after the event. - Ismael Wrixen, FE International A. Set a Goal (Or a Few) For the Night When I attend a networking event, I prepare by having at least one goal in mind. Whether that goal is to find a potential new client, build a new business relationship with a potential partner, or learn something new from another industry member, I always know that I am accomplishing something that will benefit me and my company. - Bryanne Lawless, BLND Public Relations A. Be Curious Curiosity shows that you have an open mind, and having an open mind helps you relate with almost anyone. Asking questions about others and genuinely being interested in what others do or what accomplishments they have achieved will make you likable. Stay curious, always ask open-ended questions and listen to make any networking event a success. - Chad Keller, WUDN These answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Zacks.com featured highlights: First American Financial, AngioDynamics, Microsemi, Thermo Fisher Scientific and F5 Networks
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President Barack Obama focused on healing U.S.-Cuban relations in a statement on the death of longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro. “At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people,” Obama said. “We know that this moment fills Cubans ― in Cuba and in the United States - with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.” “Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future,” he added. “As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.” Obama restored the United States’ full diplomatic relations with Cuba in July 2015 after years of negotiation with the government of Raul Castro, Fidel Castro’s brother and successor. Their efforts ended a decades-long period of estrangement that began shortly after the elder Castro seized power in 1959. In March, Obama became the first American president to visit Cuba in 88 years. Obama alluded to the diplomatic breakthrough over which he presided in his remarks on Castro’s death. “For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements,” Obama said. “During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends - bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity,” he added. “This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba.” By contrast, President-elect Donald Trump, who will inherit Obama’s policy of reconciliation with Cuba, initially offered a much briefer reaction on Twitter. Fidel Castro is dead!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2016 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Check Keiser Report website for more: http://www.maxkeiser.com/ In this episode of the Keiser Report from Chapel Hill area of North Carolina, Max and Stacy discuss getting ‘voluntarily equitized’ on Thanksgiving Day . . . just as the First Americans were. They also discuss bail-ins in Italy and Brexit fallout in the UK. In the second half, Max interviews former head of the Democratic Party in North Carolina to find out how and why Hillary Clinton lost the Rust Belt. WATCH all Keiser Report shows here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL768A33676917AE90 (E1-E200) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC3F29DDAA1BABFCF (E201-E400) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPszygYHA9K2ZtV_1KphSugBB7iZqbFyz (E401-600) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPszygYHA9K1GpAv3ZKpNFoEvKaY2QFH_ (E601-E800) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPszygYHA9K19wt4CP0tUgzIxpJDiQDyl (E801-Current) RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaToday Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnews Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_com Follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rt Follow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RT Listen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttv RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.
“THIS WILL BE THE FIRST AMERICAN PRESIDENT IN U.S. HISTORY THAT ENTERS OFFICE WITH A PRO-GAY-RIGHTS …
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Now that the U.S. Census has released its newest estimate of median household income in the United States, it's time to consider where the U.S. federal government spending per U.S. household stands with respect to the Zero Deficit Line, which is the amount of spending that the typical American household can actually afford. The chart below shows those two measures for each year since 1967, when the Census first began reporting its median household income figure: Looking at the chart, we see that for the third year in a row, the amount of U.S. federal government spending per household is hovering just below $30,000 per U.S. household. Our tool below will reveal how much spending can actually be supported by the typical American household given its annual income of $50,054 (or whatever median household income level you might choose to enter!) Median Household Income Data Input Data Values Median Household Income How Much Federal Spending Per Household Can the U.S. Really Afford? Estimated Results Values Federal Spending per U.S. Household Using our tool, we find that in reality, the typical American household can only afford to have the federal government spend no more than $21,059. On a side note, do you remember the old Warner Brothers' Road Runner cartoons? The ones where Wile E. Coyote would be chasing after the bird, then suddenly find himself suspended in mid-air beyond the edge of a cliff, until he looked down and finally crashed back to earth? The level of federal spending per household since 2008 and the lack of meaningful growth in the incomes of U.S. households under President Obama, combined with all the talk these days of the approaching "fiscal cliff" suggests that there is one giant "splat" sound in the near future for the U.S.