Republicans Save Obamacare: By Richard Moss MD

first_imgRepublicans Save Obamacare:And Actually Make it Worse!By Richard Moss MDTaking something away once given is nigh impossible in a democracy. Just ask the Republicans in Congress. Obamacare was a giveaway for millions of Americans. It was also fatally flawed. After a trillion dollars spent and massive cuts in Medicare reimbursement, premiums and deductibles have soared. Consumers did not keep their doctor or their plan. The nation’s largest insurers have jumped ship. Bailouts of insurance companies will be required. States and counties across the land have only one insurer. The Affordable Care Act is unaffordable for tens of millions of Americans not being subsidized.The ACA needed one thing: to be given a merciful death. Repealing Obamacare was the single issue that gave Republicans historic wave elections, federal monopoly power, and overwhelming dominance in the states.But instead of repealing it, the Republicans have saved it, and in more grotesque form. The new bill will lead to an even more rapid collapse of healthcare markets in America, only this time with Republican fingerprints all over it.Officially known as the American Health Care Act, it has attracted a variety of monikers including RINO Care, Obamacare lite, and Trumpcare. But Trumpcare is appropriate. The President should have taken the lead, but he didn’t. Instead he handed it over to the Republican Establishment, the McConnells and Ryans in Congress, and in so doing has let down his voters and the country.The flaws of Obamacare are legion but two are crucial. These are “guaranteed issue” and “community rating,” the cost-drivers that have made Obamacare unsustainable. Guaranteed Issue allows consumers to buy insurance regardless of health status. Community Rating, requires insurance companies to charge the same price. Imagine forcing life insurance companies to charge a 75 year old the same as a 25 year old, or coercing auto insurance companies to charge the same after a car accident as before, and you will understand the economic illiteracy of Obamacare. It is not insurance. It is a giveaway.These two features of Obamacare incentivize consumers to defer purchasing insurance until they must have it. They deprive health insurance companies of the necessary balance of healthy buyers to less healthy ones, which pools risk and keeps premiums down. By driving healthy consumers out of the market, and leaving only the unhealthy ones, you drive up rates, increase the ranks of the uninsured, and destroy the market place. These two interlocking mechanisms account for the unfolding “death spiral” of Obamacare. Trumpcare preserves these two features thus ensuring its own ultimate failure and collapse.There are other odious components of Obamacare including the individual and employer mandates, both of which are unconstitutional, notwithstanding Chief Justice John Roberts’s sophistry in 2012. The employer mandate has been a dead weight on the economy and a boon for part time work. Insurance mandates require a minimum “essential” package including items like sex change surgery and prostate care for women that drove up rates as well. The absence of a cap on payments also served to increase premiums. But guaranteed issue and community rating were the primary mechanisms behind the escalating premiums and deductibles.Trumpcare eliminates the employer and individual mandate (and various Obamacare taxes), the “funding” mechanisms of Obamacare. Conservatives would normally rally behind such measures, but only if insurance mandates, guaranteed issue and community rating were similarly terminated. Absent this, Trumpcare will exacerbate the death spiral of the market place as consumers will now have less incentive to buy insurance and employers will dump their plans. The individual mandate is replaced by a 30% increase in insurance premiums for anyone dropping their insurance, which will do nothing to prevent individuals from dispensing with costly insurance. Eliminating the mandates and taxes thusly will blow a hole in the budget and cause further market dislocation.Trumpcare also bankrolls individuals and families earning $150,000 up to $14,000 a year, phasing out above that but still theoretically subsidizing consumers with incomes above $200,000, a massive new entitlement. It preserves the Medicaid expansion and does not freeze enrollment until 2020 thus incentivizing states to expand their Medicaid rolls. It also promises $100 billion in subsidies to the states to assist the poor and to create risk pools. The regulatory, subsidy, mandate cost-drivers of Obamacare are all in place or enhanced. It is a bill only a Democrat could love.Republicans should repeal Obamacare with the same bill they repeatedly sent to Obama to veto the last seven years. Then, it was empty political theater. Now, with a Republican President, they are afraid to. They could extend it a year providing time for recipients to make other arrangements. Instead Trump, the hackneyed Republican leadership in Congress, and vested interests have teamed up not just to preserve Obamacare but make it worse. There has been no draining of the swamp. This is the swamp. The Trump Revolution has been derailed.March 17, 2017Brief Bio: Richard Moss MD is a practicing Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon, author, and columnist who resides in Jasper IN. He lost his bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in Indiana’s 8th district in 2016. Find more of his essays and blog posts at exodusmd.com. Also find him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Spafford Announces Three-Night New Year’s Eve Run

Spafford has taken the jam scene by storm in recent months. The Arizona-born four-piece has been cutting their teeth on coast-to-coast tours for the better part of the last year, headlining venues across the country and supporting heavyweights such as Umphrey’s McGee, plus back in April, the group announced a countrywide 39-date fall tour, which kicks off on September 27th in Charlottesville, Virginia. Though the next few months will see Spafford touring heavily and bringing their patented tight jams to fans across the U.S., many in the group’s rabid fanbase have been left wondering where the band will be ringing in the New Year.Spafford Adds Soule Monde, Southern Avenue, Hayley Jane, And More To Fall TourToday, the wait is over, as Spafford has just announced a three-night run in their hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. From December 29th through 31st, Spafford will take over the Crescent Ballroom and help celebrate the start of 2018 proper. Tickets can be purchased separately for the individual nights of Spafford’s New Year’s Eve run, and are on-sale today at 10 am (Arizona Local time). Grab your tickets for December 29th here, December 30th here, and December 31st here.Inaugural Canyon Jam Brings Spafford, Aqueous, Main Squeeze, & More To The Mish [Photo/Video/Audio]The band is also offering fans the chance to go “All In” with a special VIP package for the first two nights (12/29 and 12/30) or all three nights of the run (12/29, 12/30, and 12/31) via a partnership with CID Entertainment. “All In” VIP attendees will receive concert admission with early entry, an invitation to sound check on December 30th, an invitation to a special catered brunch with the band, and a signed poster. You can get more information about these VIP packages here.[Photo: Bill McAlaine][Accepted Perspective – Poster Art By Jimmy Rector] read more

Gun Sales Spike In May

first_img(Undated) — Americans are concerned about self-protection and are investing in fire arms. Rioting, looting over the killing of George Floyd and COVID-19 restrictions are fueling the spike in gun sales. Gun sales and FBI background checks on purchasers soared in May, which recorded the third-highest level of checks ever in the 22-year history of the federal system.According to the FBI, there have already been more than 15 million background checks this year, used mostly for legal sales, putting the country on a pace to break last year’s all-time high of 28 million checks in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.May’s 3,091,455 background checks was the highest for any May recorded. March was the highest month on record, at 3,740,688.Gun Sales See Massive Spike in May Amidst Pandemic, Nationwide Rioting https://t.co/HVAbJ4FikR— #SeekingTheTruth (@TruthSeeker____) June 1, 2020 Research firm Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting estimates more than 1.7 million guns were sold in May, an 80% jump over the same time last year.Stock prices for a number of gun manufacturers were also up.last_img read more

Despite rocky season, Badgers make NCAAs

first_imgKrabbenhoft helped end UW\’s six-game losing streak to make the NCAAs.[/media-credit]To say the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s season was a roller coaster is a bit of an understatement.Bo Ryan’s squad went from a preseason No. 25 ranking to the cellar of the Big Ten, falling to 3-6 after losing six straight Big Ten contests in January.But the Badgers came back, finishing off the season with a 10-8 record, enough for a fourth place finish in the conference and barely pushing them into the NCAA Tournament as a No. 12 seed.With a win over No. 5 seed Florida State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Badgers quieted any critics who said Wisconsin didn’t deserve to be in the Big Dance. Regardless, many felt the team underachieved with seniors Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft leading the team vocally and physically.But like many other sports, particularly in college, it’s difficult to say this season was a bust by any means. The Badgers lost three impact seniors from last season — centers Brian Butch and Greg Stiemsma, and guard Michael Flowers — who all were integral parts in Wisconsin’s record 31 wins and outright Big Ten Championship.This season, many felt junior guards Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes underachieved, and perhaps those critics have a case.Hughes, aside from hitting game-winning shots against Virginia Tech and Florida State, was often the center of attention for the wrong reasons. More often than not, it seemed Hughes forced up shots. It showed, especially during the six-game losing streak, when he went through an abysmal 23-for-65 (35.3 percent) shooting slump.And it’s not like Bohannon did much better. In fact, he shot worse than Hughes did.J-Bo’s 15-for-45 (33.3 percent) effort wasn’t exactly the shooting touch the Badgers were hoping for, and while he was able to recover from that slump after the team’s rough patch became a memory, he wasn’t ever able to find the consistent form he had as the Big Ten’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2008.That being said, the Badgers did recover. They were able to salvage their season and claim an NCAA Tournament berth, something many UW fans did not expect, especially after watching the Badgers play the way they did in January.The past aside, there is much to look forward to. After his strong performance against Iowa, freshman guard Jordan Taylor became a reliable source for Ryan and the Badgers off the bench, providing the necessary spark when needed. Also, when Bohannon was struggling with his shot, the tandem of Hughes and Taylor proved to be quite a formidable backcourt for opponents to handle.In the middle, the Badgers get to look forward to another year of development for sophomores Keaton Nankivil and Jon Leuer, both of whom showed signs of brilliance during the season. Particularly, Nankivil’s 5-for-5 3-pointer night against Purdue proved he could be a big man who can nail an outside jumper — something very important to Ryan’s swing offense.As for next season, the Badgers return three starters — Hughes, Bohannon and Leuer — who will look to improve on a bit of a disappointing season, and will also have to make up for the absence of Krabbenhoft and Landry, both of whom were fundamental parts of the team offensively and defensively.There are reasons to be excited. Taylor and Rob Wilson both made great strides during the season, and with a full summer to practice the swing offense, expect both players to come ready to receive much added playing time next season.As for the team’s NCAA Tournament chances? Well, when Bo Ryan is at the helm, you can always expect good things. Next season, expect the same, maybe even better.last_img read more

Riding Tall in the Saddle

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnMIDDLETOWN – The Sunnyside Eques­tri­an Center is a place of great calm punctuated with moments of pure joy and accomplishment.Taking a SPUR riding lesson at the Sunnyside Equestrian Center on Pacha is Olivia Stack. Volunteer Emily Socha is sidewalking on the left, and instructor Stephanie Hunt is on the right.The center, located in the Monmouth County Park System’s Sunnyside Recrea­tion Area on Middletown-Lincroft Road, is the home of SPUR. The program – Special People United to Ride – gives those with a variety of disabilities the opportunity to ride horses. The spotless facility includes paddocks, a few short trails, a stable, large indoor riding ring overlooked by a waiting room with large windows plus classroom space and ancillary space.While the staff emphasizes the program is for recreation, not therapy, those who have participated seemed to have reaped many benefits.Take 6-year-old Olivia Stack. During a recent session, Olivia sat on Pacha and rode not only sitting frontward looking over the horse’s head, but backward – looking over the back end – with a big smile on her face that was a mix of pride, determination and happiness.Taryn Stack, Olivia’s mother has been bringing her daughter to the equestrian center for the past 2½ years. “Never in a million years did I expect my daughter to get up on a horse and ride like this,” she said.Olivia, who is nonverbal and has issues with her core strength and fine motor skills, has made “tremendous strides” through her participation in the SPUR program. One of the things her instructors currently are working on is helping her learn how to say the “O” sound so she can tell the horse to “go.”“I think it’s amazing to see the connection between a horse and a human being and see that connection between a horse and a person who doesn’t have a voice,” said her mother.In addition to riding, Olivia – and most participants – also is learning about how to help care for the graceful, gentle horses.Like Stack, Gina McCormick, whose 7-year-old son Luke is another SPUR rider, has high praise for the program, its instructors and volunteers and the camaraderie that has developed among the families involved.“I can’t say enough about this program,” said McCormick of Fair Haven.The sessions, which are a half-hour each for eight weeks, are both fun and challenging for the riders who have ranged in age from 4 to 82. While the program is year-round, the most popular times are spring and fall, when the weather is at its best. During those times the number of students involved is about 90 per eight-week session. During winter and summer, about 60 students take part in the program.The benefits for the students are as varied as the students themselves.For Luke, he just loves riding. “He feels confident and happy here,” his mother said. “He loves the outdoors and hiking … and this addresses his core strength issues.“When they trot, he smiles so much you think his face will crack,” McCormick said. “It’s calming and energizing at the same time.”While SPUR allows participants to do a recreational activity that is available to typical children, McCormick said Luke gets special pleasure knowing that he is the only one in his class at school taking riding lessons. He will be having his next birthday party at the Sunnyside Equestrian Center.Team members from the Sunnyside Equestrian Center’s SPUR program: from left, stable manager Cindy Ross; head instructor Liz Huntington, Karen Jarmusz, assistant superintendent of the Monmouth County Park System; and volunteer and board member Barbara Duggan.Spur was founded in late 1970s when a group of county residents expressed an interest in having a therapeutic riding program in Monmouth County. They approached the park system and the program found a home in Thompson Park in 1981. It then moved to Huber Woods Park and finally in 2002 was located at Sunnyside Recreation Area when SPUR raised the funds to begin building its present home.“The mission of the program is to provide people with disabilities with the opportunity to achieve goals,” said Cindy Ross, the stable manager.Those goals are individualized because of the abilities of the riders, who have a variety of physical and cognitive issues. Many are autistic.While some come to gain strength and balance, others come for the purely social aspect or to have some fun. Some are independent enough that lessons involve just themselves and an instructor; others need more assistance from the trained volunteers.“Some come just looking for something their students can do,” said Liz Huntington, the park system’s equestrian division head instructor.The stable holds 18 horses that are used for all the park system’s equestrian programs, not just SPUR.Barbara Duggan of Holmdel is a SPUR volunteer and a member of its board of directors. She taught school for 32 years and when she retired, she took the year off and then found she was bored. She missed working with children and decided to couple that with her love of horses.“I get the chance to get out with the horses and make good use of my time,” she said. “It gives you a sense of doing good.”Duggan enjoys seeing the transformation that can happen when a student, who might be having a difficult day, gets up on a horse and begins to ride. The problems that were seen for some just melt away; they suddenly relax and enjoy their time on the horse.The former educator, who comes to the equestrian center three times a week, was trained as all volunteers are during the course of a day. The organization requires that volunteers get trained and can give their time at least one day a week during a session. No experience with horses is necessary.“Our students often look forward to seeing their volunteer,” Huntington said.The horses, some who are senior citizens in the equine world, each have their own stalls and go “barefoot,” without horseshoes.Riders use a variety of saddles from western to English; most use bareback pads to get a better feel for movement of the horse under them. That way, the students “can have a conversation with their horses,” Huntington said. “Horses are good teachers.”The fee for a SPUR session of eight-week lessons is $336 per rider. Scholarships are available and are granted based on need.Additional information is available by calling 732-224-1376 or visiting www.monmouthcountyparks.com.last_img read more

Banner-raising night Friday for Saints in Castlegar

first_imgThe Castlegar Recreation Complex will be the site Friday for Banner Raising Night for the current B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League champion Selkirk Saints.Prior to the 7:30 p.m. puck drop against the Eastern Washington University Eagles, the Saints the team will raise last season’s championship banner to the rafters in a pre-game ceremony. “Eastern is a natural geographic rival and they always gives us a tough game,” said Selkirk head coach Jeff Dubois. “They beat us twice in their rink last season and gave us two close games here.”Selkirk will have a tough challenge on their hands if the club hopes to match the accomplishments of last season’s team — new BCIHL records for wins and points in a season along with a 13-gavem win streak to open the year.The Saints do return most of their key players from a year ago, including top forwards Logan Proulx, Scott Swiston, Thomas Hardy, Cody Fidgett and Connor McLaughlin. Selkirk wrapped its -game preseason schedule with a pair of decisive wins over Trinity Western University, outscoring the Spartans by a 9-1 margin last weekend. On Saturday, the Saints outshot their league rivals by a 52-23 margin in a 5-1 victory and looked to be in midseason form. “We had a long training camp and preseason again this year, but the performances — especially this last weekend against TWU — looked much like they did when we were at our best last season,” Dubois explained.”My feeling is that our group isn’t going to take past success for granted. We’re fully motivated to pick up where we left off and be a top team in the BCIHL again.” Friday’s opponent is able to boast more success against Selkirk last season than any other BCIHL club, as Eastern Washington handed the Saints two of their three regular season losses.But the Eagles did have a tough time in Castlegar, where they dropped all three decisions by a combined score of 15-8. EWU is led offensively by former Trail Smoke Eaters and Spokane Braves forward Uriah Machuga, who picked up 30 points as a BCIHL rookie last season. They also added a big gun up front in Beau Walker, a point-per-game forward from the North American Hockey League’s Corpus Christi Ice Rays who began the 2012/13 season playing NCAA Division I hockey at Sacred Heart University. Tickets for Friday’s game will be available at the door for $8 (Adults) and $5 (Selkirk students & staff, seniors, children 6 & older).SAINTS NOTES: 2013/14 Saints Men’s Hockey season passes are now on sale at Selkirk’s Castlegar campus (at the Recreation Counter in the gymnasium) and at upcoming home games. Until October 11, the team is offering a $10 discount off regular pass pricing. For more information on purchasing a Saints season pass, visit www.GoSaints.ca.last_img read more

Black athletes in 1980s, 90s not outspoken, but not silent

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Black Nazarene back in Quiapo Church in record time PLAY LIST 00:55Black Nazarene back in Quiapo Church in record time02:54Praise, festivities at Quiapo Church ahead of Black Nazarene’s return02:08‘Andas wall’ prevents blocking of Black Nazarene image02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “But that’s fine, because that has always been there,” he said. “That was there during slavery. Nat Turner comes and says, ‘Hey, let’s run away. Let’s get some guns. Let’s get some machetes, and let’s fight for our freedom.’ And you always have someone say, ‘You kidding me?’”Dominique Wilkins, an NBA Hall of Famer known as the “Human Highlight Film” for his thunderous, acrobatic dunks during the 1980s and ‘90s, believes social media have amplified athletes’ voices — and the Twitter-less past did not offer sports stars the soap boxes they have now.“We didn’t have a platform because it wasn’t that type of media around,” Wilkins said. “You had the normal, everyday media, but you didn’t have Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, you didn’t have any of that.”Wilkins, 58, said people are completely off base when they say his generation didn’t do anything or care about what was happening in their communities and in the world.“We grew up in a different era. We were born in the civil rights era. I remember when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated,” said Wilkins, an NBA analyst for Atlanta Hawks games for Fox SportsSouth. “People who say we didn’t care don’t know what they’re talking about. … We cared. We were a part of it, so we cared.“Our parents lived it. Our grandparents lived it. How can we not care?”The activism of the time was different, said sports historian Victoria Jackson, who works in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.Behind the scenes, superstar athletes worked in their communities and with schools — without making their activities known or asking for publicity for their time. Millions of dollars went to schools like historically black colleges and universities — as well as other deserving charities including social justice charities — without public acknowledgment, Jackson said.“While we might have seen a decline in athletes voicing strong opinions publicly about systemic racism, police brutality, criminal justice and education and residential and workplace reform, and perhaps the growth of endorsements contributed to this, I would suspect — if we did a little digging — we’d find countless stories of athletes doing work in the space of social justice and that this is the constant theme in the long historical arc,” she said.There were some who spoke loudly. A dashiki-wearing point guard Craig Hodges, Jordan’s teammate on the Chicago Bulls, presented then-President George H. W. Bush with a letter in 1991, urging more concern for African-Americans during one of the Bulls’ championship trips to the White House. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nash, Kidd among finalists for basketball Hall of Fame Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this March 15, 1996, file photo, Denver Nuggets guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf stands with his teammates and prays during the national anthem before the game with the Chicago Bulls in Chicago. During the 1995-96 season, Abdul-Rauf began stretching or staying in the locker room during the national anthem. He was suspended for one game. But at season’s end, despite averaging 19.2 points and 6.8 assists, he was traded from the Nuggets to the Sacramento Kings. And when his contract expired two years later, he couldn’t get a tryout and was out of the league at age 29. (AP Photo/Michael S. Green, File)By the 1980s, America finally publicly embraced the black athlete, looking past skin color to see athleticism and skill, rewarding stars with multimillion-dollar athletic contracts, movie deals, lucrative shoe endorsements and mansions in all-white enclaves.Who didn’t want to be like Mike?ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments But those fortunate black athletes like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods did not, for the most part, use their celebrity to speak out. Most were silent on issues like the crack epidemic, apartheid in South Africa, the racial tensions exposed by the O.J. Simpson trial and the police brutality that set off the Rodney King riots.Of course, there were exceptions — more, perhaps, than are generally remembered. And the times and the media of those times did not necessarily lend themselves to protest. But while Jack Johnson and Muhammad Ali once stood up— and more recently, Colin Kaepernick , Lebron James, Serena Williams and others would not back down — black athletes of the ’80s and ’90s were known mostly for playing games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It seems to me that we need to rethink how we define ‘activism’ since black athletes certainly were involved in various social causes during that era. Anecdotally, I think about them donating to various scholarship funds and participating in ’say no to drugs” campaigns,’” said Johnny Smith, who is the Julius C. “Bud” Shaw Professor of Sports, Society, and Technology at Georgia Tech. “That’s certainly a form of activism. However, on the whole, the most prominent black male athletes were not confrontational or outspoken.”When Harvey Gantt took on conservative Republican Sen. Jesse Helms in 1990, Jordan — the undisputed superstar athlete of his time — refused to support the black Democrat in his native North Carolina, reportedly saying Republicans buy shoes, too. It took until 2016 for Jordan to finally speak out strongly on a social issue by condemning the killing of black men at the hands of police, writing in a column published by The Undefeated website.Woods said this week that throughout America’s history, blacks have struggled.“A lot of different races have had struggles, and obviously the African Americans here in this country have had their share of struggles,” Woods said. “Obviously has it gotten better, yes, but I still think there’s room for more improvement.”The mold of the public activist — the person who is willing to lead but also willing to lose everything for a cause — doesn’t fit everyone, said Harry Edwards, a scholar of race and sports who has worked as a consultant for several U.S. pro teams.Some guys are fine “picking up a paycheck” because they don’t want to be bothered, Edwards said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES During the 1995-96 season, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf began stretching or staying in the locker room during the national anthem. Abdul-Rauf was suspended for one game. But at season’s end, despite averaging 19.2 points and 6.8 assists, he was traded from the Denver Nuggets to the Sacramento Kings. And when his contract expired two years later, he couldn’t get a tryout and was out of the league at age 29.Those protests, some say, may not represent the most radical actions of black athletes of the time, which were in the boardrooms, not on the streets.Jordan built a brand that turned him into a Nike powerhouse, where he brought African-American businessmen and women up the ladder with him, before becoming the first black sports billionaire with his NBA team ownership of the Charlotte Hornets.Magic Johnson, in addition to building a business empire, spoke out passionately about the HIV/AIDS crisis after contracting the disease. The NFL’s Man of the Year award was long named for Walter Payton, who pushed organ donation into the public limelight in his native Chicago and around the country through his foundation while advocating for minority ownership in professional football.Mike Glenn, a 10-year NBA veteran who played from 1977-87 and member of the National Basketball Retired Players Association board of directors, believes how those first black millionaires went about their business helped build the foundation that allows athletes to speak out today.“I think all of them were aware of backlash,” said Glenn, a collector of documents on African American history and culture . “They were aware that if you say certain things it may hurt your brand, or may hurt your ability to do things or that maybe even the league would take a different look at you. I think it was an insecurity of their position regardless of how much success they had.”Jordan and other iconic athletes of that period established the power of individual sports brands, a transitional platform Glenn believes athletes benefit from today.“LeBron has took what Michael had,” Glenn said, “and taken it a step further.”last_img read more

Whose Side Is Unenlightened?

first_imgHere’s an opportunity for readers to compare arguments on both sides of the debate about origins and the nature of science. Donald Kennedy, Editor-in-Chief of Science, wrote an editorial last week that claims the sunrise of the intelligent design movement threatens “twilight for the Enlightenment.”1 He wrote that the “retrogression to the pre-Darwinian zoologist William Paley” is undermining the heritage of David Hume and “developing conviction that substituted faith in experiment for reliance on inherited dogma.” Chuck Colson in his Breakpoint commentary for April 8 puts the shoe of enlightenment on the other foot. He countered that the Darwinists have been in the business of suppressing the weaknesses of their theory. He quotes Rodney Stark, who wrote that evolution “has primarily been an attack on religion by militant atheists who wrap themselves in the mantle of science in an effort to refute all religious claims concerning a creator—an effort that has also often attempted to suppress all scientific criticisms of Darwin’s work.”1Donald Kennedy, “Twilight for the Enlightenment?”, Science, Vol 308, Issue 5719, 165 , 8 April 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1112920].Kennedy could enlighten all of us by explaining how molecular machines, DNA transcription and replication with all its error-correcting mechanisms, and the human brain arose from mindless, undirected process of chance and natural law. He could further explain how refusing to hear honest questions about Darwinian evolution exemplifies a conviction that substitutes faith in experiment for reliance on inherited dogma. What science needs today is not another Enlightenment, an era that produced a mixed bag of atheists and forgotten skeptics as well as deeply spiritually-minded scientists. It needs to go back further in time to what made enlightenment possible, to the period where brave men challenged establishment dogma at the risk of their lives. It needs a Reformation.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Contest winners’ products reaching broader audience

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentSarah Steinbrunner isn’t a mom, but the 21-year-old Ohio State University senior is well aware that, for many children, the traditional lunch staple of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich isn’t an option. Too many kids these days have peanut allergies, some so serious that peanut products aren’t allowed anywhere near them.Accepting the Signature Food Contest award for Beannut Butter in 2018 were, from left, Collin Crooks, a sophomore at Ohio State University and Banzo Foods bookkeeper; Taylor Crooks, company CEO and 2018 Ohio University graduate and Sarah Steinbrunner, a senior at OSU and the company’s Chief Science Officer. With them is Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Adam Sharp.So she and her boyfriend, Taylor Crooks, 22, decided to develop a “butter” that tastes like peanuts but contains no nuts at all.Their Beannut Butter (which is being rebranded with the name Yippea) was one of two products that judges picked in July as the 2018 winners of the Ohio Signature Food Contest, a statewide competition held annually by the Center for Innovative Food Technology and sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.Last year’s contest, which showcases innovative products, drew 75 entries. A panel of judges scored each product on its viability, commercialization potential and overall marketplace appeal, as well as the entrant’s business strategy.Also rising to the top was Sweet and Spicy Maple BBQ Sauce, the brainchild of former Bissell Maple Farm employee Tanya Kidd, who created a sauce that’s a blend of maple syrup, tomato paste and a bit of cayenne pepper.“There’s a million barbecue sauces out there,” said Nate Bissell, 39, owner of the farm in Jefferson in Ashtabula County. “But this is maple based and that’s what makes it unique.”Bissell has been making the sauce for eight years and selling it mostly out of the farm’s storefront. Its main ingredient comes from sugar water that’s left after maple syrup has been made. The sugar rinse water, which is about 3 to 5 percent maple sugar, is boiled down into maple syrup for the sauce. Last year, that resulted in 400 gallons of Sweet and Spicy sauce.“Basically we recycle that rinse water instead of putting it down the drain,” Bissell said. He said employees also steam-clean stainless steel drums that other farmers use for making maple syrup, and that rinse water also is boiled down and used for the sauce.“I have all the equipment to bottle it and we already had it analyzed,” he said. “But we need to find someone to help us package it, someone to partner with. I’m hoping that winning this contest will help us find a co-packer who could make it. We’re hoping the additional advice and guidance we get will help us move to the next step.”Steinbrunner and Crooks were in a different place when they won the contest; they were just starting their business, Banzo Foods, to sell the bean butter spread that Steinbrunner had created after much trial and error in the kitchen of her OSU-area apartment. As a food-science major she’d help develop an allergy-free cookie out of garbanzo beans with a group of other OSU students during her junior year. The effort brought out an entrepreneurial streak she hadn’t known she’d had and she decided to make an allergy-free spread.“There was a bigger market for a spread because there’s a huge gap in the marketplace for something that’s nut free,” Steinbrunner said. “We really want to market it as something that’s safe for people to eat. It’s never going to taste exactly like peanut butter, but it’s a lot closer to the taste than other alternatives.”Besides their original product, Steinbrunner and Crooks have developed two additional flavors — chocolate and spice cookie — and have sold the product at a farmer’s market, a specialty store and on Amazon. They’re negotiating to sell their butters in a national grocery chain and their goal is to eventually find investors and mass market the product.In the meantime, they’ve entered the product into national competitions at several universities and have received plenty of business advice, as well as certifications for their creation through the Signature Food Contest.“They got us ready to go in to talk to retailers and not be embarrassed,” said Crooks, a 2018 Ohio University graduate and Banzo Foods CEO.About CIFT Signature Food Contest in 2019The deadline to enter this year’s Signature Food Contest is May 31. Applicants must have an interest in commercializing the product, provide product samples and discuss market opportunities and business plans.Contest winners receive the support from CIFT, which includes testing products for shelf stability, advice on labeling, business planning, product development, regulations and batch-product preparations and the use of a commercially licensed kitchen in Bowling Green.Products do not have to be fully designed or ready for market. An application and additional information about the contest is available online.At left: Nate Bissell’s Sweet and Spicy maple sugar infused barbecue sauce was one of two winners of 2018’s Center for Innovative Food Technology Signature Food Contest.Photos by Peggy Turbett Leave a Commentlast_img read more

No Friend of Mine: Friendster to Delete Personal Data by End of May

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#social networks#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Friendster, one of the original players in the social networking arena, is changing the nature of its business to focus more on games and entertainment. Hence, all profile data that Friendster has been saving over the years will be deleted as of May 31, 2011, according to reports.Want to save some personal history? Your old profile information, as well as your comments, pictures, messages, blogs and groups, can be extracted using the Friendster Exporter.A Snapshot of ReadWriteWeb’s Friendster Coverage:Friendster Relaunching: A Lesson In How Not To BrandFriendster Expands in Asia, Hires Philippines Country Sales ManagerFriendster Hires Senior Product ManagerFacebook Goes International: Sees Impressive Growth Rates in Africa and AsiaThe Social Networking Faceoff Social Networking: Time For A Silver BulletSee the rest of our social networking archivesFriendster is not deleting accounts, it is just stripping them of rich information that is presumably more onerous to store than basic profile facts. In the Friendster help forum the company outlines how to use the Friendster Exporter.“If you do not wish to keep all this history or information, then you do not need to do anything. Whether you use the Exporter or not, your Friendster account will not be deleted. Your list of friends will be preserved, along with your basic profile information. Your wallet and games details will also remain unchanged,” the company wrote.The Exporter tool will download your information as a .zip file or you can send your photos to Flickr, Photobucket or Multiply. Friendster was acquired for $40 million in 2009 by MOL Global. The company is the owner of a payment service provider that powers mostly game payments in Southeast Asia. The move to more online gaming and entertainment makes more sense for MOL Global than archiving a stagnant social network.Friendster was not a service whose idea was “ahead of its time.” Friendster was just first. It was specifically of its time and, in retrospect to what has come afterward, not particularly refined. It was never a juggernaut even if it did have a substantial following. As one ReadWriteWeb reporter said this morning upon hearing the news; “Oh, that is sad. Wait, what was Friendster again?” A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts dan rowinskilast_img read more