McConnell’s Shunning Of Obama Supreme Court Nominee Sets Bad Precedent

Business / November 20, 2017

When the transition period between the Obama Administration and Trump Administration took place, the big debate was passing President Obama’s Supreme Court nominations. Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia had passed away and the race was on to replace him. Obama had Merrick Garland tabbed but the thing was the Republican led Senate was bent on blocking any Obama nominees. That blocking charge was led by none other than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. As we know Trump would take office and in no time Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to replace Scalia. A recent piece by Frank Garrison explores the issue ( The sad thing is that McConnell and the Republicans …..

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Here’s how Apple’s new iPhone 8 and iPhone X compare with the top Android smartphones

Business / September 13, 2017

We won’t know exactly how Apple’s new iPhones stack up with the competition until we get them in hand. The iPhone X matches rivals with its large screen. But at least on paper, its new flagship iPhone Xcompares favorably with its rivals — at least if you can set aside its $1,000 price. Apple unveiled its latest iPhones, which include the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus as well as the iPhone X, at a press eventon Tuesday. In looks as well as in specs, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus represent incremental updates from last year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The most noticeable difference is that the backs of the …..

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Mall Giant Westfield Corp Adding Apartments to Portfolio

Real Estate / November 8, 2016

Westfield Corporation is best known for it’s high-end shopping malls. They currently have malls in the UK, US, and Italy. The 35 malls comprise almost 6,500 retail shops which produced $16 billion in sales for 2015. They are now (slowly but surely) entering into the residential real estate development arena. Can a company known for delivering a quality, high-brow, retail experience to consumers, also provide the comfort, safety, and convenience of home-life? New Growth Potential According to their own website, Westfield is eager to polish their portfolio by, “…exploring opportunities in new markets.” This year, Westfield has been approved to build apartment complexes in the UK and the US. While …..

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Will AT&T’s Bid for Time Warner Succeed?

Business / October 31, 2016

AT&T’s blockbuster bid for Time Warner Inc. might be a boon for investment bankers, lawyers and lobbyists, but it is anyone’s guess whether investors, employees and consumers ultimately would benefit from the combination. Since the $85.4-billion deal was unveiled last weekend, AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson and Time Warner Inc. Chief Executive Jeffrey Bewkes have extolled the advantages of marrying the nation’s second largest wireless phone provider with a leading entertainment company, which owns such assets as HBO, CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network and the Warner Bros. film and TV studio in Burbank. AT&T estimated that it could achieve $1 billion in cost savings in three years after buying Time Warner. …..

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Secure Your Retirement With Rental Properties

Real Estate / October 27, 2016

Retirement can be some of the best years of your life if you have planned for it properly. By proper planning, think mainly about your financial situation in retirement. Way too often people will work their entire lives only to realize they do not have enough income to truly enjoy their retirement and will have to keep working in order to simply pay their bills.  I.R.A. and a 401k type retirement accounts will certainly be a big part of your retirement income but the one retirement strategy that never fails and has worked for many is to invest in real estate early in life. Why Rental Property? There are several …..

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Are Canvas Grocery Bags Really Better for the Environment?

Environment News / September 30, 2016

Canvas bags might actually be worse for the environment than the plastic ones they are meant to replace. In 2008, the UK Environment Agency (UKEA) published a study of resource expenditures for various bags: paper, plastic, canvas, and recycled-polypropylene tote bags. Surprisingly, the authors found that in typical patterns of use and disposal, consumers seeking to minimize pollution and carbon emissions should use plastic grocery bags and then reuse those bags at least once—as trash-can liners or for other secondary tasks. Conventional plastic bags made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE, the plastic sacks found at grocery stores) had the smallest per-use environmental impact of all those tested. Cotton tote bags, by …..

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History of Westfield Corp

BusinessReal Estate / August 9, 2016

History Founded by John Saunders and Frank Lowy, Westfield Corp originated in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia in July of 1959. It was floated on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1960 and expanded into New South Wales (where it has 5 centres), Victoria, and Queensland. In 1977, it set up shop in the U.S, and by 2005, it had centres in 15 U.S. States throughout the country. In the 1990s, the company bought and rebranded Fletchers stores in New Zealand. In 2007, Westfield opened a new New Zealand centre. It is still listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, but split into two entities (Scentre Group and Westfield Corp). It …..

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