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Prison Reform is a Liberal Goal of Charles Koch

Charles Koch is half of the famous Koch brothers who are intimately involved in the Republican pay and expected to be major donors to various conservative candidates during the 2016 election cycle during which they are expected to contribute $90 million to candidates through their Super PACs. The Koch Brothers are two of the sons of Fred Koch who started Koch Industries which has grown into a large private business that has its hand in a variety of industries. Much of the political contributions the Koch brothers make go overwhelmingly to Republican candidates who fight for smaller and less intrusive government as opposed to liberal Democrats who are generally supportive of higher taxes and larger government, there is one issue where Koch is liberal; prison reform.

Charles Koch even came out in support of President Barack Obama’s plans to reduce the war on drugs and to lessen the mandatory sentencing associated with some drug laws which have led to a glut in our prison system. While Republicans tend to support tougher stances on crime, Koch believes that penalties on non-violent crimes should be lessened and designed to be reformative rather than to simply penalize those who do something wrong.

There is a lot at stake here as the cost of keeping individuals in prison is three or four times the cost of education costs and has a bill of $80 billion each and every year. Prison costs are a major budget item for the United States and finding ways to limit this cost and to improve the fairness and efficiency of the criminal justice system should be the overall goal, per a spokesman for Koch. Further, this is wasted money that destroys lives and doesn’t result in the societal benefits that it could.

The criminal justice system punishes those who are uneducated and poor in significantly higher than numbers and seems to have a separate set of rules for those who are wealthy, who get special treatment under a court structure that favors those with high priced attorneys. To alleviate this injustice an increased investment in education can help to reduce the need to imprison people and when imprisonment is undertaken, the penalty for non-violent crimes should work to reduce their time in prison and allow them to be functioning members in society by providing them with job skills and treatment for drug addiction.

Amazingly Koch’s ideas on prison reform are liberal and contrary to Republican party stances which shows the depth of his world vision as well as his flexibility to some issues.

Keith Mann Boosts The Moral of New York Police Officers

The New York Police Department has recently been plagued by violence and protests. Businessman Keith Mann and spouse Keely provided lunch in January and February to the precinct at 54th Street as a thank you for their services. They felt the officers needed a moral boost in light of all the negative publicity.

Keely’s uncle is a Staten Island detective so the recent attacks on the police force have become personal for the Manns. He prefers not to have any of his family hurt due to people acting out carelessly against officers in any type of situation. Police should be thanked for the job they do instead of being assaulted. Citizens should try to help these officers whenever possible instead of obstructing their efforts. More than 150 New Yorkers have also showed their support for the city’s police department by attending a rally in January in honor of the officers.

Keith Mann began his career in New York as the Managing Director for Dynamic Executive Search in the alternative investment department. In 2002, he began to fill the staffing needs of hedge fund firms with his Alternative Investment Practice program. In 2006, his began offering his services to private equity firms. Even though he was Senior Vice President of the company at the time, he left Dynamic Executive Search in 2009 to co-establish a new company called Dynamic Search Partners. Acting as the CEO, this company offers staffing for investment companies especially those involved in hedge funds. He assists businesses in the United States, Asia and Europe.

Keith Mann and his company support many charitable organizations like Hope and Heroes Foundation for research of childhood cancer and DonorsChoose.org for supplies for classroom projects. He is also involved in programs for Uncommon Schools graduates to find employment after college and the Animal Liberation Front for animal rights.

I Needed To Hire A Cleaning Company, So I Chose Handy

For years, I’ve been cleaning my home and working part-time, and things weren’t all that bad. However, just last month by boss asked me if I could work full-time and work weekends if he asked as well. I was excited about the opportunity, and I quickly told him that I would love to work full-time and have overtime too. I was working, and then I would come home and clean my home. However, I began to get too exhausted to keep up with everything. I knew I wanted to keep working full-time because I had been looking forward to that for a long time.

I hated my house being messy, and I couldn’t stand coming home to a dirty house if I hadn’t had the time to clean it the day before or the morning before I left for work. I chose to do something about my problem. I decided that I could afford to hire a cleaning company. I had always done the cleaning in my home myself, so for a little bit I pondered on the idea of having someone else come into my home and clean it. I felt a little guilty having someone else clean my home, but I finally chose to have the Handy come in and clean my home three times a week, and they’ve been great so far.

When I go to work, I don’t have to worry about coming home and cleaning my home because I know that it will already be clean when I get back, so I can finally relax after I get home from work. Handy has been there on time, every time that they were supposed to be there. They have done the cleaning jobs that I’ve asked them to do, and when I needed other things cleaned, they’ve done that too. Handy is the best cleaning company that I know of. I know they are the only one that I have ever used, but they are everything that I need in a cleaning company.

The Handy workers answer my questions when I have concerns, they come to my home when I want them to, and they clean my home very well. They even changed the time they were supposed to come one day because my work schedule had changed for that day. I am very impressed with the cleaning that Handy has done for me, and I would recommend this wonderful company to anyone who needs their home cleaned. Follow Handy on Facebook.

Help Avi Weisfogel Make the World Smile

Avi Weisfogel has established a Go Fund Me campaign which can be found here for those interested in making donations. The whole idea behind this campaign is to raise money for the cause by the name of Operation Smile. Operation smile is a non-for-profit organization that provides medical services for children with cleft palate or cleft lip who cannot afford or don’t have access to health care. Operation Smile has a team of over thousands of medical volunteers from around the world that span 80 countries who have helped bring these medical services to people on six of the seven continents.

The starter of the Go Fund Me campaign Avi Weisfogel is a dentist which explains his interest in the Operation Smile Charity. In a video describing his fund raising campaign, Weisfogel describes that it was his love for humanity combined with his passion for the field of dentistry that encouraged him to start this campaign to raise money for Operation Smile. Every dollar that is raised by Weisfogel will go straight to Operation Smile.

Dr. Avi Weisfogel studied at Rutgers University where he earned a BA in psychology as well as biology. Then, he went on to earn a DDS in dentistry from the New York University College. In 1999, Weisfogel started his own dental practice by the name of Old Bridge Dental Care. It is here where he began establishing his very successful career and reputation. He worked at this practice for 15 years and won Best Dentist award. It was during this time that he began to be intrigued how dentists can help people who suffer from a variety of sleep disorders.

This passion ended up having Dr. Weisfogel open up another practice of his, but this time it wasn’t just dentistry. Owner Unlimited Sleep Patient was started by Dr. Weisfogel in 2012 with the vision of helping dentists become more educated and qualified to work with sleep patients. Then in 2014, he established Dental Sleep Masters in which himself and other dentists began to put what they had learned into practice as they try to help patients cure their sleep disorders through the use of oral appliances. Dr. Weisfogel continues to run his practice and is based out of New Jersey. Follow Avi on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on his GoFundMe campaign.

Stocks Recover Slightly after a Shaky Start in 2016

The fourth week of the year saw US Stocks and the oil prices make a positive turn after a depressed start to the year. According to a CNBC report by Evelyn Cheng, at the close of the week on Friday 22, S&P 500 was 2% higher, a mark that above the psychological 1900 level. The energy sector witnessed the biggest gains at 4.3%, with oil closing at its highest level since Jan 8, at $32. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 16,210, with Apple and Goldman Sachs leading the march. The 5.3% jump in Apple stock prices is largely attributed to the sentiments by Piper Jaffray investment firm for investors to buy Apple stock in anticipation of a 50% jump in stock prices, once Apple 7 is released in September.

American Express was the biggest loser in Dow; Amex stock price fell 12.1 percent during the week. The Nasdaq Composite Index closed up 2.5% with shares of iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology gaining 3.3% to close the week 1.35% higher. The president of EverBank World Markets attributed the positive return in the markets to the recovery in oil. In Asia, the Nikkei 225 surged 5.88%, while the Shanghai Composite closed 1.25% higher. In Europe, STOXX 600 closed 3% higher, while the German DAX ended the week 2% higher. Some of the gains witnessed on Friday are attributed to the ECB stimulus package. Although ECB did not make any changes to the rates on Thursday January 21, the remarks by ECB Chief, Mario Draghi raised hope of more stimulus in March.

On the overall, all major US averages closed the week at least 0.5% higher. The NASDAQ composite led the way with a gain of 2.3%. According to CNBC, the head of global equity trading at Highland Capital Management (HCM) Joe Sowin, the recovery was mainly as a result of short covering. Sowin observed that the bottoming of stocks on Jan 20, gave leeway to beat down sectors such as energy and materials to lead the recovery. Highland Capital Management manages hedge funds, distressed investments fund and structured investment. The Co-founder, President and CFA of the Dallas based firm is James Dondero.

Jim Co-founded HCM in 1993 with Mark Okada. He has over 30 years experience working in the credit markets. The SEC registered investment firm together with its affiliates controls about $20 billion under its asset management portfolio. Jim is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). He serves as board member in several institutions, including American Banknote and MGM Studios. He is currently the Board Chairman for CCS Medical Corporation, NexBank and Cornerstone Healthcare.

This article recapped http://www.cnbc.com/2016/01/22/us-markets.html

2016 New Years Resolution for Dating and Lifestyle

Skout has released a survey for New Years which has revealed the trends that kick off 2016. There is also an idea on how friends can be helpful in getting people to stick to their resolutions. More than 3,000 people have been surveyed in order to figure out the new year resolution trends. They have found that friends can be very helpful for better years. This is actually a finding that is not very surprising. After all, friends can really improve life for people that have them. Among the resolutions that people have that friends could help with is dieting, saving money, getting a better job, living a more active lifestyle and other options.

Skout itself is very helpful when it comes to meeting people and making friends. Skout has started as a social network that helps people meet others in order to grow their social circle. However, many people have used it for setting up dates. So Skout has revamped its site as a social network that could be used for finding dates. Skout is actually one of the social networks that is making a huge difference in people’s lives. While other networks allow you to make friends online, Skout encourages people to meet their friends.

Skout shines when it comes to people who are on the go. With the feature called Fuse, it allows people to send a “fuse”. A fuse is a message that will disappear automatically within 10 minutes. Even then, a “fuse” is helpful when it comes to sending reminders. One thing about Fuse is that it does not allow friends to defriend. At the same time, it does allow users a chance to opt out of a group. Skout has grown very quickly when it comes to its user base at about 1.5 million users every month. Skout has attained profitability. One thing that makes them profitable is that they are willing to take feedback form their users and get a feel for how they think so that they can adjust their service based on what they find.

Skout has shown that friendship is actually very important to a good life. This is not just online friendships. This is friendships with people that meet personally. Nikki Castellanos has concluded that there are a multitude of ways that friends could improve someone’s life. Skout has conducted the survey on November 2015 for members of the social network.

Dick DeVos Shows Commitment to Education Through Generous Donations

I was excited to find out that of the $90.0 million dollars devoted to helping our society by Dick DeVos and his family, through their 5 foundations in 2013, about half was directed to support efforts in education. Both public and private K-12 schools, Christian schools, and universities received much needed funding from the DeVos family, and included gifts to educational service organizations. I was impressed that most of the family’s donations fell into 4 general categories: education, health and community, church and faith-based organizations, and the arts. None of these donations at all involved political contributions. The majority of the donations, which numbered nearly 600, went to organizations in the Grand Rapids area and several other areas of their home state of Michigan. As a percentage, a full 48% was spent on education.

There are those who say they have done it all. And then there are those who actually have. I believe DeVos can say it honestly and also add that his faith, his family support, and his activated intelligence have made him into a philanthropic success story.

I am incredibly grateful to my parents for initiating and encouraging by example the tradition of philanthropy within our family. We are happy to be a part of this great community!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, January 4, 2016

Whether it was with basketball’s Orlando Magic, at Amway, or The Windquest Group where he now serves as President, Dick has proved to be an icon of strength and integrity. His career has been long and impressive with big titles at companies with familiar names, but he hasn’t let all that get to his head.

Fortunately, DeVos has proved to not be a stingy miser keeping his light under a basket. He seems to personify the concept that, ‘with great reward, comes great responsibility,’ with his activism in education, especially. The Education Freedom Fund has awarded to 4,000+ children in need, full scholarships to the West Michigan Aviation Academy. Dick DeVos founded this wonderful education organization that challenges students with a rigorous full education with a focus on aviation.

Longtime Republican Financial Supporter Worried About the Influence of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump

There are very few names that equate to wealth and power like Charles Koch. He and his brother own the majority shares of Koch Industries. Born in 1935, Charles Koch has been active in the political realm for the majority of his life. He has been content to be a behind the scenes player, providing financial support as well as logistical support to many candidates in the Republican party. However, with the 2016 election, Charles Koch has felt the need to become more vocal in addressing what he feels are concerns with the two leading Republican candidates, namely Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

When discussing the Republican presidential candidate front runners, Charles Koch made it very clear that it was difficult for him to get enthused about these individuals. He said that a lot of the things that he personally was passionate about and things that he believes the country needs are being ignored by these two candidates.

One topic that was discussed in the interview with Charles Koch was Donald Trump’s plan to prevent foreign-born Muslims from coming to the United States. Mr. Koch’s response was that these policies are the antithesis of what American ideals represent. He went on to comment that if these policies were enacted, it would destroy our free society. He said that if a society is intent on defending liberty, they first need to defend the liberty of the people who they like the least.

Koch also responded to Ted Cruz’s plan to “carpet bomb” Islamic militants by asking if Cruz planned on going from country to country bombing Muslims. It was clear from Mr. Koch’s response that he did not believe that the policies of Ted Cruz or Donald Trump would create an atmosphere conducive to protecting American interests at home or abroad.

During the interview, Mr. Koch emphasized that he felt it was important for Americans to defend themselves and improve their intelligence, but at the same time steps needed to be taken to prevent the creation of an atmosphere that was conducive to encouraging more people to join Islamic terrorist groups like ISIS.

The world of politics is not something that is new to Koch. Last year the Koch brothers made it clear that they, along with other donors of a similar mindset, would be willing to spend almost $900 million helping conservative candidates and supporting conservative policies in the 2016 election.

Read the original article here.

Will The Stock Market Come back To Life In 2016?

Forbes Magazine is known for reporting financial news and the trends that investors need to make educated decisions when they are investing their money. The fact that the stock market did not have a great year in 2015 is no secret. A recent Forbes.com article outlined the ups and downs of the market over the past twelve months. The article highlighted some of the reasons why investors didn’t get the returns they expected, and Forbes also pointed out that those investors are worried that 2016 will be a carbon copy of 2015.

No one can predict what will happen to stocks this year, but according to Forbes, the fact that investors are worried could mean the stock market may surprise everyone and have an excellent year. There’s no proof that will happen especially if the first ten days of 2016 are taken into account. China is still causing issues, and some investors believe China will continue to drag the U.S. Stock Market down in 2016. A recent report indicated that the Chinese government would have to invest trillions of dollars to fix their economic issues.

But investors like Jim Dondero know that China’s economic problems will not impact all stocks. Mr. Dondero is the Chief Executive Officer of the Dallas-based investment firm Highland Capital Management. Highland Capital is a very successful hedge fund management company, and Jim Dondero has played an important role in that success over the last 22 years.

Dondero is considered an expert when it comes to alternative credit solutions, so the stock market is just one investment vehicle he uses to produce returns for his limited partners. Dondero is also an expert in emerging market investments, so Jim is well aware of the China situation and how to invest profitably in spite of it. Highland Capital has offices in Sao Paulo, New York, Seoul and Singapore so the company and Dondero can react to global economic changes quickly. Watch Jim and the Highland Team ring the closing bell of the NYSE below.

Jim Dondero and other investors think Forbes.com is right about a decent year in the stock market this year. Forbes thinks smart investors will invest in proven growth stocks in 2016, and Highland Capital, under Jim Dondero’s guidance, did that at the end of 2015. Dondero increased his shares in healthcare stocks as well as shares in information technology stocks. In the article, Forbes.com said that skeptical worry produces better stock results. The investors that stay on course and play it safe in 2016 should have a decent year.

Bringing Traditional Ganoderma to the Rest of the World

Bernardo Chua is the chief executive and founder of Organo Gold, the gourmet coffee company that accommodates consumers’ active lifestyles.  He’s been praised in all sorts of different media, and you’ll find that it’s well worth it because his coffee is amazing.

He started Organo Gold, with headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, to sell Certified Organic Ganoderma Lucidium through a variety of coffees, teas and personal care products.

Ganoderma Lucidium, commonly known as the lingzi mushroom, is frequently used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a potent immune system regulator that Chua chose to bring to the rest of the world.

Chua, who uses the cost effective network distribution system to deliver the products, is known as one of the top names in the direct sales industry.

The products are intended to go well with any lifestyle and are improved with ancient Chinese herbal remedies that have been respected for hundred of years. Chua became one of the first to market the herb lucratively with coffees and teas.

Before Organo, the products remained for the most part unknown outside of Eastern herbal medicine. Chua, who spent a great deal of time educating people through his SlideShare presentations about the many benefits the herb can provide, decided to deliver the knowledge of these special ingredients to the global community.

The company, which began in 2008 in a small shop with only three employees, today is working in more than 38 countries and recently launched a branch in Turkey, celebrating the 39th country in which the global gourmet coffee company does business.

Within five years, Direct Selling News reported Organo Gold as the 55th largest direct selling company in the world.

Organo’s vision is to help people improve their lives by reaching new levels of prosperity, a healthy life and a sense of balance through its products.

During his career, Chua has been recognized with different awards and in February last year, Chua and two of his Organo Gold team were given the esteemed Dangal ng Bayan Awards.

The award acknowledges outstanding Filipino products and self-starters. Chua was credited with the Outstanding Global Entrepreneur award for his role as chief executive and founder of Organo Gold.