Trade Adjustment Assistance Bill Falls in the House

The House overwhelmingly voted against a trade deal that would provide President Obama with fast track authority to make trade agreements. The Trade Adjustment Assistance bill was denied by a landslide vote, effectively shutting down a key part of Obama’s quest for fast track trade authority. This piece of legislation was required in order to continue efforts for the Trans Pacific Partnership, which has been a topic of heated debate throughout politics over the last few months. The TPP would set up a new free trade arrangement through a group of Asian nations, which has been a mainstay of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. Although the TAA was denied, the TPP is not completely dead yet.

The Trade Adjustment Assistance bill required all of the Democratic representatives’ support, and has split most Republican representatives. Although the bill did receive support from both sides of the aisle, Democrats overwhelmingly voted against the bill. This happened in even more numbers than expected after Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made a statement that she would be voting against the measure. Most Democrats followed her lead, despite the efforts by the President. Republicans and commentators are criticizing Obama relentlessly for not having support from his own party, and this is another example of his lacking. He did not have the ability to rally his party in support of a mainstay bill, showing his disconnect with Congress as Mikal Watts points out.


Sharks attacked two teenagers on Sunday in Oak Island, North Carolina.

According to Buzzfeed, a 13-year-old girl was attacked by a shark and lost her left arm at approximately 4p.m. Her arm was amputated below the elbow and she also endured a leg injury.

On Facebook, the Mayor Better Wallace of Oak Island confirmed that the girl lost her arm, but will lose her left leg as well. The teenage girl was bleeding abundantly. However, responders decreased the bleeding, while speaking to the teenage girl and making sure she was conscious and calm.

Approximately 90 minutes after the first occurrence, a shark in the same proximity attacked a 16-year-old boy. The teenager lost his arm in the incident reports Igor Cornelsen.

Brian Watts, Brunswick County’s emergency director, stated that both teenagers were out of surgery the same day.

After the incidents, officers were sent to the region to warn people to leave the water. A helicopter was sent to guard the ocean for sharks.

The serious injures were not average bites from a black tip shark or a spinner shark. Both sharks are common in the North Carolina area. However, another species, such as a bull shark or tiger shark, might be involved. Since uncommon sharks attacked, the incidents are threatening the community.

The current shark attacks happened approximately 30 miles, where a shark bit another 13-year-old girl on Thursday.

San Francisco Residents May Soon Be Paying More for Soda

If you love soda and you’re living in San Francisco get ready for a possible increase in price. It appears that a soda taxwill soon be imposed. Also be ready for reminders of how unhealthy this and other sugary drinks are. Billboards will be erected with messages about the health risks of these tasty, but not healthy drinks.

People are divided on this issue, as you can imagine. There are those who feel that these actions are a type of public service for residents. Then there are others who find a tax on their drink of choice unfair. Last year neither the warnings, nor tax were passed. However, this year appears to be a different story.

With Berkeley being the first, and San Francisco poised to the be the second, it may not be long before this trend spreads.

The Weather In Alaska Is Changing: The State Had The Hottest May In Almost 100 Years

The Town Of Eagle Recorded A 91° Reading In May

There are members of Congress and elected officials that doubt that the world is experiencing climate change. But there is little doubt that parts of the world that were considered very cold places now have incredibly warm weather. Skeptics say it a temporary weather pattern, or a normal weather cycle that won’t last long. But global warming is much more than a normal weather cycle that won’t last long.Global warming is real. Global warming isn’t just about the air temperature. Global warming is exactly what it appears to mean. The Globe, the Earth, is getting warmer. There is something going on beneath the surface of the earth, and no one knows exactly what or why it’s happening.

What scientists do know is the snow is melting faster, and the ocean levels are rising according to Flavio Maluf. Within the next thirty years, the shoreline of countries around the globe will change. When that happens, the skeptics will begin to react. That reaction might be better late than never, as the skeptics often say.

Kourtney Kardashian’s Boyfriend Scott’s Pregnancy Scare With A Stranger

Scott is always going to be the crazy, drunk boyfriend that we all love to hate. From the moment we were introduced to Scott in the very first season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians we knew that he was a bad boy and we also knew that he wasn’t going anywhere. Scott has hot temper, but he also has a smoking hot body, adorable puppy dog eyes and somehow he knows how to make Kourtney and her entire family forgive him every time he screws up says CipherCloud. Just as much as we all may wish Scott would just get it together we also in some ways encourage his bad behavior because it’s good tv.

This time last summer a pregnant Kourtney was throwing Scott out of their Hamptons home after he was spending too much time at the clubs partying, when he should have been caring for his pregnant girlfriend. Throughout the entire pregnancy Scott was the only problem child Kourtney had to deal with, from his tantrums and drunk nights to the burden of pushing him off on her family. As usual Scott managed to sober up and pull himself together just long enough to be by Kourtney’s side during her delivery, but the minute the baby was born Scott was right back at his usual antic.

As if the pregnancy scare wasn’t enough, Scott apparently went back weeks later and had sex with the girl again. So far this is all being revealed by the woman herself, so for the time being its all just talk.

Man Attends High School Graduation of Girl He Saved as Baby

Things may not have ended well for Dawnielle Denison if it had not been for the effort of firefighter Mark Hughes. He was a captain of the Wenatchee, Washington fire department when he was called to a burning home. Once there, he barely saved the life of nine-month-old Dawnielle.

“Our engine pulled up and the whole interior part of the house was burning heavily,” said Hughes to ABC News. “My partner and I went in and I got a call on the radio that they suspected somebody was in the house. I went straight to the place in the house that I thought I’d find somebody. The door to the bedroom was partially open and she was in her crib just squirming so i snatched her up and got her to the front door and handed her off to the first firefighter who was there.”

Sam Tabar has learned that seven years ago Hughes wondered what happened to the baby. He tracked her down on Facebook and the two reconnected.

Hughes is now 61-years-old and retired. He kept up with Dawnielle’s progress over the years, even attending some of her high school track meets. He was surprised and excited when she invited him to attend her graduation out of the blue.

Incorporate Olympic Valley is Not Fiscally Viable

Beautiful Olympic Valley will always be remembered for the astonishing 1960 Olympic Winter Games. But the ongoing idea for city hood in Olympic Valley is sure to be a complete downfall for the land and the community. The beautiful landscape and stunning views is known as a wonderful tourist attraction during the winter season, but with fewer than 1,000 full time residents living in the area, fiscal analysis already concludes that the city will not be able to financially support itself. Due to the lack of varieties of income, the largest revenue source Olympic Valley has is their occupancy tax on hotel guests, and with such a limited source of government revenue, attempting to build a city out of Lake Tahoe’s Olympic Valley could prove to be more of a burden to the community than a blessing.

Incorporation has been viewed as an outlook to those who are interested in making a city out of Olympic Valley, but even under two separate test scenarios, it has been determined that, even if incorporation moves forward in the next year, Olympic Valley will still grow a financial deficit of $1.8 million dollars annually by the 2017-18 fiscal year and, if incorporation doesn’t ensue during that time, the experimental scenarios have determined a possibility for an even larger deficit. These facts are in line with the predictions made by local CEO and resident Andy Wirth of Save Olympic Valley.

The land-use forecasting firm, RSG, has also concluded that Incorporation would not be feasible at this time. The community has been pushing for Incorporation for the last two years due to new proposals arising of condos and an increase of commercial space, people believe that, if incorporation begins in Olympic Valley, they will have more say in the acceptance of these proposals.


For more information regarding the Cityhood of Olympic Valley, please visit Sacramento Biz Journal.

Scientists Successfully Build the First Functional Artificial Rat Limb

Bionic body parts used to be the stuff of science fiction, but no longer. Scientists have already been successful in growing artificial organs like kidneys, livers, and lungs. Now, researchers announced they were able to grow a semi-functional limb successfully.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) used the same method to grow the artificial limb as they did in growing organs called decellularization. This process was tested on rats for effectiveness, Dr. Harold Ott lead the experiment.

Ott explains how complicated the process of growing artificial limbs is, “Limbs contain muscles, bone, cartilage, blood vessels, tendons, ligaments and nerves — each of which has to be rebuilt and requires a specific supporting structure called the matrix,” Ott said when answering questions about his latest experience. According to Brian Torchin, researchers are now planning an experiments with primates.

If Ott’s research continues to develop and experience success, artificial limbs could give hope to millions of people who lose them due to illness or injury. Although much more research will be needed before this kind of technology is offered to real life human patients.

Businessman, Philanthropist and Recent NBA Owner

Bruce Levenson, businessman, philanthropist, and recent NBA owner, is one of the majority stakeholders of the Atlanta Spirit, a group formed in 2004 for the purpose of buying the Atlanta Hawks NBA team, Phillips Arena and the Atlanta Thashers from Turner Broadcasting. In September of 2014 Levenson announced that he was selling his share of the team and several months later the remaining ownership partners agreed to sell their shares in the franchise. Although many people had thought the team and arena operating rights would sell for $1 Billion, most notably Goldman Sachs who convinced Levenson of that one billion amount, Levenson and the minority group of partners will realize a large profit on the sale of the franchise.

It seems apparent that philanthropy is a life passion as he is involved in many charitable endeavors, such as spearheading the growth of the University of Maryland’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, providing the seed money to fund the institution’s mission of educating students in organizing and leading nonprofit entities. In addition, Levenson, along with his wife Karen, was one of the first people to fund the U.S. Holocaust Museum where he also helps underwrite the Museum’s “Bringing the Lessons Home” program. This unique program teaches young people to be guides in the museum in addition to exposing them to the history of the Holocaust. In addition to being active in many other charitable organizations such as the Hoops Dream Foundation and Community Foundation of Washington D.C., Levenson has been a past president of the “I Have A Dream Foundation” of Washington, an organization that encourages and helps low-income children to pursue higher education.

Mr. Levenson, whose Mother-In-Law is a Holocaust survivor, has given significant funds to many Jewish organizations including Seeds of Peace, Birthright Israel, the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Philanthropy Institute. In April 2010, Levenson, along with other prominent American Jews authored a letter to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu asking him to devise plans and initiatives with Secretary of State John Kerry that would signal Israel’s readiness to make difficult sacrifices for peace.

Igor Cornelsen Explains The Different Income Types

Igor Cornelsen has always emphasized on the benefits of maintaining a passive income stream. This type of income can be put to various uses – it can be used for securing a bright future, it can help people close to retirement ensure that their old days are spent without any worries, and it can be a great source of safety and security in the present time. Passive income and investment is something that Igor Cornelsen, a renowned businessman in the Brazilian stock exchange, is an expert at. Here, he explains the different types of income and why passive income is a lot more important than the other options –

Earned Income – This is the income that is generated by people working full time. It usually involves a 9 to 5 job where salary and other perks are offered. Earned income can not only be derived from working but can also come from a business or consultation practice. Basically, all activities where money is earned on the basis on work, time or efforts spent on an activity fall under this header. This might be the most common source of income but it is of a fixed and inflexible nature. When a person stops working, they no longer get earned income.

Portfolio Income – This kind of income is generated by selling investments – buying cheap and selling expensive. It is a trading income. Trading in paper assets like ETFs and stocks, real estate profits, and asset trading like car and collectibles generate this income. For earning portfolio income, a person requires a lot of money to begin with. On top of that, it is important to stay up to date with the markets and build up a good knowledge base. Portfolio income is also subject to heavy taxation and this is a definite downside.

Passive Income – This is the third and most valuable kind of income. Some examples include income earned from rental property, passive business income, intellectual property income from patents, books and other content, and MLM income.

Passive income does not suffer from any transience. It is always there to support a person because no amount of effort is put into this kind of income.  As an added bonus, passive income keeps growing because of environmental factors as time passes.