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Facebook's Teenage Exodus, In One Chart

When did Facebook stop being cool? Was it when the social network let in high schoolers? Or when moms and grandmas started saturating it? Regardless, the company has been worried about teenagers leaving the world's largest social network for hipper alternatives, such as Snapchat and Tumblr. On Wednesday, a marketing firm quantified this mass exodus, finding the number of teenagers have dropped by 3 million over three years.

An iStrategyLabs report found teenage users ages 13 to 17 have declined 25% within the last three years to 9.8 million in January 2014. Meanwhile, the 55-and-older subset have taken to the social network, with more than 28 million users in that demographic, an 80% growth over the same period.

DJ Saul, who authored the report, said he pulled the publicly available data from Facebook's social advertising platform, comparing numbers across the same categories from a similar report the firm did in 2011.

"What's really happening is that the teens from our 2011 report have aged out of that demographic, and today’s teens are adopting it in far fewer numbers," Saul told Fast Company. In contrast, networks like Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat "are parents-free--sort of," he notes.

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Use among high school students is also down 59% to 3 million users from 7.3 million in 2011. Facebook's bread and butter, college students, aren't sticking to the network either, with user numbers declining 59% to 4.8 million users from 11.7 million. However, with early adopters graduating, the alumni base has grown 64.6%, from 36.4 million to 60 million.

^ yep. not hard to see.

Facebook isn't hip at all anymore.

people used to laugh at me for not having facebook.

not anymore!
Among the nation’s billionaires, one of the most sought-after pieces of real estate right now is a quiet storefront in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

A branch of Chicago’s Pritzker family rents space here, down the hall from the Minnesota clan that controls the Radisson hotel chain, and other rooms held by Miami and Hong Kong money.

Don’t look for any heiresses in this former five-and-dime. Most days, the small offices that represent these families are shut. Even empty, they provide their owners with an important asset: a South Dakota address for their trust funds.

In the past four years, the amount of money administered by South Dakota trust companies like these has tripled to $121 billion, almost all of it from out of state. The families needn’t actually move to South Dakota, or deposit their money at a local bank, or even touch down in the private jet. Little more than renting an address in Sioux Falls is required to take advantage of South Dakota’s tax-friendly trust laws.

States like South Dakota are “creating laws that are conducive to a massive exploitation of a federal tax loophole,” said Edward McCaffery, a professor at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law. “We have a tax haven in our midst.”

South Dakota’s sudden popularity illustrates how, at a time of rising U.S. economic inequality, the wealthiest Americans are embracing ever more creative ways to reduce taxes legally. Executives at South Dakota Trust Co., one of the biggest in the state, estimate that one-quarter of their business comes from special vehicles known as “dynasty trusts,” which are designed to avoid the federal estate tax. Creation of such trusts has surged in recent years as changes in federal law enabled more money to be placed in them.

Dynastic Wealth

While the super-rich use various tools to escape the levy - - some have exotic names like the “Jackie O” trust and the “Walton GRAT” -- the advantage of dynasty trusts is that they shield a family’s wealth forever. That defies the spirit of the estate tax, enacted almost 100 years ago to discourage the perpetuation of dynastic wealth.

The dynasty trust isn’t South Dakota’s only lure. Another attraction, for customers in places like New York and Massachusetts, is the chance to shelter their investments from income taxes in their home states. In November, a government commission in New York recommended tightening trust laws to avoid income-tax leakage to states like South Dakota, estimating the change would raise an extra $150 million a year.
Prairie Bermuda

Still others are drawn to South Dakota’s iron-clad secrecy, and protections of trust assets from creditors and ex-wives. Many of these features emulate those available in Bermuda and other island havens. Some wealthy families are also attracted by South Dakota rules that enhance their control over investment decisions and make it easier for them to set up their own trust companies rather than rely on a bank trustee.

In South Dakota, a farm state that’s home to two of the 10 poorest counties in the U.S., lawmakers say they’re bolstering the trust industry to generate work for local law firms and bankers, and forge ties with prosperous families that may one day decide to build a factory or a warehouse here. The legislators are turning the Mount Rushmore State into the Bermuda of the prairie.

NSA goes on declassification spree ahead of Obama reform
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US National Intelligence director James Clapper has thrown open the books on hundreds of previously classified documents detailing national and international surveillance, as President Obama’s scheme to reform the NSA goes into operation. The new batch of declassified files brings the total number of released documents to around 2,300 pages, DNI Clapper wrote, including orders from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), documents the NSA and others have previously submitted to Congress, and data about the legality of the ways in which the NSA collects telephone metadata and other programs currently operating.
That metadata has become one of the hot-button issues in surveillance, as Americans – and those outside of the US – become increasingly aware of programs that gather huge quantities of call records. Although several high-profile officials have insisted that the US takes a measured approach to both collection and analysis, leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have painted a different picture, where collection and access are near-ubiquitous.
That, Obama said on Friday, needs to change. The President has given intelligence officials until the end of March to propose new ways to manage the database that stores the collected records. That could potentially include entrusting it to a third-party, though security experts have warned that such a move could introduce even more challenges.
China reported its lowest Gross Domestic Product in 14 years. In 2013, China's economy only grew by 7.7 percent, lower that economists were expecting. But Shaun Rein, managing director of the China Market Research Group, says that this slowdown may be useful.

"The underlying reasons are healthy," Rein says. "The country can no longer rely on heavy investment and exports for growth, so the government is trying to push more consumption. And in 2013, 13.6 percent retail sale growth came in and showed that shift is starting to happen."
Corey Knowlton, who won auction to kill endangered black rhino, now fears for his life

The winning bidder in a $350,000 auction for the right to kill an endangered black rhinoceros now says that death threats from the public have left him in fear for his life.

Corey Knowlton, a “hunting consultant” and co-host of the Outdoor Channel’s Jim Shockey’s The Professionals, was outed through social media as the winner of the Dallas Safari Club’s auction. The hunting club has said that all of the money would be given to Namibia for “anti-poaching patrols, habitat protection, research and other measures crucial for protecting populations of endangered black rhinos,” but nonetheless sparked the ire of some wildlife groups … and the denizens of the Internet.

Knowlton told Dallas’ ABC affiliate WFAA that he stepped up to bid at the club’s request after other high-dollar bidders backed away in the face of the controversy. Immediately after winning the bid, he began receiving threats to himself and his family, he said.

“The fact of the matter is, we raised $350,000 for the black rhino. It’s the most that’s ever been raised. It’s absolutely going to conservation. We’re not just going … here’s have a beer, find a rhino. It’s a scientific process to find the one that’s causing the most problems.”

Wisconsin Republicans Draft Bill Proposing 7-Day Work Week For Retail Workers

They say do what you love – and if you love working in a factory or the service industry, get ready to get excited. Via the Stevens Point Journal:

Wisconsin manufacturing and retail workers could work seven days straight without a day off under a bill two Republican lawmakers are circulating on behalf of the state’s largest business group. The bill promises to ratchet up tensions between the GOP and Democrats and their organized labor allies.

The measure’s authors, Sen. Glenn Grothman of West Bend and Mark Born of Beaver Dam, say the bill gives workers a way to make extra money and employers a way to boost production. But Democrats and labor leaders insisted bosses would use the bill to force their employees to work longer and effectively erase the weekend.

Current Wisconsin law requires employers who own or operate factories or retail stores to give their workers at least 24 consecutive hours off every seven days.

Japan drops no war pledge.


"A longtime no-war pledge has disappeared from Japan's Liberal Democratic Party's annual working policy revealed on Sunday, while the ruling party vowed to continue visits to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine and push ahead constitutional revision, in another move leading the country in a far-right direction, observers said.

At its 81st LDP annual convention in Tokyo, the party removed the pledge that Japan would "never wage a war", China Central Television reported on Sunday.

In another change from last year's policy, the party added a phrase saying it will "bolster veneration for the war dead" - referring to continued shrine visits - and also made clear it will amend the country's constitution. The changes show that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also the party chief, will intensify efforts step by step to push Japan further into animosity with neighbouring countries, analysts said.

"The changes in the 2014 position indicate that Japan's rightward inclination is getting increasingly obvious. Removing the pledge of not starting a war is a long-term strategy for Abe," said Gao Hong, a researcher on Japanese studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Wang Xinsheng, a professor of international affairs at Peking University, said it is Abe's ultimate goal to "normalize" Japan, as indicated when he avoided mentioning the no-war pledge on Aug 15, the 68th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II.

The convention on Sunday was held after Japan's neighbouring countries have aired their exacerbated worries over Tokyo's attempts to change its postwar status and return to militarism.

Abe visited the Yasukuni Shrine - where 14 Class-A Japanese war criminals are honoured - on Dec 26. He is the first incumbent Japanese prime minister to pay an official visit since 2006.

Abe then reaffirmed the no-war pledge to soothe international anger over his visit, saying he renewed his "determination before the souls of the war dead to firmly uphold the pledge never to wage war again".

According to Japanese media, the no-war pledge appeared in an earlier draft for the 2014 LDP working policy. "By removing the pledge, Abe has revealed his true political ambition, which is to reinstall Japan with the right to wage wars," Gao said.

Under the terms of its surrender in World War II, Japan banned from starting a war, while Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution also forbids Japan from resorting to warfare to settle international disputes.

"Abe has been eyeing a change to the postwar constitution for a long time, and can eventually realise that ambition by writing his intention into the LDP annual working policy," Gao said.

"However, Abe knows that there are still a lot of obstacles in front of him, so he chooses to push ahead step by step."

In August, Abe replaced Tsuneyuki Yamamoto, the chief of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, who opposed changes to the Japanese official view on war that stipulates Japan's military cannot exercise the right of collective self-defence since such an act would exceed the minimum use of force allowed by the Constitution.

The Cabinet Legislation Bureau has for decades maintained that while Japan has the right of collective self-defence, it cannot exercise it. Experts say that has been a major obstacle to lifting the ban on an expanded role for the armed forces.

After the LDP annual working policy was released, opposition parties in Japan immediately expressed discontent over the removal of the no-war pledge, according to the CCTV report.

Banri Kaieda, chief of the Democratic Party of Japan, said the issue needs to be discussed further, while Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of the New Komeito Party - Abe's ally in the coalition - again urged Abe to restore Japan's deadlocked relations with China."
NWO Stooge to run for California governor:


"Neel Kashkari, who managed the $700 billion rescue of the U.S. banking system, said he’s running for governor of California in a bid to unseat Democrat Jerry Brown.

Kashkari, 40, joins state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Tea Party favorite, in the Republican race to oust Brown, 75. Brown has yet to declare his candidacy. If he does, all three would compete in an open primary June 3, where the top two vote-getters advance to the general election in November, regardless of party.

TARP Chief

A former Goldman Sachs (GS) vice president in San Francisco, Kashkari was 35 years old when then-U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson asked him to manage the federal government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program. The U.S. banks were on the brink of collapse after investing in risky derivatives, a disaster that could have led to a meltdown of the U.S. economy. [Editorial comment: Wall Street would have failed, not Main Street].
America's Richest State . . . Maryland???


"California has Hollywood, Rhode Island has Newport, Texas has Dallas and New York has Manhattan, but which is the richest state?

If you’re thinking none of the above you’re on the right track. The real answer, the answer that’s on the money, is Maryland.

Huh? Maryland? Whoever heard of the Maryland Rockefellers? And if Maryland is so rich how come it’s third in foreclosures?

But, actually, it’s true. Maryland is our richest state. And yes, it does have a foreclosure problem.

Richest State With Millionaires

A new study by Phoenix Marketing International says Maryland has more millionaires per capita than another other state. When we look at households with at least $1 million in investable capital we find that 7.7 percent of Maryland households qualify. That compares well with New York (5.79%), California (6.04%), Ohio (4.412%) and Louisiana (4.49%). In last place is Mississippi at 3.63 percent.

Why Maryland? Well, Maryland sits on one of the largest bays in the world. It has beaches, farms and mountains. It has the City of Baltimore, historic Annapolis, rural areas near the famous Antietam battlefield, farms in the eastern and southern parts of the state and vast forests in the west. It includes Andrews Air Force Base, Ft. Meade, and the Aberdeen Test Center. It’s the world’s largest biological and medical research center and includes the National Institutes of Health, the Federal Drug Administration and the Bethesda Naval Medical Center. It is also — arguably — the world’s largest computing center — think of the National Security Agency in Laurel.

Richest State By Household Wealth

With a typical household income of $71,221 Marylanders are doing better than everyone else. In comparison, California ranks 11th ($58,328 per household), Texas is 24th ($50,740) and Mississippi is 50th ($37,095).

Where do Marylanders get so much money? First, they have a very low unemployment rate, just 6.4 percent in November. Second, the economic base is very strong, with many jobs in health, law, computing and government. Third, income is relatively well-distributed — only 9.9 percent of all Maryland households are at or below the poverty level.

Richest State and Foreclosures

If Maryland is doing so well why does it have so many foreclosures? According to RealtyTrac, Maryland ranks first in the nation for foreclosures starts, up 194 percent in December 2013 when compared with a year earlier.

Huh? If the Maryland economy is so great why are there so many foreclosures?

The answer works like this:

To foreclosure in Maryland — a judicial foreclosure state — one has to have the mortgage note to have standing in a court case. But what if the note did not mention the loan owner seeking the foreclosure, and what if the note had been bought and sold in a string of electronic transactions? Could the lender still seek a foreclosure?

Such questions began to arise at the end of 2010. It was only in March 2013 with a decision in a key case — Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., Trustee v. Brock — that the issue was finally settled. Represented by the law firm of Ballard Spahr, the lenders won. They could foreclose.

Meanwhile, with the case outstanding as it wound its way through the court system, foreclosures in Maryland slowed and in many cases stopped. But with the decision made, lenders began to re-open foreclosure efforts which had been on hold. The result was a torrent of 2013 foreclosure actions in the nation’s wealthiest state, not because of a sudden increase in unemployment or because the local economy stalled, rather the reason for Maryland’s foreclosure surge was that the wheels of justice once again began to grind ahead.
^ interesting. Most of them could be anglos as well. Anglos are more low key about their wealth and power.
Genetic Adam and Genetic Eve are the popular terms for the common male and female ancestor of all humanity. Now a new study conducted by the University of Sheffield has revealed that almost every man alive today can trace his origins to one man, ‘Adam’, who lived approximately 209,000 years ago – earlier than many scientists previously thought. Their findings put ‘Adam’ within the time frame as ‘Eve’, the ‘mother of all women’, providing evidence for an ancient ‘Adam and Eve’.

In the pioneering study, published in the European Journal of Human Genetics, Dr Eran Elhaik and Dr Dan Graur used conventional biological models to date our most common male ancestor 'Adam' in his rightful place in evolutionary history. The results showed that this is earlier than scientists originally believed - previous research determined that ‘Adam’ lived 135,000 years ago.

Clues to Adam’s identity lie within the Y chromosome, a stretch of genes that is passed down nearly intact from father to son, so mutations in the chromosome can be used to trace back the male line to the father of all men. However, according to scientist David Poznik, the name ‘genetic Adam’ is somewhat misleading because this early man was surrounded by other men whose Y chromosomes were lost to history because their male lineages died out.

The study findings also contradict a recent study which had claimed that the human Y chromosome originated in a different species through interbreeding which dates 'Adam' to be twice as old. Their findings put 'Adam' within the time frame of his other half 'Eve', the genetic maternal ancestor of mankind.

"It is obvious that modern humans did not interbreed with hominins living over 500,000 years ago. It is also clear that there was no single 'Adam' and 'Eve' but rather groups of 'Adams and Eves' living side by side and wandering together in our world," said Dr Elhaik.

While genetic studies reveal a common ancestor for all men and a common ancestor for women, genetic ‘Adam and Eve’ are not the same as the biblical Adam and Eve as they were not literally the first modern humans on the planet, but instead just the two out of thousands of people alive at the time with unbroken male or female lineages that continue on today. Furthermore, while they may have overlapped in time, it is unlikely that ancient ‘Adam’ and ancient ‘Eve’ lived near each other, let alone met and reproduced.

- See more at: http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-evol...ry-history

he's the guy that did the khazar dna studies.

great find GIMP
Rare white collar criminal gets prison time. Country club prison, but still notable.


"David Blech, once dubbed the "King of Biotech", failed to persuade a U.S. appeals court to throw out his four-year prison term for securities fraud on the ground that his sentencing judge was biased.

Blech, 58, had argued in court papers that U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon improperly considered his race and social status in imposing the sentence.

The defendant, who is white, Jewish and was once among the wealthiest Americans, said McMahon wanted to counter a view that "we let people like you get away with things that we don't let poor black drug addicts" get away with.

In an order on Tuesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said McMahon "made a number of ill‐conceived remarks that bordered on the inappropriate," but that it was not persuaded that she sentenced Blech "based on unconstitutional factors such as race".

It said McMahon sentenced Blech based on factors including "the need for specific deterrence for a recidivist, and the need for general deterrence for those who might otherwise feel that some white‐collar crimes are 'games worth playing.'"

The court also upheld McMahon's $1.34 million forfeiture order, saying Blech waited too long to object.

Richard Levitt, a lawyer for Blech, declined to comment. The defendant had sought to be resentenced by a different judge.

Blech, who has said he has bipolar disorder, had pleaded guilty in May 2012 to manipulating shares of biopharmaceutical companies Pluristem Therapeutics Inc (PSTI.O) and Intellect Neurosciences Inc (ILNS.PK) in 2007 and 2008.

He reached a $1.03 million civil settlement last August with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Blech had also pleaded guilty in 1998 to an unrelated fraud, but was sentenced to probation.

He also helped found Icos Corp, now part of Eli Lilly & Co (LLY.N), which developed Cialis to treat erectile dysfunction.

Forbes magazine said Blech was worth $295 million in 1992, making him among the 400 richest Americans.

Blech is housed at a low-security prison in Fort Dix, New Jersey. He is not eligible for release until March 12, 2017."
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