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Jason Padgett: The Brain Injury That Made Me A Math Genius

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 22, 2014 0 Comments


If you could see the world through my eyes, you would know how perfect it is, how much order runs through it, and how much structure is hidden in its tiniest parts. We’re so often victims of things—I see the violence too, the disease, the poverty stretching far and wide—but the universe itself and everything we can touch and all that we are is made of the most beautiful geometric patterns imaginable. I know because they’re right in front of me. Because of a traumatic brain injury, the result of a brutal physical attack, I’ve been able to see these patterns for over a decade. This change in my perception was really a change in my brain function, the result of the injury and the extraordinary and mostly positive way my ...

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ZeroHedge: Is The US Military Preparing For The Collapse Of The Dollar?

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 22, 2014 0 Comments



It almost happened in 2008... but as this excerpt from Casey Research's Meltdown America documentary notes, it appears the US military is preparing for the potential collapse of the US dollar. As Scott Taylor warns, "...if the carrot (of credit worthiness) is fading, and the stick (of military threat) is weak, that empire is going to come down in a hurry..." which leaves a serial economic mis-manager only one option to 'secure' the empire.

To see what the consequences of economic mismanagement can be, and how stealthily disaster can creep up on you, watch the 30-minute documentary, Meltdown America. Witness the harrowing tales of three ordinary people who lived through a crisis, and how their experiences warn of the turmoil that could soon reach the US. Click here to watch it now.

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ZeroHedge: Banker, Wife & Nephew Murdered in Belgium

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 21, 2014 0 Comments


by Tyler Durden

In the beginning it was banker suicides. Then about two weeks ago, suicides were replaced by outright murders after the execution-style killing of the CEO of a bank in otherwise sleepy (and tax evasive) Lichtenstein by a disgruntled client. Then on Friday news hit of another execution-type murder in just as sleepy, if not so tax evasive, Belgium, where in the city of Vise, a 37-year-old Director at BNP Paribas Fortis was murdered alongside his wife and a 9 year old nephew in a premeditated and orchestrated drive-by shooting.

L'venir reports:


According to Marcel Neven, Mayor of Vise, nothing can yet explain what caused the violent shooting that rocked the neighborhood sports hall of his town this Friday, April 18, late at night. A man of 37 years, Benedict Philippens, bank manager Ans-Saint-Nicolas, was shot. A little 9 year old boy, living in Dolhain, was also ...

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R.I.P. Boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 20, 2014 0 Comments



TORONTO -- Rubin "Hurricane'' Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.

John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, said Carter died in his sleep Sunday. Carter had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native's adopted home.


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FPG/Getty ImagesRubin "Hurricane" Carter was 27-12-1 with 19 knockouts before being wrongfully convicted for murder in 1967 and again in 1976 before being freed in 1985.


Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1966. He was convicted alongside Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976.

Carter was freed in November 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and public advocacy. His ordeal and the alleged racial motivations behind it were publicized in Bob Dylan's 1975 song "Hurricane ...

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Happy Easter!

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 20, 2014 0 Comments

Yes, I know, I posted this very same greeting last Easter.

I loved it so much, so I'm posting it again this year.  Enjoy!

International Oil, Gas Firms Committed To Russia Despite Sanctions

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 18, 2014 0 Comments


MOSCOW, April 18 (Reuters) - Russian and international oil and gas majors are cooperating as usual despite sanctions imposed over Ukraine and Russia's South Stream gas pipeline project is going ahead, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday.

"There is no sense behind talk of the severing of relations... They express their desire to invest in Russia," Novak told reporters when asked if sanctions had hit energy cooperation.

The world's top crude oil producer and a leader in natural gas, Russia has signed deals with international majors on developing energy resources, mainly in the offshore Arctic region.

Top Russian oil firm Rosneft has signed agreements with ExxonMobil, Eni and Statoil and its biggest shareholder after the state is London-based BP .

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Music and the Brain

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 18, 2014 0 Comments

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Cost Engineer Job at Ogre Oil & Gas Company (Singapore)

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 16, 2014 0 Comments

Job Description: 

  • Responsible for executing project cost control tasks in one or more assigned projects, and able to assist in preparation of tenders as required
  • Provide support in the area of corporate cost control activities as directed by the Manager Cost Control

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Suit & Tie: Video About Defying Stereotypes

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 14, 2014 0 Comments


This is an inspiring story of a few teens who got tired of constantly seeing the negative stereotypes that the media has a habit of attributing to young, black males so they decided to do something about it! Check it out below…


Coolio: "Dangerous Minds" Soundtrack

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 14, 2014 0 Comments

U.S. Government Target Taxpayers for Their Parents’ Debts

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 12, 2014 0 Comments

by Marc Fisher

Washington Post

A few weeks ago, with no notice, the U.S. government intercepted Mary Grice’s tax refunds from both the IRS and the state of Maryland. Grice had no idea that Uncle Sam had seized her money until some days later, when she got a letter saying that her refund had gone to satisfy an old debt to the government — a very old debt.

When Grice was 4, back in 1960, her father died, leaving her mother with five children to raise. Until the kids turned 18, Sadie Grice got survivor benefits from Social Security to help feed and clothe them.

Now, Social Security claims it overpaid someone in the Grice family — it’s not sure who — in 1977. After 37 years of silence, four years after Sadie Grice died, the government is coming after her daughter. Why the feds chose to take Mary’s ...

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"Assault on Wall Street" (movie trailer)

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 10, 2014 0 Comments

Wake Up!

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BBC News: "Heartbleed Bug" May Force You to Reset ALL Passwords

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 9, 2014 0 Comments

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Instead Of Going Broke Like Many Retired NBA Players, Junior Bridgeman Built A $400 Million Empire

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 9, 2014 0 Comments

by Amy Lamare

Celebrity Networth


Pop quiz #1: In 1975, which newly drafted player did the Lakers trade away to acquire superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? If you guessed Junior Bridgeman, you are correct. 

Pop quiz #2: As of April 2014, who is the second largest owner of Wendy's franchises in America? Once again, the correct answer is… Junior Bridgeman.

As an NBA player, Junior Bridgeman had a moderately successful 12-year career playing for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers. To be completely honest, his NBA career was kind of unremarkable.

So why are we writing about him on Celebrity Net Worth? Well, as you may know, retirement can be a very painful experience for many NBA players. According to a study conducted by Sports Illustrated, a staggering 60% of NBA players are completely broke within five years of retiring. Junior Bridgeman did not go down this route. Instead, Junior ...

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Bloomberg: CEO Of Liechtenstein Bank Frick Murdered In Broad Daylight

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 8, 2014 0 Comments


A Liechtenstein banker was shot dead after a feud involving an investment fund, and police said they believe the alleged killer later committed suicide.

The 48-year-old man was shot in the underground garage of a financial institution in Balzers at 7:30 a.m. local time, the Liechtenstein police said on their website today. Neither the victim nor the institution was identified in the statement. The deceased was Juergen Frick, CEO of Bank Frick & Co. AG, according to Switzerland’s Radio 1, which cited employees of his bank.

The suspect, Juergen Hermann, fled the scene in a Smart car with Liechtenstein license plates, according to police. The authorities later said Hermann appears to have committed suicide after they found the vehicle in Ruggell, 25 kilometers (16 miles) north of Balzers, with his passport and a confession.

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17 Mathematical Equations that Changed the World!

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 7, 2014 0 Comments

In my really geeky days, I used to wear a t-shirt with Maxwell's equations on the front side. LOL!

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Monsanto GMO: Russia No & Whole Foods Yes

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 6, 2014 0 Comments

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BBVA Research: China is World's Most Powerful Nation

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 6, 2014 0 Comments

... and the Asian Tiger continues to roar!

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China shows the highest value not only among emerging economies but also when considering all the sample, inverting with the US the rank order given by the exports’ share in nominal terms.


China holds the largest share among emerging markets in the sample for 9 out of 18 industries, including all manufacturing groups except food (surpassed by Brazil). The largest industry share corresponds to textiles and leather (above 30%).


Russia and especially Saudi Arabia are well ahead in the ranking due to their key role in the oil market for which they show a high degree of product concentration.


India and Mexico have a similar share of world exports, although the market power index is significantly higher for the former on dominant positions in ‘other manufactures’ and business services.