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My Wall Street, My Financial Future

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*Last week I read an article in a prominent financial magazine written by an unnamed professional financial advisor. Unsurprisingly, he simply spouted off reasons why everyone should work with a financial advisor and even recommended readers invest with someone who will operate in a “fiduciary capacity” (AKA have ultimate control over your money).

He did make some solid points, namely about the importance of finding someone independent  and trustworthy with an investment style you’re comfortable with. These characteristics are crucial to your peace of mind— your future is everything, and you need someone with your goals in mind managing your money.

The author made finding your dream advisor seem as easy as asking a friend or someone you respect for a recommendation. I hate to break it to you, but he or she doesn’t exist— unless you consider yourself an option. Who knows your needs, risk-tolerance, and plans for the future better than you?

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Israel and Sunni Arab States – The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

in The Political Slant by
Middle East Flags

WASHINGTON — Israel and the Sunni Arab states have formed a covert alliance due to shifting geopolitical dynamics in the Middle East. Longtime enemies over the Palestinian issue, Israel and Sunni Arabs can no longer afford to remain rivals due to precarious common threats that demand their attention: Iran and the Islamic State.

Islamic State Flag

During the 1950s and 1960s, at the height of Arab nationalism, support for Palestine and antipathy for Israel, largely united the Arab world. More recently, Sunni Arab states have refused to work with Israel without a proposed solution to the on-going Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which defines Israel as a perpetual enemy.

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Skating on Thin Ice – American Diplomacy in Pyeongchang

in The Political Slant by
Olympic Games Emblem

BOSTON —  The opening ceremonies of the 23rd Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea begin Thursday night.  In theory, the Games serve as a refuge from the geopolitical environment of the times. Nations put aside their conflicts and disagreements for what is supposed to be a peaceful and civil celebration of sport and competition.

The reality is that this is rarely true. From Jesse Owens defying Hitler at the 1929 Games in Berlin to American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos defiantly raising their fists in protest at the Mexico City Games of 1968 to the deadly Israeli hostage crisis at the 1972 Games in Munich, the Games have always been tinged with politics.

Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens

This year’s Olympic Games will be no different. The issue most obviously underpinning the whole Games is the escalating tensions between North Korea and South Korea (and their allies), which is only further exacerbated by the Games being held on the Korean peninsula. In the weeks and months leading up to the Games, it has often felt like a ‘two steps forward, one step back’ kind of situation between the two conflicted nations.

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Pizza & Politics: Papa John – Metaphor for America

in The Political Slant by
Making Pizza

BOSTON — John Schnatter, (now former) CEO of pizza chain Papa Johns, blamed declining sales on NFL anthem protests during the company’s quarterly earnings report. Papa John’s ($PZZA) trading fell by as much as 12%, losing about $70 million in value.

In a thinly veiled shot at commissioner Roger Goodell, Schnatter argued that the issue “should have been nipped in the bud” a year and a half ago, when Colin Kaeperinck first started to protest during the national anthem.

He went on to say that “once the issue is resolved” that he is “optimistic the NFL’s best years are ahead.” Papa John’s also announced they would be removing the NFL logo from all advertising campaigns in an attempt to distance themselves from the league and the protests, which he stated is “polarizing the customer, polarizing the country”.

Schnatter, an outspoken supporter of President Trump, is no stranger to mixing pizza and politics.

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Believing Women – An Unfortunate Culture of Questioning Assault

in The Life Slant by
Woman's Sitting on Ledge

One of the howls that has emerged from the #MeToo stories and the ongoing breaking news about accusations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, abuse, and rape in multiple industries is the objection to those who say we should believe women when they come forward.

“But what about the women who falsely accuse men?” is the inevitable reaction, regardless of how many statistics from multiple countries on the low rate of false reports are cited. I am pretty sure this will always be a knee-jerk reaction to the notion of believing women.

Would the howls stop if we said instead that when a woman comes forward with an accusation that she is taken seriously? Can we please at least get to that point?

This is not about denigrating the vital legal principle of innocence until proven guilty. However, it is about treating women with respect when they come forward to report something that is incredibly serious.

Because there is no other crime where the accuser, the alleged victim, is not taken seriously. 

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Super Bowl LII, Anticipating Protest and Selective Outrage

in The Life Slant/The Political Slant by
Patriots Players Kneel in Protest

BOSTON — Ahead of the Super Bowl, millions of people may see NFL players silently protest by taking a knee during the national anthem. President Trump has made his feelings on this topic clear, initiating a feud with athletes who choose to kneel.

Weeks ago, at a rally for now failed Alabama senatorial candidate (and possible super-villain) Luther Strange, Trump encouraged NFL owners to fire those ‘sons of bitches’ who decided to kneel during the national anthem. He unleashed a barrage of tweets further admonishing those players, 17 tweets in all, despite the White House’s insistence that Trump is focused on more pressing issues like the hurricane in Puerto Rico or the North Korea crisis.

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Nearly every NFL team responded with messages of unity and support for their players right to protest. The number of players protesting during the anthem rose from about a dozen in the second week to over 100 by the third. Three teams decided to skip the anthem all together. 

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A Republican Rant with Ryan Girdusky – Video

in The Political Slant/Video by
Ryan Girdusky

NEW YORK — Republican strategist and political commentator Ryan Girdusky joins Slanted Media for a lively video discussion about the State of the Union, #MeToo, and Hillary Clinton, that is sure to raise eyebrows and  cause a few laughs.

  • On #MeToo “Can you imagine giving oral sex to Aziz Ansari with Jerry Seinfeld’s voice in the background? Wouldn’t you kill yourself?
  • On Hillary Clinton…. She’s not the right candidate for anything… ever again…
  • On Leftist Ideology “…. A lot of these organizations that are really created in a very left-wing ideology pursue to destroy something rather than rebuild something…..”

 

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Not #MeToo

in The Life Slant/The Political Slant by
MeToo Protest

WASHINGTON — In the months following the inauguration of the 45th US President, Donald J. Trump, women across the country have taken to social media and began the #MeToo movement. On the campaign trail, a leaked audio clip of then Apprentice star Trump, revealed the vulgar side of a man vying for the highest office in the land. “Grab her by the pussy,” he said. This was the catalyst for several women to come forward and accuse the candidate of inappropriate sexual behavior.

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7 Technology Trends That Will Dominate 2018

in The Tech Slant by
Technology 2018

Regardless of whether you’re a diehard tech fanatic after the latest devices, or a laid-back “average” consumer, you can’t help but look forward to the technology developments and trends that lie ahead. After a year with surprisingly high sales for smart speakers and virtual reality, and the debut of several new phones and tablets, we look ahead at what lies in store for the industry in 2018.

These general tech trends have the capacity to change how we live and interact with each other.

So what will the biggest tech trends of 2018 be, and how will our lives change, accordingly?

  • AI permeation
  • Digital centralization
  • 5G preparation
  • Data overload
  • White collar automation
  • Seamless conversation
  • UI overhauls

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Congressman Mike Grimm Eyes Political Comeback – Video

in The Political Slant by
Congressman Mike Grimm

WASHINGTON — In Slanted’s first ever video interview, Congressman Mike Grimm sits down with Manila Chan to discuss his  political comeback, human trafficking and prostitution, Steve Bannon, the current political climate in Washington DC, Asian voters, and issues important to Brooklyn & Staten Island constituents.

Take a peek into the world of one of Capitol Hill’s most controversial figures in this candid one-on-one talk, as Grimm looks to take back his seat in 2018.

Oh, BTW, some of the audio gets choppy now and again. We’re aware. It’s Skype. It happens. But stick it out, it’s worth it. We’re a startup. Bear with us. We’re working on video quality to better serve you soon.

Thanks for watching.


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