George Monbiot, the author of Feral, avers that everyone wants everything. The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the rich and the rich can live like the oligarchs. He is not far from the truth when he holds that progress is measured by the speed at which we destroy things that are meant to sustain this earth. Yet, growth is a political imperative thus compelling capital to fuel the imperative. Asset building is a part of this economic activity, where the end-use provides revenues which, in turn, after meeting the expenses, goes into accumulation for further asset addition. The cycle goes on around the world and many players from governments to individual enterprises and individuals are an active part of this wealth extraction. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe good part of wealth creation often comes with the bad. In fact, so much more is this collateral bad, that it subsumes all of the good and it is the bad that becomes universal. So also is it with capitalism. The interplay of capital and labour has degenerated into the exploitation of the latter, over the longest time, but that is another story. The most degenerative part has been the phenomenal growth of the ‘crony capitalism’, that has not only put the entire financial architecture at the risk of a disastrous meltdown but has also nurtured a politico-business nexus that compromises the integrity of governance across nations and has eroded all forms of democratic practices and values. It is no longer about everyone wanting everything as per Monbiot, but it is about one or just a small set of people wanting everything and then holding their political system to manipulation. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe serial gaming of the financial systems and institutions is showing consequences. The crisis in the economy has begun to unfold. Mounting non-performing assets, cost overruns and delays in completing projects, misuse of legal recourse to defeat contractual obligations between Indian and foreign corporates and policy misadventures have all hurt our growth. Money and prosperity thrive only in a rule-bound environment and it will conform to the dynamics of markets. True, political compulsions and humane needs demand that the disadvantaged are cared for but that expense for the caring has to be met through appropriating revenues in a transparent manner towards such objectives. Every time a service is created, it carries a cost and the same has to be borne by the treasury. This cannot ever be forgotten for any public body’s performance and nor can the costs be defrayed by printing currency. Never ever should this even be thought of, as this is the unpaved road to ruins. Capital has a cost and will fulfil its intrinsic role only if it is productively deployed. The economy of a country has to be built on principles and its ethics have to be honestly and sincerely adhered to. Playing ducks and drakes with canons of finance is a short term game which will rebound with adverse consequences like bank failures, industry stagnations and resultant individual privations. Below value collaterals, doctored appraisals of project costs, loan dispersals against diving goodwills, etc., mercurial fiscal regimes, notional disinvestment policies, all will come home to roost someday. Is that day now or later, remains to be seen. Inflated taxation demands locked in contention for long years, corporate dispute resolutions taking endless time are all converging to make our economic slowdown worse than ever before. One cannot but help the feeling that we made most of the contribution to the state of our current woes. Everything points to say that day is now. The ecosystem of governance is sending out signals of alarm. In fact, it is the bells tolling in continuous peals that the economy needs immediate rescue acts. There is a whole chorus of voices out there advocating reforms of one kind or another. Tax concessions for one sector, lowering of GST for another, subsidies for yet another sector, easing liquidity for everyone, there is a whole gamut of suggestions pouring in on a daily basis but what we need is the coherence of policy initiatives. This coherence has to be underwritten by the integrity of the process, irrespective of the results that show up. Our collective efforts to manage results of the economy to merely show great spectacles will not endure beyond the temporary. Sustainability, however, needs ethical purpose and ethical means. That is real progress. (The views expressed are strictly personal)
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — An additional 280 shelter beds will be available in downtown San Diego Wednesday night and Thursday night due to the cold weather, the city Housing Commission announced Wednesday.Father Joe’s Villages will house up to 250 people in common areas of its 1501 Imperial Ave. building, with a check-in time of 4 p.m. and a check-out time of 5 a.m. A meal will be provided.The nonprofit already provides shelter to about 2,100 people nightly in San Diego.Up to 30 additional people will be sheltered at the PATH San Diego/Connections Housing Shelter at 1250 Sixth Ave. Check-in will be from 5 to 7 p.m. and check out is at 7 a.m. A meal will be provided.The commission activates additional shelter beds when overnight temperatures drop below 50 degrees and there is a 40 percent chance of rain, or in exceptional weather conditions such as one or more inches of rain within 24 hours or sustained winds over 25 mph.A cold snap in Southern California prompted the National Weather Service to issue a frost advisory for two nights this week. Though temperatures are expected to gradually warm over the rest of the week, temperatures are expected to be below average at least through the end of the month. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, February 21, 2018 Additional 280 beds to be available for homeless due to cold weather Updated: 6:19 PM
September 25, 2018 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego-based Institute for Public Strategies Tuesday warned parents that although prescription drug use among adolescents is on the decline overall, Xanax use among teenagers is rising.Xanax is a sedative commonly prescribed to treat anxiety or insomnia and belongs, along with Valium and Klonopin, to a classification of drugs known as benzodiazepines. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Xanax is the tranquilizer of choice for 12th-graders.A recent study by the San Diego Association of Governments found that tranquilizers are the most abused prescription drugs among inmates in San Diego County’s juvenile hall system.According to IPS, teens mistakenly think “benzos” are a safer way to manage anxiety and academic and social stress because doctors prescribe them, though the drugs are just as dangerous as prescription opioids and heroin.The nonprofit, which focuses on public health and safety issues, also said well-known pop culture figures may play a role in giving teens the wrong impression of Xanax. In a YouTube post on the day of his overdose death last November after ingesting Xanax laced with the synthetic opioid fentanyl, Lil Peep said he had just popped six “Xan,” and Lil Pump marked his milestone of reaching 1 million Instagram followers by celebrating with a Xanax-bar shaped cake, according to IPS, which also noted that Lil Xan’s stage name is derived from the drug.A Monitoring the Future report found that teenagers mostly get hold of Xanax from their parents’ or grandparents’ medicine cabinet or from a friend. But according to IPS, a “small but growing marketplace for youth is the dark web,” which can be accessed using peer-to-peer web browsers like Tor and I2P, while”anecdotal evidence on online forums suggests that it is easy for adults — particularly drug dealers — to purchase Xanax online.”IPS warned that Xanax pills not dispensed by a pharmacy could be counterfeit or laced with other illicit drugs while stressing that Xanax — prescribed or not — is never recommended for those under the age of 18.IPS suggests that parents encourage dialogue with their children about topics like mental health and drug use and monitor their Internet usage. Parents can also reach out to the county’s Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force for drug addiction and treatment resources. Posted: September 25, 2018 Xanax use on the rise among San Diego teenagers KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom
KUSI Newsroom, San Diego Unified School District Data Breach could impact 500,000 students Updated: 6:28 PM Posted: December 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom December 21, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Unified School District said they have alerted employees and families to an incident involving the security of their personal data on the district’s information systems.According to the district they have reason to believe some employee and student personal data may have been compromised through the access or use by an unauthorized individual.Roughly 50 staff members whose accounts were compromised had the security on their accounts reset immediately upon discovery. Families of students whose data may have been accessed have been contacted by the district. The breach is believed to date back to January 2018 and could impact as many as 500,000 students who were enrolled in the district between the 2008-09 and 2018-19 school years, according to district officials.“Data security has become an increasing concern for public agencies, corporations and private citizens nationwide,” said Toren Allen executive director of San Diego Unified’s Integrated Technology Department. “We are constantly reviewing our practices and systems in an effort to find efficiencies and to identify potential vulnerabilities.”For more information, families and employees have been directed to visit www.sandiegounified.org/datasafety Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
News Where Is Sam Hunt? He’s Back With “Downtown’s Dead” Have You Heard Sam Hunt’s New Single? where-sam-hunt-hes-back-downtowns-dead Email Twitter The GRAMMY nominee is back with a slow-burning new single that will no doubt serve as the soundtrack to those proverbial summer heartbreaksTim McPhateGRAMMYs May 16, 2018 – 2:29 pm It’s been more than a year since Sam Hunt dropped his Top 10 hit “Body Like A Back Road.” But the three-time GRAMMY nominee is back with a brand-new single just in time for summer: “Downtown’s Dead.”While not as upbeat as “Body Like …,” “Downtown’s Dead” gives off plenty of slow-burning summer-romance-gone-wrong feels. Over a track fusing country, pop and hip-hop, Hunt sings a relatable lyric about the vacancy left by a girl who was the center of his universe — and now her departure has killed off all the fun.”Downtown’s dead without you/Girls walk by and friends say hi/It’s Friday night, it might as well be just another Tuesday night without you,” laments Hunt.His second consecutive one-off single, “Downtown’s Dead” was co-written by Hunt and GRAMMY winners Shane McAnally, Zach Crowell and Josh Osborne, the same collective behind the GRAMMY-nominated “Body Like A Back Road.” Hunt earned his first two GRAMMY nominations for Best New Artist and Best Country Album for Montevallo at the 58th GRAMMY Awards.Speaking of summer, Hunt will be joining Luke Bryan’s What Makes You Country tour, which kicks off May 31 in Toronto. We’re guessing “Downtown’s Dead” will be in the set.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook
Share your voice Tags Post a comment 50 Photos For almost five years, the Broad City duo of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer have been my weekly comedic outlet. Playing two bold and hilarious millennials making it in NYC, they’ve also been like my constant companions, guiding me on my own wild journey as a 26-year-old trying to make it in another big city, San Francisco. The two best friends navigate the Big Apple basically dirt broke, but they have the grit to conquer almost any challenge, whether it’s Abbi constantly getting puked on and having to clean up other people’s pubes while working at a local gym or Ilana aimlessly bouncing from temp job to temp job while trying to avoid work altogether. They go to birthday parties, dabble in the city’s nightlife and mix recreational substances. They hustle for Lil Wayne tickets, and awkwardly try to date IRL just as apps like Tinder and Bumble are starting to take off. Along the way, they’ve taught me some important life lessons — most of all the irreplaceable value of authenticity. Oh, how I’m going to miss these broads when the Comedy Central show ends for good Thursday night. Matthew Peyton The show celebrates all different types of people. Ilana, for example, expresses her bisexuality without judgment. In fact, the show supports Ilana’s attempt to “find herself a lady.” As a confident single gay man, I’ve appreciated the show’s portrayal of the real complexities of dating, same sex or otherwise. Broad City touches on Ilana’s desire to be in noncommitted “open relationships” and then follows her as she falls in love with Lincoln, her partner in an open partnership, and gives monogamy a shot. Abbi, meanwhile, has a sexual experience with her neighbor, Jeremy, that takes an interesting turn when he asks her to switch up roles. Does the episode Knockoff ring a bell? Abbi is the unspoken comedic hero of Broad City. Her sometimes awkward social skills mesh perfectly with IIana’s bold, take-charge personality.In one episode, Abbi transforms into her alter-ego Val, a lounge singer who appears only when Abbi is black-out drunk. Once Ilana has discovered Val, her FOMO goes through the damn roof. “If you always worry about missing out on life,” Val/Abbi tells Ilana, “then you never actually bother to live.” That left a lasting impression on me. I will always love that message. TV and Movies I know many others in their mid-twenties who’ve identified with the show since it first aired in January of 2014, going on to average 1.2 million viewers per episode and getting award nominations from the Critics Choice Television Awards and Writers Guild of America, among others. We get it. Millennials are often accused of having big, lofty ideas that are sometimes unrealistic. But are they always unrealistic? I identify with both of these women because I too am a twentysomething trying to take chances and figure it all out. My senior year of college, I wanted to move away from the Midwest (hi, originally from Ohio) to live on the West Coast. The wild journey San Francisco has taken me on in the past three years seems surreal. At times, my life goes from zero to 100 in a matter of what feels like seconds. I’ve couch-surfed. I’ve lived off credit cards (I recommend not doing that if avoidable). I’ve dabbled in drag. Yass queen! Yass queen! In some ways, I am Abbi and Ilana put together. I am Ilana in the sense that I have a fearless, bold personality on the outside, but I have Abbi’s drive and ambition. Broad City’s narrative speaks in a way that doesn’t judge you for investing money, time and energy in the present. If you want to be the person who’d rather spend money on experiences now, then what are you waiting for? Go do it! Once the show’s over, you can still stay up on all things Broad City on Hulu, Amazon Prime, Vudu, YouTube, iTunes and Google Play. (Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale or rental of episodes or products from those retailers.) 2019 TV shows you can’t miss 0
Ellipsoid plot of (N5)6(H3O)3(NH4)4Cl at the 50% probability level. The occupancies of H3O+ (O1), H3O+ (O2), Clˉ, N5ˉ, and NH4+ are 1/12, 1/24, 1/24, 1/4, and 1/6, respectively. Credit: (c) Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aah3840 The pentazole and its anion have a sordid history, at least for molecules. Pentazole was thought to be isolated as an arylpentazole in 1915, but was disproven several years later. Then, in the 1950s, a group of researchers managed to identify pentazole as an intermediate for another reaction. Later researchers became interested in combining N5+ and N5- as a possible alternative to hydrazine as rocket fuel.Many attempts have been made to isolate the pentazole anion by cleaving the carbon-nitrogen bond in an arylpentazole. However, these have proven unsuccessful because of the difficulties in selectively cleaving the carbon-nitrogen bond. The addition of electron donating groups at the ortho and para positions of the arene helped with selective cleavage. In the current study, Zhang et al. were able to selectively cleave the carbon-nitrogen bond of 3,5-dimethyl-4-hydroxyphenylpentazole and stabilize the resulting pentazole anion using ferrous bisglycinate, Fe(Gly)2. The anion was isolated as part of a salt, (N5)6(H3O)3(NH4)4Cl (19% yield). The Fe(Gly)2 stabilizer also served as a mediator for m-chloroperbenzoic acid.The molecular conformation of the salt ions was determined using single-crystal x-ray diffraction analysis where the five nitrogen atoms in cylco-N5- are co-planar and aromatic. The structure was confirmed using 1H and 15N NMR as well as infrared and Raman spectroscopy.Additional studies showed that the salt is remarkably thermally stable up to 117oC, which is attributed to the salt’s hydrogen bonding arrangement. All of the ions in the salt apparently play a role in stabilizing the pentazole anion. When Zhang et al. removed Cl- or when they removed NH4+, cyclo-N5- decomposed.This research allows for the isolation and characterization of an elusive aromatic azole molecule, one that has been out of reach for chemists for many years, and according to the authors this ends the search for this elusive molecule. New inorganic aromatic ion Explore further (Phys.org)—The pentazole molecule and its anion, cyclo-N5- has proven elusive to researchers for almost a century. The pentazole anion is highly unstable and cannot be made in bulk. Researchers from Nanjing University of Science and Technology and the University of Science and Technology Liaoning have devised a synthesis of a salt containing the pentazole anion that is stable up to 117oC. Their report appears in Science. Journal information: Science Citation: Researchers characterize pentazolate anion as part of a stable salt (2017, February 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-characterize-pentazolate-anion-stable-salt.html © 2017 Phys.org More information: Chong Zhang et al. Synthesis and characterization of the pentazolate anion-Nˉ in (N)(HO)(NH)Cl, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aah3840AbstractPentazole (HN5), an unstable molecular ring comprising five nitrogen atoms, has been of great interest to researchers for the better part of a century. We report the synthesis and characterization of the pentazolate anion stabilized in a (N5)6(H3O)3(NH4)4Cl salt. The anion was generated by direct cleavage of the C–N bond in a multisubstituted arylpentazole using m-chloroperbenzoic acid and ferrous bisglycinate. The structure was confirmed by single-crystal x-ray diffraction analysis, which highlighted stabilization of the cyclo-N5ˉ ring by chloride, ammonium, and hydronium. Thermal analysis indicated the stability of the salt below 117°C on the basis of thermogravimetry-measured onset decomposition temperature. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Hans VestbergEricsson is reportedly seeking a replacement for CEO Hans Vestberg, after the firm failed to meet market expectations and reported a drop in sales and profits.According to a report in Swedish financial paper, Dagens Industri, Ericsson’s main owners and investors agree there should be a change at the top and that a new chief exec should be installed as soon as a replacement can be found.The report came after Ericsson yesterday reported second quarter earnings that saw sales drop 11% year-on-year to SEK54.1 billion and net income fall 26% to SEK1.6 billion.Operating income was down 22% to SEK2.8 billion, missing a Reuters analyst average forecast of SEK3.0 billion.Commenting on the results yesterday, Vestberg said that negative industry trends from the first quarter had “intensified”, impacting demand for mobile broadband, especially in markets with a weak macro-economic environment.“We are delivering on ongoing cost reduction activities. However, in light of market development, management has, with the support of the board of directors, initiated significant actions to further reduce cost.”Ericsson said that mobile broadband sales continued to decline and that the completion of European mobile broadband projects in 2015 continued to have a negative effect on sales growth year-on-year.Network sales in North America were stable, while the move from 3G to 4G contributed to “solid sales growth” in South East Asia and Oceania. Ericsson said that sales increased in TV and Media, driven by its compression business.Vestberg said that going forwards, in relation to media, Ericsson would be “more sensitive” about which markets it would invest in.