Legal Law

Thanksgiving: attitude of gratitude expressed in loving obedience

This recent exchange with a gentleman on the History Channel forum comes just in time to Thanksgiving Day

The twelve tribes themselves are not of European origin

The Twelve Tribes of Israel, the Anglo-Saxons and the white peoples of northwestern Europe, are of Israelite origin. We are the so-called “Ten Lost Tribes”. We were taken captive by the Assyrians and later, as prophesied, migrated north and west in Europe and King David’s dynasty continues on Scepter Island.

Of the 12,000 from each tribe that will be taken on Judgment Day, how many do you think will be of mixed blood?

If they were so mixed up, the Holy Spirit would not have inspired John to write specifically about the unique tribes of Israel. Obviously, they are not “mixed” enough to disqualify them from being considered, in God’s eyes, this or that specific tribe of Israel. Undoubtedly we have married each other, but still this or that tribe dominates in our ancestry, having passed through several countries (we can say that we are English, Irish, Dutch) but still ISRAELITES.

When Revelation was written, the author probably had no idea that the Jews would have dispersed throughout the world as they have or would have married each other as they have married other peoples.

John was a prophet and the Holy Spirit undoubtedly inspired him to know the other prophecies in the Law and the Prophets that clearly predicted the reach and expansion of all the Twelve Tribes to the ends of the Earth: Not just Jews! The Jews are only a small part of the great family of Jacob-Israel.

It is written in Amos that we (the 10 northern tribes Kingdom of Israel) would migrate, examine the nations, and yet not lose our identity (in regards to our ethnic makeup, our basic DNA).

assuming you are a gentile

God’s mercy extends to all peoples, even though His plan calls the Jews (and Israelites) first and then the Gentiles. God has called our peoples, Jews and Jews, Israelites, to finally become his servant nation to bless all nations.

I am a Joe (descendant of Joseph / Anglo-Saxon heritage) as well as a Jew, scion of King David, as our family can be traced back to the British and Scottish royal families. I am also a descendant of two Mayflower Pilgrims, John and Priscilla Alden, and a collateral descendant of three American Presidents.

[The Scripture] It does not apply to the United States because they did not give us anything. We take everything we have from the natives

The United States was given primarily to the descendants of Joseph and the other northern tribes of Israel, with some Jews living among us (although God has given them a Jewish homeland). Just as ancient Israel had to be willing to fight to secure its inheritance, so do we. Sometimes we were more honorable than others, like Jacob with Esau, but regardless of the Manifest Destiny it was going to be and it was fulfilled in us. We don’t take from the natives because it wasn’t theirs to begin with; It belongs to our Great Creator God and whoever He gives it to, as it is His divine prerogative.

The various natives took each and they had a violent history towards different tribes and were carried away by their crude paganism. Some were more advanced than others.

Deuteronomy 6: 10-12

10 And it will come to pass that when the LORD your God brings you to the land that he swore to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you big and beautiful cities that you did not build, 11 houses full of all the good things that you did not fill, wells dug that you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant;When you have eaten and are satisfied, 12 then be careful, lest you forget the LORD …

We build the cities, we invent our gadgets and things, we build a gigantic economy, we pave the roads, we assemble a massive army, and so on. all by ourselves. God had nothing to do with these things

God works in, through, and for people at the same time. He warned us not to develop such an unhealthy and pompous attitude of imagining in vain that we were doing all these things without His help and inspiration, even giving ourselves the health to achieve great things. God has blessed our efforts. It is true that God helps those who help themselves. The “Protestant work ethic” is a biblical work ethic.

Deuteronomy 8: 9-20

9 a land where you will eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are made of iron and from whose hills copper can be extracted. 10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land that He has given you.
eleven “Be careful not to forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments, his judgments and his statutes that I command you today, 12 lest when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built beautiful houses and live in them; 13 and when your cows and herds multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies; 14 when your heart is lifted up and you forget the LORD your God … 17 then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand have earned me this wealth.’

18 And you will remember the LORD your God, because he is the one who gives you the power to get wealth, in order to confirm his covenant. who swore to your parents, as on this day. 19 Then it will come to pass that if you somehow forget the LORD your God and follow other gods, and serve and worship them, today I testify against you that you will certainly perish. 20 As the nations that the LORD destroys before you, so you will perish, because you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God.

As Abraham Lincoln warned, he said that we had forgotten our Great God and encouraged everyone to repent and pray that God could save our nation. They saved us that God could fulfill his many prophecies, his wonderful promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob about the peace and prosperity of their descendants because of OBEDIENCE OF ABRAHAM. But God has given us so many wonderful things and years and we have forgotten it as self-made men and women who imagine in vain that we do not need God and all this is our work, our hands’ work, so God, who controls. the weather – will take these things off our hands and show us how we are at His mercy to humble us and bring us back to Him and remind us to stay its commandments, its Holy Saturday and the biblical festivals, the “Jewish holidays”, and reject the replacement theology and pagan festivals of bloody Rome!

If we have to thank God for the invention of the airplane, then we have to thank Him for 9/11.

That is just ridiculous. What we do with a gift is our responsibility. Everything has the potential to be a blessing or a curse. God gives us free will to determine what we want for ourselves, what we will do with what we have been given: whether we will squander our inheritance or use it wisely, with an attitude of gratitude and loving obedience.

I see that he conveniently did not refer to the other verse I quoted, verse 24 which says:

1. Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty, devastates it, overthrows it, and scatters its inhabitants.

2. And it will happen that as happens with the people, so with the priest; As it is with the servant, so with his master; as it is with the maiden, so with her mistress; as it happens with the buyer, also with the seller; As with the lender, so with the borrower; as happens with the usury, so also with the payment of usury.

3. The land will be completely emptied and completely plundered, because the LORD has spoken this word. 4 The earth mourns and withers, the world languishes and withers, the haughty peoples of the earth languish.

13. When this happens: in the midst of the land among the people, it will be like the beating of an olive tree, and like the grape that is gleaned when the harvest is over. 14 They will lift up their voices, they will sing to the majesty of the LORD, they will cry out from the sea. 15 Therefore glorify the LORD in the fires, the name of the LORD God of Israel in the islands of the sea. 16. From the farthest parts of the earth we have heard songs, glory to the righteous. But I said: My weakness, my weakness, woe is me! treacherous traitors have acted treacherously; yes, the treacherous traffickers have acted very treacherous. 17 Fear and pit and snare upon you, you inhabitant of the earth. 18 And it will come to pass that he who flees from the noise of fear will fall into the pit; and whoever comes out of the middle of the pit will be caught in the trap; for the windows on high are open, and the foundations of the earth shake. 19 The earth is completely destroyed, the earth completely destroyed, the earth is very shaken. 20 The earth will totter from side to side like a drunkard, and it will be tossed about like a hut; and his transgression will be heavy on him; and it will fall and never rise again.

These verses prophesy the destruction of everything and everyone, which does not match what you are telling me.

I didn’t ignore it and addressed it. Humanity will reach a point of no return: except by divine intervention, no flesh would be saved alive, no human being would remain, just as Yeshua and the Prophets predicted. Within that Scripture reveals survivors they are praising God, which I have highlighted.

Matthew 24: 21-22

21 For then there will be great tribulation [Time of Jacob’s Trouble]As it has not been since the beginning of the world until now, no, nor will it ever be. 22 AND unless Those days were shortened, no meat would be saved; but for the sake of the chosen [the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob] those days will be shortened.

Isaiah 1: 9

9 Unless the lord of hosts

He had left us a very small scrap or scraps,

We would have become like Sodom,

We would have become like Gomorrah.

Isaiah 43: 1-3

1 But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob,

And he who formed you, O Israel:

“Do not fear, because I have redeemed you;

I have called you by name;

You’re mine.

2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.

When you go through the fire, you won’t get burned,

Not even the flame will burn you.

3 For I am the LORD your God,

The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

Tell Egypt for your ransom,

Ethiopia and Seba in your place.

God always saves a remnant to keep alive His promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that He would be their God and the God of their descendants (which means they must always have some descendants). This GOOD NEWS that is why the first chapter of Beyond Babylon: the rise and fall of Europe is appropriately called, “Guaranteed Survival!”

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The M&A Patent Due Diligence Problem and How to Fix It

As a business or investment professional involved in mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”), are you conducting patent due diligence in accordance with the standard practices of your M&A attorneys and investment bankers? When patents are an important aspect of transaction value, you are probably getting the wrong advice on how to conduct due diligence. The due diligence process must take into account the competitive landscape for patents. If competitive patents are not included in your research process, you may be significantly overvaluing the target company.

In my many years of experience in intellectual property and patents, I have participated in a number of M&A transactions in which patents constituted a significant part of the underlying value of the deal. As a patent specialist in these transactions, I was led by highly paid M&A attorneys and investment bankers who were recognized by C-level management as the “real experts” because they completed dozens of deals a year. To this end, we patent specialists were instructed to check the following 4 boxes on the patent due diligence checklist:

  • Are patents paid at the Patent Office?
  • Is the seller really the owner of the patents?
  • Do at least some of the patent applications cover the seller’s products?
  • Did the seller’s patent attorney make some stupid mistake that would make patent enforcement more difficult in court?

When these boxes were marked as “complete” on the due diligence checklist, M&A attorneys and investment bankers had effectively “CYA’d” the patent issues and were free of patent-related liability in the transaction.

I have no doubt that I carried out my patent due diligence duties very competently and that I was also “CYA’d” in these transactions. However, it is now clear that the patenting aspect of M&A due diligence basically conformed to someone’s idea of ​​how not to make stupid mistakes in a transaction involving patents. In truth, I was never very comfortable with the “flyover” feeling of patent due diligence, but I had no decision rights to contradict the standard operating procedures of M&A experts. And I found out how incomplete the standard patent due diligence process is when they let me pick up the pieces of a transaction conducted under standard M&A procedure.

In that transaction, my client, a large manufacturer, sought to expand its non-core product offering by acquiring “CleanCo,” a small manufacturer of a proprietary consumer product. My client found CleanCo to be a good target for the acquisition because CleanCo’s product met a strong consumer need and, at the time, ordered a higher price in the marketplace. Due to strong consumer acceptance of its unique product, CleanCo was experiencing tremendous growth in sales and that growth was expected to continue. However, CleanCo owned only a small manufacturing facility and was having difficulty meeting the growing needs of the market. CleanCo’s venture capital investors were also eager to collect after several years of continued funding from the company’s somewhat marginal operations. So my client and CleanCo’s marriage seemed like a good match, and the M&A due diligence process got under way.

Due diligence revealed that CleanCo had few assets: the small manufacturing plant, limited but growing sales and distribution, and several patents covering the single CleanCo product. Despite these seemingly minimal assets, CleanCo’s sale price was over $ 150 million. This price could only mean one thing: CleanCo’s value could only lie in the sales growth potential of its proprietary product. In this scenario, the unique nature of the CleanCo product was correctly understood as critical to the purchase. That is, if someone could emulate CleanCo’s differentiated product, competition would invariably ensue and then all bets would be off by the growth and sales projections that formed the basis of the financial models that drove the acquisition.

Following my instructions from the M&A attorney and investment banker leaders in the transaction, I conducted the patent aspects of the due diligence process in accordance with their standard procedures. Everything checked. CleanCo owned the patents and kept the fees paid. CleanCo’s patent attorney had done a good job with patents – the CleanCo product was well covered by patents and no obvious legal mistakes were made in obtaining patents. So, I gave the transaction the go-ahead from a patent perspective. When everything else seemed positive, my client became the proud owner of CleanCo and its product.

Fast forward several months. . . . I started getting frequent calls from people on my client’s marketing team focused on the CleanCo product about competitive products seen in the field. Given the fact that more than $ 150 million was spent acquiring CleanCo, it is not surprising that these marketers believed that competing products must be infringing on CleanCo’s patents. However, I found that each of these competitive products was a legitimate design of the patented CleanCo product. Because these knockoffs were not illegal, my client had no way to remove these competitive products from the market through legal action.

As a result of this increasing competition for the CleanCo product, a price erosion began to occur. The financial projections that formed the basis of my client’s acquisition of CleanCo began to unravel. The CleanCo product is still selling strongly, but with this unexpected competition, my client’s expected margins are not being achieved and their investment in CleanCo will take much more time and expensive marketing to pay off. In short, to date, the CleanCo acquisition for $ 150 million appears to be a failure.

In hindsight, competition for the CleanCo product could have been anticipated during the M&A due diligence process. As we found out later, a search of the patent literature would have revealed that there were many other ways to address consumer need that the CleanCo product addresses. CleanCo’s success in the market now appears to be due to the advantage of being the first to act, as opposed to any real technological or cost advantage provided by the product.

Had I known then what I know now, I would have strongly advised against the expectation that the CleanCo product would be priced higher due to market exclusivity. Rather, it would demonstrate to the M&A team that competition in the CleanCo product was possible and indeed highly likely, as revealed by the myriad solutions to the same problem shown in the patent literature. The deal may still have been finalized, but I think the financial models driving the acquisition would be based more on reality. As a result, my client could have formulated a marketing plan based on the understanding that competition was not only possible, but also probable. So the marketing plan would have been on the offensive, rather than defensive. And I know my client didn’t expect to be on the defensive after spending over $ 150 million on the CleanCo acquisition.

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The problems teens face and how to help them

After 20 years of concern about the status of girls raised by the women’s movement, some experts say it is the boys we need to pay attention to now. This crisis is one in which the traditional patriarchy lived by boys and men “is being transformed, leading men to generate a second discourse – of powerlessness and frustration – that differs markedly from the one [previous] confident displays of authority. “There are disturbing statistics to support this concern. Girls now outnumber boys entering college and boys are four times more likely to drop out of high school than girls. Four boys are diagnosed with emotional disorders for every girl Six boys are diagnosed with attention deficit disorder for every girl Boys commit suicide five times more than girls.

Up to 16% of children are diagnosed with some disruptive behavior disorder. Of those diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder, 25-40% will develop conduct disorder and almost half of them will have antisocial personality disorder in adulthood. Behavioral disorders are characterized by instability in school, work, relationships, and finances. Conduct disorders include problems such as bullying, intimidation, fighting, cruelty to people and animals, illegal possession of weapons, theft, drug use, truancy, running away, and arson. These children often have low self-esteem and are very unhappy.

Economically, behavioral disorders cost society as a whole a great deal. Thirty percent of general practitioner visits are for behavioral problems and are present in 28% of pediatric outpatient referrals. The education of children with behavior problems often requires placement in special schools with a low teacher-to-pupil ratio and constant supervision that drives up the costs of their education. Law enforcement, probation, and social services spend a great deal of energy and money fighting crime and its effects. There are also the costs of property damage, medical bills for personal injury, and the subsequent costs of unemployment, welfare, and maintenance of the prison system.

If left untreated in adolescence, adult manifestations of behavioral disorders may include alcoholism, depression, drug addiction, antisocial personality disorder, theft, illegal carrying and use of weapons, violence towards self, others and property , drunk driving, vandalism, unemployment, child abuse, divorce and spousal violence.

But don’t let all these stats put you off! Let them inspire you to have children who never face these problems because there is a lot that parents can do to help their children.

Don’t embarrass them

One of the most important things is that parents avoid embarrassing them. Many parents are very hard on their children because children need to be “tough” to survive in our world. This is certainly true; However, when children are made to feel bad about their emotions or need for support, it actually weakens rather than strengthens them. Children who seem to be able to handle the difficult world they live in without problems are actually more in touch with their emotions than withdrawn, antisocial, nerdy, and bullied children.

Work first on yourself, then on your relationship with your child

Many parents are exasperated with their children, but often their children’s problems come from their parents. No one wants to admit that they have problems and, worse, their problems are affecting their children. When you are fighting unpleasantly with your spouse, yelling at your children or (God forbid) abusing them, a workaholic who is never home or the silent parent who is physically at home but not emotionally at home, is it any surprise that your child is going crazy? in trouble? Which brings us to the next topic.

Recognize the signs of depression in children.

There are many reasons for depression in children: divorce, death of a loved one, school delay, chemical imbalances, etc. When people think of depression, they often think of someone sad, listless, who cries a lot. However, in our culture, children are not allowed to act like this (they have to be tough), so they express their sadness with anger. They act instead of acting. Signs of male depression are: getting into trouble, fighting, breaking things, wearing black, self-destructive behaviors, yelling, etc. A child who acts like this is not a “troublemaker,” “opponent,” “defiant,” or just plain bad, but is depressed, sad, lonely, and desperately in need of someone to help him.

Spend time with your boys and let them know that you love them.

Our children are desperate to spend time with us. Yes, even to our spoiled teenagers who claim we shame them. Young people who are at risk are afraid. They fear that if they open up and tell their parents that they need their love and attention, they will be rejected, just as the rest of us fear. As parents, we must realize that our children need our love and attention no matter what they say. And really, the more our children say they don’t need our love, the more they need it.

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Does Affirmative Action Perpetuate Racism?

Affirmative action, as we know it, has served its original purpose; without review, it will ultimately perpetuate the racism and oppression it was designed to destroy. The original purpose of Affirmative Action is to provide special consideration to qualified and underrepresented women and minorities in education, employment, and contract awarding to offset historical and institutional racism, discrimination, and oppression of white men.

Even though the face value of this policy seems to provide women and minorities with a long-time short cut in the line of opportunity on the road to their dreams; it is really an illusion of justice that makes them forget and overlook who owns the amusement park in the first place. Affirmative Action should not focus on shortcuts the underrepresented populations at the front of the line, but rather provide them with the psychological and educational tools that will allow them to design their own attractions and build their own amusement park.

The current Affirmative Action policy is punitive in nature because it suggests that all white men are powerful and wealthy racists who oppress women and minorities. And if they do not personally have these characteristics, some white male of their family lineage had them or will have them in the future for which they should be punished with exclusion. This policy also assumes that simply because you are a white male, you are automatically intellectually and financially superior to women and minorities. Furthermore, everything he wants will come easily to him without hard work, struggle, and sacrifice because other white men in dominant positions eagerly await to anoint all his desires.

This may be true for a small percentage of white men, but I believe that most people, regardless of race or gender, have worked very hard to achieve their goals and dreams. The key to success for white men is not that someone gave them the answers to the law school or college entrance exams, but that they share the same work ethic, identity, and level of self-esteem as the people who wrote the exams. .

One billion years from today, American slavery and the annihilation of Native Americans will still have taken place in America. How many years, decades, or centuries must pass before white men are justly punished for the sins of their parents? How will we scientifically measure whether or not they have been sufficiently punished for their father’s sins? Will we measure it by the success of women and minorities compared to white men? Or by the percentage of white men who fail in areas where they previously succeeded? Based on current conditions in American society, Affirmative Action does not create a cohesive, cooperative American culture that unites its citizens; but one who is divisive and refuses to learn from the past and most importantly to learn to forgive.

Affirmative Action must be a policy that affirms authentic beauty across all races, religions, ethnic groups, and genders to ensure that all qualified applicants, including white males, have equal opportunities based on a “rotation system.” that reflects racial and cultural diversity. In America.

The reason we need some kind of Affirmative Action policy is because it is human nature for people to associate with people who think, act, feel and behave like themselves. Look at your friends, (do not include sex of any kind) how many real friends, not co-workers or colleagues who come to your house for social activities or lunch on occasion, do you have to be of a different race or religion and do not share your belief system? Most people have close friends who are the same race as them. There is nothing wrong with having the majority of friends in your personal life who look and think like you; However, in a culturally diverse society like the United States, it is essential to our well-being that we have a policy that overcomes social and cultural constraints and personal preferences that create a workforce and an educational system that celebrates, cultivates, and respects cultural diversity. .

I believe that Affirmative Action should focus on alleviating the conditions that create or contribute to racism and discrimination as follows:

1. We must establish a cultural diversity committee representing all major education, employment and policy systems and departments to develop rotating hiring and acceptance criteria that include all races and genders (including white males).

2. The United States should declare an official language. Even if it is Spanish or French, I am willing to learn it. One of the reasons Native Americans and Africans in the slave trade were unsuccessful in defending themselves is because they spoke over 100 (some sources say over 1000) different languages ​​living in close proximity to each other. Because they couldn’t communicate with each other, they couldn’t plan, vote, or organize as an effective community, much less as a defense army. The reality is subjective. Language gives people the tools to see, understand and respect the point of view of others.

3. To develop self-esteem and self-esteem in all ethnic groups, we must establish a committee that includes members of all ethnic groups and genders to oversee that all public school textbooks objectively include contributions from all races and genres for everyone. themes and theories. Freud, Jung, Skinner, and Watson are not the only people contributing to the field of psychology. For example, each textbook should include theories from Asian, Hispanic, Arab, White, and African psychologists, both male and female. When students see the contributions and success of people who look like themselves, as well as others, they will learn that success and intelligence is not a physical characteristic of being white or male, but who you are on the inside.

4. There is no such thing as a white person. All people have culture, traditions and heritages. How can you respect the differences in another person when you cannot see and respect the unique differences and beauty within yourself?

5. History must be taught objectively and truthfully so that people learn that being a victim or a hero is not related to skin color, but to internal integrity and dignity. African Americans should be taught that one of the reasons the slave trade in America was so successful was because many (not all) African leaders captured and sold their own people as slaves. Europeans were unfamiliar with the continent and would not have been so successful without the cooperation of native Africans. Whites need to know that there were many whites who fought against slavery and lost everything, including their lives and families, because they felt that slavery was bad. Not all by any means, but it is documented that many Native Americans were successful paid slave hunters because they were more familiar with the land. Learning that all ethnic groups are capable of choosing to do right or wrong will teach people that it is not the color of their skin that determines their success in life, but the choices they make.

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The nine habits of very healthy people

We don’t yet have the perfect formula for long life, happiness, and physical health, but a little careful distillation of the enormous amount of health and longevity research reveals that growing nine basic garments You will significantly increase your chances of living long, well and happily, in a robust, healthy body suitable for your weight.

  1. Eat your vegetables. I’m not kidding, and I’m talking about at least 9 servings a day. Unless you are following the strictest first stage of the Atkins diet, you should be able to consume 60 to 120 grams of carbohydrates a day (depending on your weight and exercise level), and you would have to eat a corral full of spinach to get to that amount. All the major studies of long-lived, healthy people show that they eat a ton of plant foods. Nothing provides antioxidants, fiber, flavonoids, indoles, and the entire pharmacopoeia of disease-fighting phytochemicals like things that grow in rich soil.
  2. Eat fish and / or take fish oil.. The omega-3s found in cold-water fish like salmon deserve the title of “wellness molecule of the century.” They lower the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, improve mood, and are good for the brain. And if you are pregnant, they can make your child smarter!
  3. Connect. And I don’t mean the Internet. In virtually every study of healthy, happy people in their ninth and tenth decade, social connections are one of the “prime movers” of your life. Whether it’s church, family, volunteer work, or the community, finding something that interests you that is bigger than you, that you can connect with and Involving other people (or animals) will extend your life, increase your energy, and make you happier, always.
  4. Get some sun. At least 10-15 minutes three times a week. Interestingly, a recent study showed that the four healthiest places on earth where people lived the longest were in sunny climates. The sun improves your mood and increases levels of vitamin D that fights cancer, improves performance and strengthens bones, a vitamin that most people do not get enough of.
  5. Sleep well. If you’re low on energy, gaining weight, grumpy, and looking haggard, guess what? You are most likely not getting enough sleep or not well enough. Sleep “well” I mean an uninterrupted sleep, in the dark, without the television on, in a relaxing environment. Nothing nourishes, replenishes and reboots the system like 7-9 hours of sleep. Suggestion: start by going to bed an hour earlier. And if you have a computer in the bedroom, banish it!
  6. Exercise every day. Forget these 20 minutes three times a week. Long-lived people do things like field chores at 4:30 in the morning! Our Paleolithic ancestors traveled an average of 20 miles per day. Our bodies were designed to move regularly. New studies show that walking for just 30 minutes a day not only reduces the risk of more serious diseases, it can even grow new brain cells!
  7. Practice gratitude. By making a list of the things you are grateful for, you focus your brain on positive energy. Gratitude is incompatible with anger and stress. Practice using your underused “right brain” and spread some love. Focusing on what you’re thankful for, even for five minutes a day, has the added benefit of being one of the best stress-reducing techniques on the planet.
  8. Drink red wine or eat grapes. The effect of resveratrol on dark grapes is being studied to prolong life, which appears to be the case in almost all species studied. (By the way, it does eat about a third less food, too.) If you have a problem with alcohol, you can get resveratrol from grapes, peanuts, or supplements. (And if you’re a woman choosing the alcohol option, be sure to get folic acid every day.)
  9. Take out the sugar. The number one enemy of vitality, health and longevity is not fat, it is sugar. The effect of sugar on hormones, mood, immunity, weight, and possibly even cancer cells is huge, and it’s all negative. To the extent that you can eliminate it from your diet, you will be adding years to your life and life to your years.

This list may not be perfect and it may not be complete, but it is a start. As my dear grandmother used to say, “It couldn’t hurt.” None of these “habits” will hurt you, all will benefit you, and some can mean the difference between life and death.

And it’s never too late to start growing them.

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Is Private Equity Right For Your Business?

If you have an income generating business that has been operating for a couple of years and are interested in taking it to the next stage of growth, be it a cash injection or a full overhaul, consider partnering with a private company. equity investor.

First of all, what is “private equity”? In short, it is financing provided by investors in exchange for an equity stake in the company. This type of financing is generally associated with mature companies with growth potential that need regeneration. A wide range of industrial sectors benefit from PE, such as technology, industry, healthcare, banking and finance, and more.

People are often confused about the difference between private equity and venture capital. Venture capital is actually a form of private equity, but the main difference is that it tends to fund younger companies such as startups and startups.

Now that you know a little more, don’t stop there – there are many resources available that will teach you everything you need to know about private equity financing. This is just the beginning.

Once you’ve done a little more research, let’s take a look at what you should do to acquire this type of financing for your business. The first thing to do to start your journey is interview potential investors.

We understand how complex it is to find the right investor, so we’ve listed some key questions to ask yourself when trying to find the right investor to partner with for the long term:

  • How much control will management and shareholders have?

  • Will there be subsequent investments? If so, what are the terms?

  • What experience does the private equity firm have in your sector?

  • Who are the main points of contact?

  • What will happen if either party wants to get out of the deal?

  • What costs will the company be responsible for?

  • What is the investment horizon?

  • What does the capital structure look like?

In addition to having these questions, we recommend that you always have a good attorney present to negotiate on your behalf. You’ll want to find a law firm with experience not only in private equity investing, but they must also have the business experience to be able to put themselves in the position of manager or founder. Choose your attorneys carefully and seek independent references.

Parabellum Investments are specialized mid-market investors who only invest money earned from previous successful investments. Our independent investment fund does not include external investors, such as investment committees or banks. This ensures faster operational processes and direct communication without having to consult with all external investors, which is typical of a traditional private equity arrangement. If you want to know how we can help your business prosper, visit our website and get in touch today.

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Abortion decree by precedent of the Supreme Court of the United States? As wrong as "Separate but equal"

Have you ever stopped to think about the strange twist of the supposedly established precedent of the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. the Topeka, Kansas Board of Education (1954), by a unanimous vote of the nine very differently minded justices of the Earl Warren Court? That was the first time in the history of the American republic that something so amazing was done to overturn a long-standing judicial precedent, and the only reason it happened was that each of the nine justices was personally courted by the president of the Supreme court. Earl Warren to see the existing precedent, Plessy v. Ferguson, 1896 as simply wrong, if not unconstitutional.

You see, the 1896 ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson established in that year by decree that racial segregation based on the doctrine of “separate but equal” was constitutional; but although it was “constitutional”, many jurists considered it morally incorrect, applied and imposed on the States. However, the powers granted to the states by the drafters in the Tenth Amendment to the Bill of Rights were deliberately intended to be very broad and generalized, while the powers granted to the federal government over the states were deliberately intended to be very restricted. There were no, and still are not, powers granted to the federal government in the United States Constitution to allow the creation of any “social” legislation, or laws governing race relations in or between states. The “Equal Protection” clause of the 14th Amendment, 1865, which was created by a vengeful and coerced northern sectional congress on the southern states (formerly the Confederacy) in 1865, is the closest thing to a “federal power.” to legislate social laws. and regulations, but does not evoke, add to, or diminish the specific federal powers set forth in Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution. The honorable drafters intended that federal law be standardized in the states according to the powers specifically assigned to the federal government by the Constitution, but the Constitution allowed the states to be very different in law and appearance according to the tenth. Amendment. If a person did not like legislation created by a particular state legislature, it was the right of that person to seek a change in that law at the state level of the state legislature, or to move to another state where the law was in effect. different. Only if the State did not conform to the standardized laws imposed on all States by the federal government in accordance with the powers assigned to the national government by the Constitution, could the federal government impose its federal will on the State in accordance with Supremacy. Clause of the United States Constitution.

Perhaps, in 1954, the eight associate justices of the United States Supreme Court, both liberal and conservative, were persuaded by Chief Justice Earl Warren that Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) was not a true judicial precedent because the “separate but equal” doctrine should not have been imposed on the states by the federal government. Perhaps Warren could have regarded the Plessy ruling as a matter that originally should have been declared in 1896 as exclusively a state matter, that should not have been tried and resolved by a US district court and appealed through the courts. However, Warren was a liberal jurist and a progressive Wilsonian (who mistakenly believed that the United States Constitution was not set in stone by the framers, but was highly changeable) and probably considered Plessy v. Ferguson as a socially deplorable, if not immoral, failure. Warren probably also believed that the only way to rectify an “immoral” sentence, applied to all states, would be to completely ignore it as precedent. For liberals seeking judicial activism, Brown v. The Board of Education’s decision was a blessing. For most conservatives it was a curse and a vile mark on the Tenth Amendment to the Bill of Rights. Although he did not, Warren could have chosen to climb into a soap box and declare aloud that, “if the people, or the states, wanted the federal government to have the power to legislate social rules and regulations in the states “. , the U.S. Constitution would have to be properly amended to give that power to the federal government. I don’t know if Earl Warren had come to believe that the 14th Amendment had been improperly or properly intended in 1865 to nullify the power of the States under the Tenth Amendment Bill of Rights. Since he had been a liberal defender of judicial activism and not a vocal defender of the first ten amendments, I sincerely doubt it. Earl Warren did not clarify before he died why he assiduously courted the vote of each of the eight associate justices, culminating in the unanimous decision to overturn Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and dismissing it as a precedent. I believe that the ruling was for Warren an act of judicially supplanting what he thought was vile with a questionably constitutional ruling. However, I don’t think you can have both. If a decision of the US Supreme Court, or a legislative act of Congress, is basically not constitutional, there is no reasonable way to justify the results of its implementation.

In much the same way, the Supreme Court of John Roberts of the 21st century, with a predominant conservative majority today, could, in the very near future, declare with those five conservative votes the evil and immorality of Roe v. Wade, 410 US 113 (1973), and that it should not have been considered in 1974 as arising under the laws of the United States or under the Constitution of the United States to be determined by the federal judiciary. Those conservative judges currently have the power to rule that Roe v. Wade “did not” should have originally been tried and tried by a US district court and appealed to the US Supreme Court but should have been originally and forever considered exclusively a matter of state. This is a topic that Senator Lindsay Graham focused on in his confirmation cross-examination of then-Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh, when the senator asked Kavanaugh if the historical precedent that abortion was a state-only matter exceeded the legal precedent of Roe v. Wade (1973). At the time, Kavanaugh declined to answer the question correctly, saying only that he would “follow the precedent.” However, historically, abortion was an exclusively state matter that was regarded as strictly as homicide, or the unlawful murder of one human being by another, during the four hundred year period in which the original thirteen states were British colonies. The original thirteen states, formerly colonies, established a standard for defining the unborn as human beings by declaring that the murder of a pregnant woman constitutes the illegal murder of “two or more” human beings rather than one under colonial authority and State constitutional law and customary law. If that fetal human being in the womb of a pregnant woman killed by another human being is loved as a son or daughter by the pregnant woman, or by the man who got her pregnant, that human life is, historically, both a living being. breathe human like pregnant woman. The law cannot be twisted to be ambiguous on this very basic issue. Because if the wife of a prominent New York City attorney is pregnant and in the ninth month of pregnancy with that couple’s first-born child, and that child’s proud mother and father expect the child to be born on time, the premeditated murder of that woman and her child by a criminal during the commission of a robbery to a store constitutes the murder of two human beings, instead of just one; and that the husband / father would, in all likelihood, seek the death penalty for such a heinous crime. This basic principle applies to the intentional killing of “any” normal healthy child in the third, fourth, fifth or sixth month of gestation through abortion process when the mother of that child could have waited and delivered the living healthy child for adoption. What is the basic difference in outcome if the normal healthy child, in the mother’s womb, is deliberately killed by a gunshot (separately or together with the mother) or by the act of an abortionist? The baby, a human being, is dead as a result of the actions of other human beings.

Legal Law

The history and success of black filmmakers from Africa and the African diaspora

Indeed, it is a wonderful revelation in world cinema history that immensely talented African and African diaspora filmmakers are succeeding in innovative cinema. Not only are they challenging old movie recipes, they are also using their superior art of cinema to create and establish new visions of their people and the world. The journey of black filmmakers began as early as 1922 when Tressie Saunders, a black director, made the exemplary film ‘A Woman’s Mistake’. It was the first attempt of its kind at that time to decolonize the gaze and base the film on black female subjectivity. Yet today, even after a long history of evocative work, black female directors have had a long, slow road to the director’s chair, where only a handful of black female filmmakers have been able to break down racial barriers in Hollywood.

But apart from Hollywood, many of the black women of Africa and the United States have managed to stand out in world cinema. In fact, filmmakers like Julie Dash (originally from New York City) long ago won the award for best cinematography with their highly acclaimed film “Daughters of the Dust” at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival. On the other hand , Cheryl Denye from Liberia has received worldwide fame and recognition with her film The ‘Watermelon Woman’ (1996), which happens to be the first African-American lesbian feature film in the history of world cinema. Another female filmmaker, Safi Faye from Senegal has to her credit several ethnographic films that gave her international recognition and earned her various awards at the Berlin International Film Festivals in 1976 and 1979. In addition, there are independent black filmmakers like Salem Mekuria from Ethiopia who produces documentaries focusing on her native Ethiopia and African American women in general. In 1989, Euzhan Palcy became the first black woman to direct a mainstream Hollywood film, ‘A Dry White Season’. Despite all this success, it remains true that the situation is not so rosy for African-American filmmakers. A documentary called “Sisters in Cinema” by Yvonne Welbon has tried to explore why and how the history of black women behind the camera has become strangely dark throughout Hollywood.

“Sisters in Cinema” is the first one-of-a-kind documentary in world cinema history that attempts to explore the lives and films of inspiring black women filmmakers. To commemorate the success and colossal achievement of female film noir throughout the centuries, a 62-minute documentary by Yvonne Welbon titled “Sisters in Film” appeared in 2003. The film attempted to trace the careers of inspiring African-American filmmakers from the early 20th century to the present day. The first documentary of its kind, ‘Sisters in Cinema’ has been regarded by critics as a robust visual history of the contributions of African American women to the film industry. ‘Sisters in Cinema’, they say, has been a seminal work that pays tribute to African American women who made history against all racial and social barriers and obstacles.

During the interview, filmmaker Yvonne Welbon admitted that when she set out to make this documentary, she hardly knew there were black female filmmakers other than African-American director Julie Dash. Yet in search of those inspiring directors, he set out to explore the fringes of Hollywood, where he discovered a phenomenal film directed by an African-American woman Darnell Martin. Aside from that ‘I Like It Like That’ movie, he discovered only a handful of movies produced and distributed by African Americans. That said, Hollywood’s monopoly by white filmmakers, producers, and distributors inspired her to go down the independent film path. Surprisingly, here she discovers a wide range of truly remarkable films directed by an African American woman outside of the Hollywood studio system and thus discovered her sisters in the cinema.

Within the 62-hour documentary, the careers, lives and films of inspiring female filmmakers, such as Euzhan Palcy, Julie Dash, Darnell Martin, Dianne Houston, Neema Barnette, Cheryl Dunye, Kasi Lemmons and Maya Angelou are showcased, along with rare, in -In-depth interviews interwoven with movie clips, rare stock footage, and production photos and videos of the filmmakers at work. Together, these images give voice to African American female directors and serve to illuminate a story of the phenomenal success of black female filmmakers in world cinema that has remained hidden for far too long.

In recent times, the Eighth Annual African American Women in Film Film Festival was held in New York City in October 2005. It was another notable event that showcased exceptional feature films and documentaries, as well as short films made by African American filmmakers such as Aurora. . Sarabia, a fourth generation Chicana (Mexican American) from Stockton, CA, Vera J. Brooks, a Chicago producer, Teri Burnette, a Socialist filmmaker, Stephannia F. Cleaton, an award-winning New York City newspaper journalist, and the Staten Island Advance Business Editor, Adetoro Makinde, Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Nigerian-American first generation actress, among others. And more recently, from February 5 to March 5, 2007, the Film Society of Lincoln Center & Separate Cinema Archive celebrated Black History Month, in which the center presented “Black Women Behind the Lens.”

A seething documentary, “Black Women Behind the Lens” celebrates the uncompromising cinematic labor of love created by a group of brave African American women. Gifted with uncommon determination and a fearless spirit, these black filmmakers were committed to speaking truth to power while offering alternatives to the stereotypical images of black women found in mainstream media. They turned to guerilla cinema, an artistic rebellion against Hollywood’s long-established network, and have challenged old cinematic perceptions, using their art to erect new visions of their people, their heritage, and their world. Leading theorists, sociologists, writers and directors say it’s good to know that African women filmmakers and the African diaspora are challenging old movie recipes and creating their own visions in the cinema they love to make.

However, while significant numbers of women in Africa and here in the United States have been able to build successful careers in film, the obstacles are particularly daunting. The problem, says Elizabeth Hadley, president of Women’s Studies at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, is not particularly about black women making movies, but issues of marketing, distribution and financing. As a result, most of these women find money independently and work on tight budgets. However, all said and done, it is quite encouraging to know that at least some of these women dare to decolonize the Hollywood gaze and base their films on black female subjectivity. Any attention or recognition that comes when these women wish to communicate their ideas about Black history and heritage, with an emphasis on the experience of women, should be welcomed!

Legal Law

Duties and responsibilities of a corporate attorney

A corporate attorney is a person who works for a corporate house or company or firm and specializes in corporate law. Corporate law is the study of how shareholders, directors, employees, creditors, and other stakeholders, such as consumers, the community, and the environment, interact with each other. Company law involves the study of the 2013 Company Law, etc. So, corporate law is part of a broader company law.

It is the duty of corporate attorneys to understand the laws and regulations to help the company and its clients work within the legal limits. The role of these attorneys is to ensure the legality of business practices and transactions. The other duties of corporate attorneys include ensuring the viability of business transactions, advising corporations on their legal rights and duties, including the duties and responsibilities of employers and other officials. To be effective in compliance, they must have knowledge of aspects of contract law, securities law, intellectual property rights, tax law, accounting law, bankruptcy law, licensing, and specific laws. of the business of the corporations for which they work. . You have to maintain confidentiality between the company and the company’s clients. This is so because if the company’s clients are not assured of confidentiality, they will be less likely to seek legal advice.

The work of corporate attorneys includes legal drafting, agreement review, agreement negotiation, and attending meetings with company clients. Handles the company’s in-house legal work with less or no litigation work. However, you have to assist the company’s outside attorneys in legal matters. Although they work for large companies, they can also be freelancers and hire many different companies. Generally, they serve a single client, that is, the corporation for which they work. As a corporate attorney, you are called upon to handle a variety of legal tasks including corporate tax, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structure matters, employment law, and various other legal matters. They generally need to be knowledgeable in a wide range of legal fields and will need to be able to handle a large number of issues. Some corporations hire multiple attorneys depending on the job and requirement, each of whom is a specialist in one or two areas of corporate law. So small corporations hire one or two attorneys, while larger corporations may have more than one or two attorneys, each with their own specialty. Generally, corporations such as banks, insurance companies, retail companies, hospitals, oil companies and biotechnology companies, manufacturing companies, energy and communications companies require full-time corporate attorneys.

To be a corporate lawyer, it is essential that you have a corporate law specialization course and this can be done by earning an LLM degree after completing the LLB course. An LLM course in corporate law will generally include work in corporate and securities law, contracts and commercial law, intellectual property rights, banking law, international trade law, and other areas.

Legal Law

Top Ten Reasons Law Firms Should Consider Selective Legal Outsourcing

In the last quarter of 2008, the United States faces economic challenges never imagined even a few months ago. How will businesses manage and survive constraints on credit, demand, and growth? How is the economic recession affecting lawyers and law firms serving the business community?

It is an obvious fact that companies can only consider modifying two streams of income, income and expenses, to increase profitability. If incomes are low and not expected to increase dramatically anytime soon, law firm clients will pick up the hatchet in order to survive. Legal fees will be under extreme scrutiny. Legal outsourcing, while still a nascent industry, is gaining momentum and is being considered in more corporate boardrooms. As pressures to outsource mount, lawyers wonder whether they should embrace outsourcing legal work abroad or resist. In the face of global economic challenges, coupled with the increasing loss of American jobs, why would an American law firm even want to consider legal outsourcing? Are There Valid Reasons Every American Law Firm Should Consider Specific Legal Outsourcing?

Several weeks ago I received an email from an attorney who was considering outsourcing some of his law firm’s legal work. Faced with resistance and challenges from many at his law firm who wanted to maintain the status quo, he asked me for advice on what he should say to his partners. Why should the firm outsource legal work abroad, a practice considered by some to be adventurous and risky, rather than stay the course, doing it “like we always have”? I responded with the top ten reasons every law firm should consider selective legal outsourcing:


Outsourcing some legal work to qualified providers in India will result in significantly lower overhead costs for the outsourcing law firm. When evaluating comparative costs, the law firm will do well to carefully calculate the true costs of hiring an attorney or paralegal. Those costs include salary and bonus, health insurance, vacation and holiday pay, sick time expenses, FICA, office space and equipment for the attorney, legal assistant staff and secretary assigned to that attorney, pension and profit sharing. , car and parking expenses, CLE seminar costs, and other employment benefits such as life and disability insurance. The actual annual cost of an attorney earning an annual base salary of $ 150,000 to $ 175,000 is most likely in the range of $ 250,000 to $ 300,000 per year. NONE of these customary expenses increased to a law firm using supplemental offshore legal providers.


Selective outsourcing will improve the efficiency of your law firm. Because Indian attorneys work while American attorneys sleep, it will be as if your law firm has a full-time, fully-staffed night shift. A colleague can assign some work at 6pm in the afternoon and the completed homework on their desk when they arrive at the office the next morning. Litigation cases will move more quickly through the court system with less need for time extensions.


As a child, not many of the sermons I heard from my pastor stuck with me. But one, when I was fourteen still rings a bell. He said, “Ninety percent of any worthwhile effort is backpacking, connecting, day after day. Only ten percent of our work tasks are necessarily fun and enjoyable.” I have always remembered that statement. In more than two decades as a trial attorney, I have enjoyed strategizing and trying cases before juries. But I didn’t necessarily enjoy all the trial and deposition preparation, investigation and briefing, document review, and other mundane essentials of the practice of law. A law firm that incorporates outsourcing into its practice will inevitably foster more satisfied attorneys who dedicate their time and energy to the most challenging, fun, and rewarding parts of the practice of law. Only legal “housework” work is outsourced and “basic” work remains on the ground. This allows more time for client interaction and development by the firm’s attorneys.


Law firm clients, particularly business clients, are everywhere looking for ways to reduce their legal expenses. Many ask why they should pay, for example, $ 200- $ 300 per hour for document review. Gone are the days when legal bills were simply paid without scrutiny. Also, annual increases in hourly rates will not be well received by customers looking to cut costs. Wise law firms put the interests of their clients before their own. What is good for the client will ultimately be good for the law firm itself.


The Rules of Professional Conduct require that: a. “An attorney must seek to achieve a client’s legal goals through reasonable and permissible means.” (Rule 1.2) b. “An attorney will explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to allow the client to make informed decisions about representation.” (Rule 1.4 b) c. “An attorney will use reasonable efforts to expedite litigation in the best interests of the client.” (Rule 3.2)

An attorney is required to explore and discuss with his client all reasonable means to achieve the client’s objectives. An attorney cannot charge excessive or unreasonable fees. It would seem that one could say that an attorney is required to discuss selective outsourcing as a way to reduce the client’s ultimate fee obligation and promote the client’s interests.


Clients have long questioned the rising legal fees for basic legal work and “chores.” However, they felt as if they had no other choice. They needed legal representation and they wanted good quality work. As there was no significant degree of variation in fees from one law firm to another, clients tended to “stay put.” This trend is beginning to change as customers learn that they have options. Lawyers who selectively outsource are reporting a more satisfied and loyal client base. Clients who perceive that their attorneys are looking out for their entire interests, including fee costs, tend to remain committed to their existing law firms and even refer other clients (whose attorneys refuse to outsource).


If your law firm is not outsourcing, make sure your competition is. August 21, 2007 Bloomberg. com reported that even long-established AMLAW 100 law firms like Jones Day and Kirkland & Ellis are outsourcing under pressure from clients.


It is reasonable and acceptable for US law firms that outsource legal work abroad to charge a reasonable supervisory fee in conjunction with outsourced legal work. It is axiomatic that an attorney who outsources legal work, whether to an associate, contract attorney, or offshore provider, ultimately remains accountable to his client for the quality and timeliness of the delivery of the legal product. If an attorney assigns research and writing a brief to a junior associate, the assigning attorney will not routinely present the final work product to the court without review and supervision. The same goes for legal outsourcing abroad. The published ethics opinions of the San Diego, New York, and United States Bar Associations indicate that a lawyer who subcontracts abroad may charge a reasonable supervisory fee.


Clients communicate with each other. Executives from major companies play golf and have lunch with each other. The Corporate General Counsel attends CLE meetings and seminars, sharing information and ways to increase efficiency and reduce costs. They know about offshore outsourcing and the dramatic cost savings that can be achieved. Therefore, it is unacceptable to ignore legal outsourcing and, as a managing partner at a law firm told me, “I have no appetite” for it.


Doing nothing is not an option. Some are outsourcing. Many more are considering it, whether driven by keen business sense or financial realities. Outsourcing is like a big, sinister wave just a few miles offshore. It is preferable to surf the wave than to wait to be swallowed, overwhelmed by its power and left wondering what happened.

British economist Herbert Spencer is credited with originating the term “survival of the fittest” in the mid-19th century. Although it also applies to biology, Spencer applied the concept of survival of the fittest to the free market economy. In a free market, companies and businesses will do whatever it takes to survive. If that means outsourcing some American legal work for the greater good of the entity’s own survival, then so be it. The model of ever-increasing salaries and legal expenses followed by even higher legal fees charged to clients can no longer sustain itself. Legal outsourcing is here to stay. The wise will find out, survive, and prosper.