Kim And Putin: Changing The State Of The Board In Korea

Authored by Tom Luongo,

Today is a big day for Korea. The first face-to-face summit of Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un takes place.

At the same time the 2nd annual Belt and Road Forum kicks off in Beijing.

This meeting between Putin and Kim has been in the works for a while but rumors of it only surfaced last week. But don’t let the idea that this was put together at the last minute fool you.

It wasn’t.

The future of Korea could be decided by these two men today. read more

Rothschilds Liquidating Royal Heirlooms In Historic Auction

The Rothschild banking family is auctioning off furniture and artifacts which once belonged to European monarchies, according to Bloomberg, which calls the July 4th liquidation a “royal summer yard sale.” 

Members of the storied clan, whose extravagant style influenced generations of the mega-rich, consigned about 57 lots to Christie’s July 4 auction in London. The trove is estimated at about 10 million pounds ($12.9 million). –Bloomberg

“There’s something mythical about the Rothschilds that’s attached to whatever they owned,” said New York interior designer Robert Couturier. “They created their own world of taste and elegance. There’s an abandon of luxury that few other families had.”  read more

How Team Sports Reduce Risk of Depression in Kids

The preteen and teenage years can be rough for a lot of kids. Their bodies are changing, their hormones are raging, and anxiety and depression can be a very real part of their existence.

In fact, a 2016 study in the journal Pediatrics found a 37 percent increase in the number of teens who have experienced major depressive episodes over the past decade.

Many of those kids aren’t getting the help they need either. The Child Mind Institute reported that 60 percent of kids with depression are going without treatment. read more

Why Men Need Minimalism

In 1899, Teddy Roosevelt delivered a speech in Chicago in which he extolled the virtues of what he called “the strenuous life.”

“[T]he life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph,” said Roosevelt.

Roosevelt, the quintessential “man in the arena,” lived a strenuous life full of risk-taking, rugged self-reliance, and commitment to core values. His lifelong adventure culminated in the presidency of the United States. read more

5 Signs of Low Testosterone

As we age, we begin to experience many different changes to our bodies and health. For men, one of these significant changes is a reduction in testosterone, which can lead to unwanted symptoms. But how can you tell if you are enduring regular changes or if they are a result of low testosterone? And if they are a result of low testosterone, when should you treat it?

Look for these five signs to determine if the changes you are experiencing are a result of low testosterone.

Fatigue

It is natural to feel less energy as you get older, but always feeling sluggish throughout the day could be a sign of low testosterone. You will experience chronic fatigue if you have low testosterone, meaning even if you sleep well at night, you won’t feel well rested. read more

Why Parenting Without Yelling Is Better for Kids—and You

I’m not a yeller by nature, so the first time I really screamed at my daughter, it caught not only her attention but also the attention of the two friends we were with.

She was maybe 2 years old and had yanked away from me to run out into the street. My reaction was primal, the yell that emanated from me almost guttural. Everything in me vibrated as I raised my voice and yanked my girl out of the street.

“Whoa,” one of my best friends said moments later. “I’ve never heard you do that. I didn’t even know you had it in you.” read more

‘Water Is Life’: Unexpected Rainfall Revives Iraq’s Historic Marshlands

CHIBAYISH MARSHES, Iraq—This time last year, most of Iraq’s historic marshlands were dry, desiccated by upstream damming and a chronic lack of rainfall.

Now, local farmers are counting their blessings after unexpected heavy rainfall at the end of 2018 caused the dams to overflow by early January and water came gushing back to the wetlands in southeastern Iraq.

For Yunus Khalil, a farmer raising water buffalo in the central marsh, the lack of water meant he had to sell most of his herd at a loss last year. read more

From The Folks Who Lie, Cheat, & Steal For A Living – Project Fake Duck

Authored by Rob Slane via TheBlogMire.com,

Mike Pompeo, the former CIA director and now chief diplomat of the United States, made the following remarks in a recent interview:

“I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. It’s — it was like — we had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment.”

That perhaps won’t come as too much of a surprise to many people, but it is nonetheless welcome to have it admitted by no less a person than the former director of that organisation. read more

P&G Operating Margin, Grooming Product Sales Dip on Strong Dollar; Shares Drop

Procter & Gamble Co. reported a decline in its third-quarter operating margin on April 23 and said a strong U.S. dollar hurt sales of its grooming products, sending shares of the maker of Tide and Gillette products down as much as 3.3%.

Soaring commodity and transportation costs have eroded margins across the consumer goods industry over the past year. P&G said its core operating margin declined by 60 basis points to 19.9%, and was hurt by foreign exchange fluctuations.

This was considerably below the estimates of some analysts. Bernstein analyst Ali Dibadj, for example, forecast an operating margin of 20.9%. read more

Trump’s Policies Lift Lockheed Martin’s Profit, Shares Surge

Lockheed Martin Corp. reported better-than-expected quarterly profit on April 23 as President Donald Trump’s looser policies on foreign arms sales boosted demand for missiles and fighter jets.

The Pentagon’s biggest weapons supplier is the first major defense company to report quarterly earnings this week, which Wall Street expects to be higher than a year ago as global demand for arms rises. Trump’s administration has proposed an increase in U.S. defense spending for the next fiscal year.

Lockheed shares rose nearly 7 percent in their best one-day percentage rise since October 2016. Investors bet on similar results from the whole sector, pushing Northrop Grumman Corp., Raytheon Co., and General Dynamics Corp. shares up more than 2.7 percent. read more