The 2016 Digital Decisions

The social media war rooms were created, the database has already been built and the advertisement targeting methods has been secured and loaded. At this moment, it is about implementation and comprehending how, where and how much channels to use? How much funds should be allocated to digital over some other channels? But how all of this latest multiple channel voter profile data base best utilized, to which goals and on what segments? Nowadays since the advertisement technology can focus to tapered slices of the electorate, will there be messages address to that of the interest of the voters? Plus where and how can digital channels can turn people to shut away from the screen to carry out the most vital political act turning out to vote?

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What the public’s say regarding MediaPost’s Marketing Politics conference….

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The future of content marketing in politics and on other sectors is expected to improve in the coming years that will definitely commence next year. This is something that all the people in USA, Australia, Canada and other countries all over the world are looking forward to.

Scotch Whisky Contributes £5bn To The UK

So far, in the last 10 years, Scotch whisky did a great job with their 115 distilleries all over the country, working round-the-clock to produce world-class whiskies to cater 200 markets all over the world. About forty bottles of Scotch whisky are shipped abroad every second, this contributes to about £5bn of the balance of payments in the UK. However, the success of their whiskies came at a price.

The Scotch Whisky Association is now working 24/7 to block attempts of some companies worldwide in passing off their products to boost the country’s profits. In one of the recent news, the industry body revealed that the proceedings were authorized against 19 various brands in the previous year: it covered Belgium, Curacao, China, Ecuador, Germany, France, New Zealand, India, Scotland and the Netherlands. Scotch whisky has been protected as a GI (Geographical Indication); this means that the product can be produced only in Scotland, according to the rules of the UK. However, this did not stop imitators; they came up with different ingenious ways just to avoid the laws and will be protected.

The facts and figures of Scotch whisky in 2014 are the following:

  • Exports generated was about £3.95billion, it is equivalent to £125 per second.
  • Each second, 38 bottles were shipped abroad.
  • Over 10,000 people are employed directly in the industry.
  • About 115 distilleries were licensed for the production of Scotch.
  • Scotch whisky accounted for about 25% of all the UK exports in terms of food and drinks.

Magnus Cormack, director of legal affairs in SWA said that the organization has around 60-70 active legal cases in thirty different countries, at the same time, the trademark oppositions reached 300 and it is increasing coming from 20 countries. He said, the issues involved are simple fraud like passing drinks labelled as Scotch whisky even if they are not and subtle attempts of dressing up products so that they look like Scotch. Last year, the association acted against Highlander, a brand from Bulgaria.

With this growing concern, Cormack said: “With the litigation internationally we have to draw on the expertise of lawyers in other countries to actually do the groundwork”.

VP Biden Eyeing for Presidential Seat – Visits South Florida

For two days, Vice President Joe Biden takes a good tour in South Florida to gauge some potential support and acquire political intelligence as he considers running for president.

The Itineraries

Biden has a number of itineraries during his two-day political trip. The following are included in his itineraries: Miami-Dade College for a discussion of college affordability and workforce training; negotiation for nuclear agreement with Iran before gathering Jewish leaders in Davie; and moving around Florida for campaign donors for a fund raising dinner for U.S Sen. Bill Nelson and other Democratic senators.

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Vice President Joe Biden visits a biotech class at Miami Dade College in Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

With this range of political routes, Biden will be in scrutiny for every step, word and action he makes. People will be looking for clues whether he’ll be seeking the support or nomination of the Democrats for his presidential pursuit.   Obviously, Florida is an important state as it is the biggest US state. As it could be remembered that it is the state gave Clinton the best of everything in terms of Democratic support.

Major Supports to Biden’s Presidency

Many of Biden’s supporters have been vocal in pushing him to run for the presidential race as Clinton is experiencing a diminishing support.

1. Sen. Jeremy Ring

Sen. Jeremy Ring, a Democrat representing Northwest Broward, vocally saying, “He should run. If Joe Biden runs, sign me up. I would be one of his biggest supporters.” Ring is not a new supporter of Biden and he is always vocal about it. Ring then added, that Biden would be a great president and is capable of rallying a country, does not have stains and is very approachable.

Just like other supporters, the vice president’s ability in connecting with the working class is being praised. Also, Ring really appreciated how Biden displayed a “super human strength” through his personal tragedies like the deaths of his wife and two children.

For the people of Florida, Biden is not a stranger. Throughout his term as a vice president, he has already visited Florida for more than 30 times with multiple appearances in various events and places like Broward and Palm Beach. Last 2005, Biden was on the campaign trail for Bill McBride who was running for governor in Florida.

2. Gordon Deckelbaum

On the other hand, is another vocal supporter of Biden in the name of Gordon Deckelbaum, a semi-retired real estate developer and former chairman of the Jewish Federation of Broward County. Deckelbaum said that, it’s been awhile since he was thinking that Biden would be the best man to run the country and he is hoping that Biden would take the challenge.

While with a hanging affiliation so far, Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter said that she is looking forward for the vice president to make up his mind. Ritter is one of the Florida Democrats who was known for supporting Barack Obama on his first presidential campaign.

With the August 20 Poll of Quinnipiac University of Florida Democrats, it had been found out that 48 percent supported Clinton, 15 percent for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and for Biden, 11 percent. However, the statistics still fluctuating, especially that Biden has not yet made a decision leaving others hanging on their decisions too. And add to it that blow of the issues of unworthiness against Clinton.

The upcoming 2016 Presidential Election is already making big fuzz around Florida not just among people but also among various companies like restoration company Florida since they too can have a big impact especially to whom their support would be.

Carly Fiorina to Critics – “I’m not a Neophyte”

The former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina the Republican presidential candidate had her side defended regarding the issues on her lack of experience in the political arena last Sunday.

Fiorina said, as a tech adviser to various agencies like NSA and CIA she has the edge. She said, American people are now sick, tired of those people within the political circle, and is looking for someone from outside to occupy the seat.

Moreover, Fiorina said that through her experiences of doing various policy works like advising secretaries of defense, heads of CIA and NSA, the secretaries of state and the Homeland Security, she has a great edge against her opponents, and that she is not a neophyte. Also, her global connections make her more qualified.

On being CEO

Fiorina said, “I understand how bureaucracies work. And that’s important because our government has become a vast, huge, bloated, corrupt bureaucracy.” Her wide knowledge and experience at HP Company as CEO from 1995 to 2005 is a proof that she is a leader. She said, “I had to make some tough calls during some tough times that many technology companies did not survive at all. There’s nothing worse than laying someone off I had to make some tough calls during some tough times that many technology companies did not survive at all.”

On being Fired

On 2005, Fiorina was laid off from the company and according to her, “I was fired in a boardroom brawl. We had board members who were leaking information out of the boardroom. You know, the truth is this: It is a leader’s job to challenge the status quo. And when you do, you make enemies.”

On Titles

Lastly, she added, that being US senator and secretary of state are not significant accomplishments as she said, that those are just titles.  “In the world that I come from, a title’s just a title,” Fiorina said. “Why are we so impressed with political titles? A senator is a title. Secretary of state is a title. What has anyone accomplished with their title?”

Running for national seat like a presidential ticket, it is of great important to enter into the market. It is just like promoting oneself to get votes amongst people. With the use of internet, doing such would be a lot easy especially using domains with high SEO metrics. With this, a candidate would just easily reach the people and promote his/her political platforms.

The Many Scandals of Jody Kriss

Jody Kriss, The Bayrock Group’s former CFO and cofounder of East River Partners, admits that he was working for the Russian Mob for over seven years. This occurred around the time he was working for Bayrock Group. He was asked to run errands for the Mafia, involving real estate transactions in New York and Florida using money from various criminal activities.

The sheer number of lawsuits Jody Kriss filed as a result of this admission is known to the public. Based on lawsuits filed by Kriss, he believes that it is okay as a result to use explicit extortion to get the shares from real estate deals that he believes he is entitled to. He also is acting as if it is acceptable to use blackmail to force defendants to move out of their apartments. He ultimately paid these victims $1.6 million for their silence.

In another Jody Kriss lawsuit, he uses dead Holocaust survivors as pawns in a litigation scheme against a Bayrock Group partner, attempting to use stolen documents as extortion to attempt to reap a half billion dollars from the embattled company.

One of Kriss’ former business associates is wanted by the Moscow district attorney office for tax and finance charges. According to his other partners, it was Kriss who covered for the illegal activities knowingly and acted as a frontman to hide the crimes. Another business partner of Jody Kriss was arrested for pimping, resulting in another lawsuit against Bayrock Group. How other partner, a popular Mob associate, has requested FBI protection since Kriss requested a hit on him fro the Persico or Columbo crime  family.

Jody Kriss and his legal team of Fred Oberlander and Richard Lerner, were accused of stealing pertinent documents from the US Supreme Court, as well as from the Bayrock Group. These sealed documents served to prove that one of Kriss’ former coworkers helped the FBI and US Justice Department to capture known Mob associates. These documents that Kriss illegally submitted as evidence to the courts were sealed to keep the coworker’s safety from being at risk and his life and the lives of his family members from being harmed.

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East River Partners. Jody Kriss on the right

Today, Jody Kriss is involved in several scandals relating to his company East River Partners. These scandals include construction clause breaches and risks to health and human safety. Although East River Partners is dealing with multiple lawsuits, the company is still growing rapidly. This brings people to question whether he is adapting his Mobster connections and mentality in his new endeavor.

Phone Poll Versus Internet Poll

According to the latest survey conducted by the Guardian/ICM via a phone poll says that the Conservatives are ahead by 6 points. While, the YouGov poll for the Sun via an internet survey says the Labour leads by 3 points.

Internet polls conducted last week says that the Labour’s lead ranges from 3 to 6 points. However, phone polls that were published several hours’ later say that the Tories are ahead by 1 point.

The differences of the poll results can be attributed and explained by the standard margin of error by random sampling of positive or negative 3 points that all polls have to face. But, the trends in the polls from internet and phone surveys tell us significant differences.

Which Method is Better?

The problem is that we won’t be sure enough until May 8th this year.

The phone polls conducted in 2010 were generally closer to the final results; however, it was mainly driven by the surveys conducted by the internet that overestimated the support for the Lib Dems.

Majority of the internet polls were generally correct in terms of figures for the 2 largest parties during the election. YouGov’s final results in 2010 had the Tories on 35%, while the Labour on 28% — which are just 1 point off from their final figures.

History tells us that phone polls are generally more accurate; however there is no evidence that suggest that this will always be the situation. The fact that only fewer people nowadays use the telephone will prove this historical basis to be a challenge to phone polls. Internet polling, on the other hand, is cheaper; thus, more data can be collected from various domains, and panels have become increasingly representative of a certain population as it grows in size.

The Difference between the 2 Approaches

Phone polls utilize random sampling; while those who take internet polls usually do it voluntarily as they have to sign up to a panel, but they cannot choose which poll to respond to.

There are also differences in methods used by phone and internet polls. This includes past voting behaviors, undecided voters, and levels of uncertainty.

Note that all types of polls have a margin of error and a level of confidence. For instance, for a poll of 100 people, there will be a marginal error of +/- 3 points and a confidence level of 95%. Theory suggests that 95% of the results of the poll are within the 3 percentage of points of what the results would be for the whole British population that participated in the survey.

The truth is there is always that element of uncertainty. That is, there is no way of knowing whether a certain poll is right or wrong until the election takes place. Because of that, it is highly recommended that you evaluate the trends of the polls first.

The latest average of the polls conducted by the Guardian has 2 main parties that are tied up; the conservatives who are on 33.7% which is just 0.1 points ahead of the party of Ed MIlibands.

Sarah Confesses She Gave a Dazzling Amount to Online Lover She Has Never Ever Met

Sarah, who will be featured on Dr. Phil’s upcoming episode, tells that she has met a man named Chris Olsen for the past 18 months on an online dating facility.

Chris who is a businessman based in Africa soon proclaimed his love over the 2 times divorced Sarah that he refers as his “flower” and soon to be “Mrs Olsen.”

However the path to happy ever after was such a rocky road as Chris was detained for several times and prevented to come back home following an incident with the African government in the country of Benin.

Sarah on the other hand is very determined to help her new found love. So she sold her apartment and earned $500,000 and sent the money to Chris in order to have his bail paid.


In spite of the story reading of a handbook How to Avoid a Dating Scam which seems like a warning call, Sarah is still “95% sure” Chris is not lying.

“He has given me assurance that once he gets home, he will repay every dime.” She said that she has given Chris around $1.4 million to settle his bail and bills and asked the help of Dr. Phil with the hope that he can make them unite on his show.

Sarah deems that Chris, an Italian who is already a widow and originates from Milan who transferred to America nearly 20 years ago. As they met online, he said to her he was currently working in South Africa. After several months, he moved to Benin together with his 2 daughters.

According to Sarah, Chris desperately wants to go back home to America but has an issue with the Benin government which include being falsely accused due to money laundering.

On top of the $500,000 amount of bail cash, Sarah has also paid the visa bills, hotel bills, attorneys, money for stolen credit cards and she was even the one who paid for the nanny’s salary.

Recalling about their first encounter over the web datingsite, Sarah said that she was overly flattered by the mere attention. “What I thought is that, wow, this guy is undeniably handsome, it is beyond my imagination that he is actually entertaining me.” “Chris is good with flattery and poetic words. He’ll ask me ‘how are you my queen’.”

Almost every day, the couple talk over the phone even though Sarah admits that during the moment she has recognized Chris, his voice has been quietly different. He seemed to have an Italian accent at first, but she believes that his voice was changed since he has been in Benin for quite some time.

“I still have faith in love.”

Jody Kriss Uses Courts of New York to Make Money?

Jody Kriss, the principal owner of East River Partners and former CFO of the Bayrock Group, has been involved in a large number of multimillion dollar lawsuits since leaving Bayrock in 2009. An analysis of the lawsuits Kriss is involved in shows a clear intent to increase capital for his own company by means of extortion and blackmail in order to receive settlement money. This money would most likely be used to create his own real estate stockpile.

According to a website that is dedicated to reveal the dirty tactics of Jody Kriss, he is involved in at least 5 lawsuits that he either filed as a plaintiff or fought as a defendant since 2010. The lawsuits include a billion-dollar case filed against hundreds of people that were involved in the building of Trump SoHo, an establishment that costs $450 million. They also include the $20-million lawsuit that was filed against a blogger from New York City wherein Kriss used dead Holocaust survivors as plaintiffs, Moreover, there is also the lawsuit filed against the East River Partners with regards to the harmful exposure of infants and families to lead paint and asbestos. All these were pointed towards Kriss attempting to extort quick cash without any regard for other people’s livelihood.

Jody Kriss filed a case against his former company, Bayrock Group, claiming that the company was just a racketeering front, suing them for $100 million worth of punitive damages. This is somehow one of the interesting cases under his wings as he has been the company’s CFO; thus, he should’ve had an idea about several financial decisions of the company as they had to go through him first. This case which was filed in May of 2010 is still sitting dormant primarily because of the way the evidences were claimed by Kirss and his legal team (Richard Lerner and Frederick Oberlander). The said evidence was obtained illegally as they stole it from the hard drive of the company; it contained confidential and sensitive information about attorney-client communications. Currently, it has been sealed since it places great risks to the safety of the defendants. As a result, the lawyers of Jody Kriss are now under investigation for criminal contempt of the court.

After many years of trial, Jody Kriss then filed a suit against Salvatore Lauria, one of the managing partners of Bayrock Group, on behalf of a deceased family of Holocaust survivors (the Estate of Ernest Gottdiener). This case, however, is still looking for new information to arrive in order to push through.

Three years after Kriss first filed a case against Bayrock Group, he then filed another suit. According to some sources, the demand was up from $100 million to $1 billion. In fact, the list of defendants continues to grow which included several government employees, high-end real estate developers, insurance companies, and hundreds of others. This too was put on hold, because of Kriss stole the hard drive of the company which contains dangerous information which could put the lives of the defendants at risk.

On top of these cases, an article which was released through New York City blog Queens Politics reveled that Kriss is a serial plaintiff out to make money using the Courts of New York as pawn. The blog even claimed that he is associated with the Russian Mafia as evidenced by a highly trafficked NY Post article about Kriss. Kriss immediately demanded $20 million settlement with the blog owner, Adam Lombardi. This case is still ongoing, and has hit many snags.

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Jody Kriss – Russian Mafia Connect?

There are at least 5 major lawsuits that involve Jody Kriss, demanding huge amounts of money which were based on threats of using stolen evidence and blackmail. No end is in sight.

Unsealing the Sentence Proceedings of the Stock Fraud Case

Before US President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch, a federal prosecutor, to be attorney general, the former federal judge was called to congress for investigation on her tenure in the US attorney’s office for stepping on victim’s rights.

A law professor at the University of Utah, Paul Cassell, said that Ms. Lynch’s office (the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York) haven’t the victims of a major cause that the culprits were sentenced; which denied them to seek out restitution of about $40 million losses.

In his written statement to House Judiciary Committee panel in 2013, stated that if the prosecutors kept the sentencing procedures a secret to reward criminals for their cooperation in the investigation, it would violate the Crime Victim Restitution Act.

Cassell wrote, “Every day that the office withholds notice from the victims in this case about the continuing proceedings that are occurring in this case is a day in which the office is violating the CVRA.”

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House of Judiciary Committee

The Judiciary Committee sent an email to The Washington Times that it didn’t followed up contact yet with Ms. Lynch’s office, but added that the panel hasn’t ruled out sending an inquiry to her office regarding the handling of the rights of the victims.

The NRO, however, have a written response from Lynch and said that the case of Sater’s cooperation with her office is vital to national security and declined discussing the issue of restitution.

Lynch, replied in writing, “The defendant in question, Felix Sater, provided valuable and sensitive information to the government during the course of his cooperation, which began in or about December 1998. For more than 10 years, he worked with prosecutors from my office, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and law enforcement agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies, providing information crucial to national security and the conviction of over 20 individuals, including those responsible for committing massive financial fraud and members of La Cosa Nostra. For that reason, his case was initially sealed…”

Because of Ms. Lynch’s nominations for being an attorney general was passed before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is controlled mainly by Republicans, the case would come up for an inquiry.

Mr. Cassell said during one of his interviews, “I do think it’s something that the senate should be investigating as part of the confirmation process.”

A lawyer filed a petition before the Supreme Court to force more records of the stock fraud case to be unsealed for the reason that Ms. Lynch’s office kept secret deals with criminal cooperators.

Atty. Frederick Oberlander, who sued Sater in behalf of the victims, said, “These deals, indisputably in defiance of mandatory federal forfeiture and restitution laws, allow cooperators to keep the proceeds of their crimes in exchange for their cooperation and keep their reputation intact, hidden behind secret dockets.”

The petition filed isn’t the first time that Oberlander and Atty. Richard Lerner sought to pry on the sealed records of Sater’s case.

Book: Pathways to Peace

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Pathways to Peace: The Transformative Power of Children and Families

Edited by James F. Leckman, the Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics; Catherine Panter-Brick, professor of anthropology, health, and global affairs; and Rima Salah, assistant clinical professor at the Child Study Center

(The MIT Press)

“Pathways to Peace” poses the question: can more peaceful childhoods promote a culture of peace? Increasing evidence from a broad range of disciplines shows that how people raise their children affects the propensity for conflict and the potential for peace within a given community. In this book, experts from a range of disciplines examine the biological and social underpinnings of child development and the importance of strengthening families to build harmonious and equitable relations across generations. They explore the relevance to the pursuit of peace in the world, highlight directions for future research, and propose novel approaches to translate knowledge into concrete action.

The contributors describe findings from research in biology, neuroscience, evolution, genetics, psychology, social sciences, and policy. They report empirical evidence on children living in violent conditions, resilience in youth, and successful interventions. Their contributions show that the creation of sustainable partnerships with government agencies, community leaders, policy makers, funders, and service providers is a key ingredient for success. Taken together, they suggest possible novel approaches to translate knowledge into concrete action.