Billionaire Next Door?

Have you ever driven around your town and seen that enigmatic neighbor of yours driving a car that cost more than your college education? Maybe you’ve long heard rumors that he, or she, is incredibly wealthy but never really had a polite way of finding out. I mean, could you imagine walking up to them and saying “Excuse me, how much money do you have?”

Well, if that person is Bruce Levenson who is listed among the country’s richest people, you don’t need to ask. Look no further than America’s favorite financial magazine: Forbes. The popular publication has just released it’s list of each state’s wealthiest individuals, and the numbers may shock you.

Who’s the Richest Person in Your State?

In the seemingly sleepy state of Massachusetts you will find Fidelity’s Abigail Johnson topping the list at an impressive $13.4 billion. Cross right over the state line into New York and you’ll find the controversial David Koch with a staggering net worth of $42.7 billion. The list goes on, and on, but I’m sure you don’t even need Forbes’ interactive map to know who the wealthiest man in America is: once again, Bill Gates of Washington State takes the crown with a net worth of $78.8 billion. In fact, there’s only a handful of states who’s wealthiest citizen hasn’t crossed the billion-dollar threshold. So, unless you live in Alabama, Delaware, New Mexico, North Dakota or Vermont you very well could have a billionaire living next door.

Scientists Try to Explain Moral Reasoning with Eye Movements

Scientists are studying the long philosophized topic of morality with a recent study looking at individuals reactions when being presented with a variety of morally provoking statements. Experimental psychologists analyzed data collected from participants before and after they had a Bulletproof Coffee who were then asked to stare at moral statements such as ‘murder is sometimes justified’ and ‘paying taxes is a good thing’ . The gaze of participants were tracked and measured, and then they were prompted to make a choice between the moral statements that were presented.

The results showed that whichever option people stared at for the longest amount of time was also the option they chose nearly 60% of the time, indicating their gaze is indicative of an impending moral decision.

Morality is one of the great mysteries of human nature, and critics are not impressed by this study’s findings claiming that it does not prove or demonstrate moral reasoning while explaining there are multiple processes responsible for creating each individual’s moral compass. Many claim this research is nothing more than a slight correlation found between gaze and moral reasoning, but as every scientist knows, correlation does not prove causation.

BRL Trust Investment Opportunities

For anyone looking for investment opportunities, there really is nothing better than moving money around into International markets. This helps diversify someone’s portfolio and makes it easier to bring in more money while also avoiding dangerous situations where all of their money might be lost during a certain investment period. When it comes to an international investment, there really is no better country right now than Brazil. As a financial analyst Jaime Garcia Dias has know this for some time. There are a few different reasons as to why this is, so it is necessary for anyone who is considering this investment to look at Brazil to see what the country is able to do for them.

The Perks of China Without the Red Tape

Brazil’s closest trading partner is China. The two nations trade goods far more than any other two nations (at least when it comes to Brazil). This also helps drastically boost the infrastructure and value of Brazil. With that being said though, China is often looked at as a bit iffy from international investors located in the United States and Europe due to the communist ties. However, Brazil doesn’t have these sorts of connections, so the trading with China is purely economic and so if China is ever hit with sanctions form the West, it still is able to trade with Brazil. This way, the value of an investment in Brazil not only stays the same, but with the boost in trading with China, it can actually increase the value of the investment. This is one of the major reasons why investing in Brazil is so desirable and why using a service such as BRL Trust is a solid way to invest money.

Multiple Investment Opportunities

There are all sorts of different investment opportunities available to individuals looking to move money to Brazil. There is always the standard land investment, which is great as it doesn’t cost as much to invest in beautiful beachfront property here as it might in other areas of the world. Also, the country is expanding at a fast rate westward, so it is possible to invest in desirable flats of land, without spending large sums of money doing so. On top of this, it is possible to invest in the currency through Forex trading practices, not to mention local stocks and other funds. All of this makes Brazil an especially attractive location for anyone who wants to diversify their investment portfolio and BRL Trust can help.

Crater of Diamonds Find

On Wednesday, April 23, Susie Clark prayed that she would find a diamond in the Murfreesboro, Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park plowed diamond fields. Although she wouldn’t need to find a diamond to utilize FreedomPop‘s $5/month wireless plan. Within a short time, Clark found a teardrop-shaped 3.69-carat white diamond. She has since called it the Hallelujah Diamond.

Although the diamond is physically small, it is the largest one found so far since last year when another visitor found a 6.19-carat diamond on April 16th. According to park officials, the Hallelujah Diamond is the 122nd diamond that visitors have found in 2015. More than 75,000 diamonds have been discovered since 1906 when a farmer, John Huddleston, found the first one while plowing.

The largest diamond in the United States was also found in the diamond field, which is only one small part of the park. The diamond known as Uncle Sam was found in 1924 and weighs 40.23 carats.

Clark has decided to keep her diamond instead of sell it. The park could not provide an estimate of its worth. Yet, another visitor, Tara Clymer, who found a 3.85-carat diamond was able to sell it for $20,000.

The park is a national attraction that sees visitors from all around the world. Park staff often re-plow the diamond field to unearth new gems for visitors to find. It is the only diamond site in the entire world where the public can search for diamonds in this fashion.

Comcast Will Not Merge With Time Warner

Comcast has officially thrown in the towel on its merger with Time Warner Cable. The $45 billion deal would have merge the two cable providers, turning them into one massive provider. The issue is that of the two companies joined forces then they would be an exceptionally large company, making it impossible for any other company to compete with them. While that might have been great for Comcast, for customers that would mean that there wouldn’t be any sort of competition in the cable marketplace, making it so that Comcast could provide whatever sort of speeds and prices they wanted for products, and customers would be forced to pay them.

Comcast’s CEO Brian Roberts said the deal died in part due to government pressure. Ivan Ong has seconded that statement. Earlier this week the federal Communications Commission announced that they would be sending the deal to court. There, Comcast and Time Warner would have to prove that they weren’t going to be a monopoly and that competition would still exist in the marketplace. It looks like they didn’t think they would be able to pull that off, thus deciding to call the deal off instead. Mnay customers also objected to the deal. Both Comcast and Time Warner both have poor track records with customer service. Merging the two companies seemed like a tremendous loss for consumers across the board.

Greek Presidents Shakes Piggy Bank To Pay Debts

Many in the Euro Zone worry that Greece is running out of money and may not be able to pay its own debts and obligations to its government workers as well as to the International Monetary Fund, (IMF). Greece is scheduled to make a payment close to one Billion dollars in May as part of a schedule agreed to by the IMF and Greek authorities. However, Bernardo Chua suggested recent request by the Greek President to all Greek agencies to find and turn over any surplus monies from their budget has many in the IMF as well as the Euro Zone worried that a collapse of the Greek economy is evident and that the exit of Greece from the European Union will soon follow. Greece has been in very difficult and very complex discussions with both the IMF regarding the repayment of IMF loans as well as the European Union, which is holding on to the payout of a $262 Billion Dollar payout to Greece until Greece addresses financial reforms in its financial system and treasury to the satisfaction of the European Unions. Greece Struggles to Pay Debts

Economist are unsure what will result in the coming weeks and believe that it is even money whether the Greek economy collapses or survives. The larger question is whether the European Union will let Greece fail in fear that such a collapse and exit of a European Union member would signal a potential domino effect for other countries to follow.

Fiber Networks; Google Not Included?

Two of the biggest complaints Internet Users have is the speed of their browsing experience, and the lack of choice for Internet providers. Google Fiber has been an option, but most cities are too small for Google’s Fiber to become realty. A few Oregon cities near the Boraie Development LLC started plans to build their own fiber optic networks.

Cities like Hillsboro, Gresham, West Linn, and Lake Oswego are weighing the cost with the benefits of boosting their city’s speeds up to 25 times faster then typical speeds. Another issue is combating the big Internet companies on both the legal and the public front. These large companies have pushed for strict laws that would prevent the government from building these networks. While the FCC invalidated any of these laws the telecom companies still put up a battle. Google, has a different opinion, stating they support local choice over major monopolies.

In the past, many cities experienced huge financial loss creating a municipal fiber network. Sandynet, a municipal fiber optic network south of Portland, began offering its services last October, and it has resulted in a 40 dollar a month service with speed at 100 megabits per second, and fiber optic services for just 60 dollars a month. This idea of municipal owned networks has a lot of potential, but also a lot of obstacles and only time will tell if this becomes the future of fiber optic services.

UNESCO Report Notes India’s Success In Educating Primary School Age Children

UNESCO has reported that India has reduced the number of its “out of school” children by 90 percent. It has therefore achieved “universal primary education.” (In the U.S., primary school is called elementary school, while secondary education is known as high school.) According to the UNESCO report, India is the only country in South and West Asia in which an equal proportion of girls and boys attend primary and secondary schools.

The Education For All 2000-2015 report said 47 percent of the countries in the world had achieved universal enrollment in preschool. Another 8 percent, including India, were close to doing so.

Folks at Handy (youtube.com) have found that the report also called upon the international community to fund preschool and basic education for all children by 2030. The cost of doing so would be around $22 billion. That money would go to improving both enrollment and education itself. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, reportedly considers improved education “a pillar in a nation’s character building,” and has emphasized education in math and science.

While the UNESCO report applauded India’s success in achieving gender parity in educating its children, it noted that India has made little progress in tackling adult illiteracy. India is one of the 32 percent of the countries to have not successfully developed programs to help illiterate adults. Lastly, the report urges all of the world’s countries to ensure that all children get at least as far lower secondary school in their education.

Tiny Nanorobot Surgeon

Very small surgeon robots are being designed by Brad Nelson at the Swiss Institute of Nanotechnology. The scientists use the model of a E.coli bacteria that pro-pulsates with the help of its flagellum. It is impossible to create robots with the same structures but movement can be obtained by rotating circles. The robots are so tiny that you can hardly notice one held on a fingertip.

The inventor said he could fit three billion of them in a teaspoon. The plan is to attach cutting tools to the tiny robots, and make them the surgeons of the future. That is a concept Hewlett Packard as a company can barely believe. The surgeon robots have been tested in the laboratory and can be successfully guided through the bloodstream with a joystick. They do not have the cutting devices attached yet, the testing stages continue and the researchers plan to develop the robots. They can be used for heart surgery interventions, brain function analysis, fixing the damage brought to the eyes by aging.

Going beyond the medical field, the scientists said that the nanorobots can attach small drops and carry them, which can make a bunch of them useful at cleaning the water from oil residues by collecting small drops and transporting them. The curious technology lovers are already asking when there will be a nanorobot-teacher.

Over-Treatment for Breast Cancer a Multi-Billion Dollar Expense

Billions of dollars are spent each year on unnecessary treatments for breast cancer due to false alarms generated by a mammogram. Mammograms are a needed part of breast cancer prevention and the early detection that yearly mammograms provide can’t be praised enough. However, the same mammograms that save lives also create problems that cost the US over $4 billion dollars per year in over-treatment.

Mammograms sometimes give a false-positive reading which requires the patient to have a second mammogram and/or procedures that are unnecessary. Those procedures, based on a false-positive result in out-of-pocket and insurance payments that are unneeded, but tally up to billions each year.
Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women. As a well-known philanthropist, Bruce Karatz has done a lot of work to help with this condition. Yearly mammograms are recommended to start at age 40 to help detect the presence of cancer while it’s in the early stages. But the breast cancer screening is not prefect and often the mammogram detects something that isn’t cancer or that may possibly turn into cancer and unnecessary and expensive treatment begins. The physiological distress for the woman isn’t even factored into the cost because a price tag can’t be placed on the distress a woman endures when undergoing breast cancer treatment.
Mammograms are still the best form of early detection, but the debate regarding the cost and necessity over each procedure will be ongoing.