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  • As Alaska Votes, New Alaska-centered political thriller dubbed a winner

    Political thriller of 2022

    Best new thriller

    Author Joe Rothstein

    A heart-pounding adrenaline ride of backroom politics and dangerous moves from a shadow cabal will keep readers on the edge of their seats.”
    — Pacific Book Reviews

    WASHINGTON, DC, USA, June 29, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- While Alaska is drawing intense national political interest focused on Sarah Palin's campaign for Congress, a political thriller with a fictional U.S. vice president from Alaska is drawing interest in the world of books.

    The novel is "The Moment of Menace," which the prestigious book review web site Pacific Reviews has named "the must-read political thriller of 2022."

    Written by Joe Rothstein, a former editor of the Anchorage Daily News, the novel features an Inupiat woman from Utqiagvik, (formerly Barrow) Alaska as U.S. vice president. Much of the action takes place in the Alaska Arctic's rugged North Slope area.

    This is Rothstein’s third work of fiction. His second book, The Salvation Project, was finalist for political thriller of the year.

    Joe Rothstein served on the staff of Alaska’s first governor, William A. Egan, and moved to Washington, DC to be chief of staff for Alaska Senator Mike Gravel. For 30 years he headed his own political agency, working in hundreds of political campaigns, including many in Alaska, including those for former Alaska Governors Steve Cowper and Tony Knowles.

    “I feel as if I’ve never really left Alaska,” said Rothstein. “I return often, my sons returned here to go to school, and some of my closest friends are here. I’ve always wanted to include Alaska in my writings. The state is so dramatic and unpredictable. It’s pure coincidence that a wild race for Congress is taking place just as I’m releasing a novel featuring a woman who is Alaska’s voice in Congress.”

    Moment of Menace is available through all on-line book sellers and most independent book stores.

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  • States are Being Buried with East Coast Waste, Part 1

    East Coast transfer stations must move fast and there is little time for waste inspections. They crush the different wastes to maximize the payloads. Photo courtesy of the Ohio EPA.

    East Coast transfer stations must move fast and furiously and there is little time for waste inspections. They crush the different wastes to maximize the payloads on CSX trains and fleets of long haul trucks. Photo courtesy of the Ohio EPA.

    Waste contaminates a creek next to Lafarge's Lordstown Landfill. Lafarge's landfill takes 95% of its waste from the East Coast. Hundreds of complaints by neighbors of sickening odors and illness have been filed.

    Waste contaminated creek next to Lafarge's Lordstown Landfill in northeast Ohio. Lordstown takes 95% of its waste by rail from the East Coast. Hundreds of complaints of odors and illness have been filed. Ohio EPA consent orders in 2016 and 2019 have accomplished little.

    300 angry residents from Seneca County, Ohio protest at a meeting with Waste Innovation's  Sunny Farms Landfill. Sunny Farms takes 97% of its waste by rail from the East Coast. The toxic gases have sickened the entire area.

    300 angry residents from Seneca County in northwest Ohio, protest at a meeting with Waste Innovation's Sunny Farms Landfill in June 2022. Sunny Farms takes 97% of its waste by rail from the East Coast. Putrid toxic gases have ruined the appeal of the entire region.

    Citizens are Choking and Sickened from Toxic Landfill Gases while Health Agencies Sit Idle

    Agencies talk about the “rotten egg” odor as if it was old food smelling up your refrigerator — but simply put, this mélange of foul smelling sulfuric gases is extremely poisonous and deadly.”
    — M. Aurelius
    CLEVELAND, OHIO, US, June 28, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Garbage and demolition waste pouring out of New York and New Jersey has been happening since the early 1980’s. When it started, Ohio and Indiana residents actively protested against being the dumping ground for East Coast megapolises.

    In 1991, Congressional hearings were held in which they concluded the Interstate Commerce Clause protected the constitutional right of waste generators to haul wherever they wanted — the Midwest protesters were trumped.

    Also, in 1991 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), through The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s (RCRA) Subtitle D regulations, standardized minimum solid waste landfill design criteria and trash management requirements. It seemed while millions of tons of New York waste were being shipped in every direction (including Africa), at least there would be environmental controls wherever it landed.

    The USEPA passed enforcement responsibilities of the new regulations to state environmental agencies like the Ohio EPA, the Indiana DEM and the South Carolina DHEC. Ohio, in turn, passed many of their enforcement controls, like approving or denying the annual landfill license applications, to the local health departments.

    When New York’s Fresh Kills mega-landfill closed in 2001, the shipments to western states intensified. Disposal prices skyrocketed. Lines of trucks a half mile long jockeyed for position at landfill gates in states as far as Iowa.

    Midwest landfills could not resist the massive profits but were overwhelmed with the influx of East Coast waste and the aggressiveness of the New York and New Jersey operators.

    Massive odor, noise, dust, litter and vermin nuisances exploded throughout the states. Due to numerous grandfathering clauses, many landfills were not required to implement the new environmental standards. Groundwater and surface water resources were contaminated wholesale.

    Older Ohio landfills created huge environmental and social problems and the resulting political pressure on the Ohio EPA to take action was enormous. License applications were denied, gates were locked, injunctions applied, and appeals denied. Non-complying landfills were put out of business.

    Disposal prices increased exponentially and waste management became a multi-billion-dollar business in a very short period.

    Waste management companies are a crafty lot and don’t miss much when it comes to seeing loopholes or weaknesses in the laws or regulations, particularly when it comes to making profits.

    Tens of thousands of tons of waste rush into transfer stations every single day located in Long Island and Farmingdale in New York, Newark, Hudson and Paterson in New Jersey, Boston and Norfolk in Massachusetts and Hartford and Brockton in Connecticut — just to name a few. The waste must move out fast and furiously by 6:00 PM before the next ten thousand tons promptly arrives the next morning. Being short of time and long on consequences results in minimal inspections of the thousands of trucks passing through — and the demolition contractors know it.

    Long trains moving west and fleets of trucks moving north, west and south keep this Mississippi River of putrid waste flowing.

    CSX is one of only two Class I railroads in the US and services much of the East Coast and Midwest. They charge approximately $2,000 a railcar to haul waste from New York to Ohio. But garbage and demolition waste—which should be mostly wood, shingles, aluminum and vinyl siding, plaster and drywall—are relatively lightweight materials.

    To cure this problem of having expensive but light loads, the transfer station operators pulverize and shred the in-bound wastes with loaders and dozers until they are dense and consequently unrecognizable. The crushed mess gets loaded very quickly onto the railcars and long-haul trucks which are now cost-effective, if questionable, payloads.

    Better yet for the waste operators, construction and demolition waste (“C&D”, of which demolition comprises 90%) is considered inert or “almost harmless” by regulators and does not need to follow the federal and state regulations that garbage must—and consequently is much cheaper to dispose at landfills.
    The pulverized material looks like raggedy mulch, and no one is able to visually tell if it was garbage, demolition or, for that matter, sewage sludge, industrial or hazardous waste.

    Sewage sludges, hazardous and infectious wastes cost up to twenty times the cost of C&D waste to legally dispose. C&D is at the bottom of the waste price chain but whose toxicity is woefully underestimated by the EPA. Blending illegal wastes with cheap C&D is called “cocktailing” and the practice is alive and very profitable.

    2005 was a pivotal year in Ohio. Their legislature held hearings in Columbus about the huge flow unidentifiable, out-of-state waste as well as the financial restraints and resources of the local health departments who were trying to enforce the new regulations.

    Ohio HB 432 was passed, which was well-meaning but lacked foresight. It banned pulverized demolition waste and gave local health departments and other agencies $1.60 to spilt for every ton of C&D disposed in landfills. This represents millions of dollars to health departments which are typically challenged to pass an operating levy every decade. A legislated conflict of interest was created.

    Every aspect of the current construction and demolition waste fiasco is like death from a thousand cuts for the residents in landfill-burdened communities. Huge landfills in Ohio are creating serious health threats locally while taking 97% of their waste from New England.

    While groundwater protection and methane control have been a paramount landfill issues for the EPA, managing the massive poisonous sulfuric gas issues created by C&D and cocktailed wastes, has been overlooked until recently. Regulatory agencies are stumbling with solutions or downplaying the toxic landfill gas problem due to a lack of knowledge. Agencies talk about the “rotten egg” odor as if it was old food smelling up your refrigerator — but simply put, the mélange of foul smelling sulfuric gases is extremely poisonous and deadly.

    Next: Part 2. Mega-Landfills, unchecked toxic gases, wealthy health departments, sick neighbors, dead pets, outraged communities and heads buried in the sand. Why demolition waste is infinitely more hazardous than acknowledged or understood. Nauseated citizens are screaming from Maine, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee to South Carolina, Kansas and Oklahoma.

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  • THE FIRM SOARS TO THE TOP OF PODCAST CHARTS IN 13 COUNTRIES AS THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III IS INVESTIGATED IN NEW CHAPTER

    The Firm: Blood, Lies and Royal Succession hits top of the Apple Podcast charts in 13 counties making it one of the fastest growing podcast series in the world

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, June 28, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Audology, a podcast production label and distributor of original audio from Empire Media Group, Inc. (EMG), today dropped the third chapter of the hit new non-scripted series, The Firm: Blood, Lies and Royal Succession, an audio documentary that has won over history fans around the globe as it explores the controversies, scandals, and cover-ups of the British monarchy.

    Listen to the latest episode HERE.

    From award-winning Executive Producers Dylan Howard (Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood, The Killing of Marilyn Monroe, Diana: Case Solved) and Melissa Cronin (Epstein: Devil in the Darkness), and in partnership with the website The Royal Observer™, The Firm has shot into the top 50 on the Apple Podcasts history charts in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, and the United Arab Emirates, marking the true global nature of the production.

    The Firm also clocked the top 100 in Japan, South Africa, Hong Kong, Japan, Ireland, Spain, and Germany. Apple's charts are considered the most-watched public-facing measure of podcast success.

    In the latest installment, The Firm revisits the reign of George III—the “misunderstood monarch”who was The King from 1760 until his death in 1820. Chapter Three: The Madness of George III, unveils ​​that the misunderstood monarch was far from being the mad tyrant as portrayed in Hamilton, and was in fact suffering from bipolar disorder, and became the victim of a smear campaign by America’s founding fathers in order to justify the war of independence.

    Throughout his reign, George III was considered one of Britain (and Ireland) most popular and successful kings; putting into place many of the monarchy’s current institutions and traditions, including Buckingham Palace, the Trooping of the Color and the Royal Enclosure at Ascot, defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, which remains Britain’s greatest military victory after the Battle of Britain against Nazi Germany, and becoming publicly known as “The Farmer King” because he was so in tune with ordinary people.

    Despite his success and well-earned fame, royal insiders and historians reveal throughout the newly released podcast episode - The Madness of George III - that in 1789, British parliament passed the Regency Act, which would have given George III’s crown to his son, but he recovered sanity just days before it was to take effect. It is also uncovered that the day after George III’s Golden Jubilee in 1810, he was summoned to spend the last 10 years of his life shut away in Windsor Castle.

    The Firm is written by Dominic Utton, produced by Douglas Montero, and edited by Sean Kravit. The series is hosted by Jonathan Lock.

    Over the next nine weeks, new episodes will be available to download weekly via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and everywhere podcasts are available.

    Audology, EMG’s podcast division, launched earlier this year with podcast productions powered by artificial intelligence for EMG brands Knewz.com, RadarOnline.com, and OKMagazine.com.

    ABOUT THE ROYAL OBSERVER

    The Royal Observer™ takes you behind the high walls, gilded gates and palace façades and into the very heart of the most famous families alive. The website and quarterly print edition explore history and tradition stretching back thousands of years. We celebrate all the pomp and ceremony that drive and define the public lives of royal families around the world, while also venturing behind closed doors into the shadowy areas of the royal palaces the public does not get to see. With the latest coverage of the entire royal families, exclusive news, photos and insider details of events, The Royal Observer™ takes users inside a rarefied world.

    ABOUT AUDOLOGY

    Audology is an audio-first studio and premium podcast network with a mission to make podcasting part of people's everyday lives. As a division of Empire Media Group, Audology develops, create, produces and distributes original audio and launches digital initiatives. With unparalleled access to the world's most innovative creators, Audiology produces unique listening experiences across a wide range of interests and demographics. Audology is a full-service operation, offering financing, production, marketing, and monetization.

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    Empire Media Group, Inc. (EMG) is the new media landscape, where bold and authoritative content meets innovative delivery for passionate audiences. An award-winning, global, and next-generation multi-platform media company, EMG encompasses a powerful portfolio of assets that serve highly engaged audiences through a rich assemblage of content delivery mechanisms: from magazines, live events, and digital media, to video, television, audio, book publishing, and more. EMG’s suite of 12 vaunted brands makes it one of the world’s largest and most diversified modern media conglomerates, with market share across entertainment, fashion and beauty, luxury, travel, and specialist consumer titles. At EMG, we do not just serve readers; we serve users. Divisions of EMG include television and movie production company Mystify Studios, podcast studio Audology, literary publisher Harland & Wolff Publishing, marketing firm Elevate Strategic, EMG Ventures, and the non-profit foundation, the Institute for Healthy Media Minds, which is focused on creating a positive culture of mental health across the journalism, media, and public relations industries. With these six distinct business units united under a mandate of preeminence in content quality and innovation, EMG is a 360-degree media business that is poised for the future — broadening the reach of storytelling into virtual and augmented reality, programming, e-commerce, immersive events, branded content, innovative advertising solutions, and beyond.

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  • EDDY ANDREWS LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

    Eddy is rewriting the way copywriters use their website

    Well-known copywriter Eddy Andrews has launched a new website allowing visitors to easily access his portfolio of work, make a request and give feedback.

    BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA, June 24, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Mr Andrews said the new website, which has the same web address as the previous one, was far more sophisticated, yet accessible.

    “It has been done in-house, which means I saved money,” Eddy said.

    “It has all the bells and whistles and better reflects industry standards of copywriting.

    The new website is mobile-device friendly, is SSL secured, which means all data passed between the web server and browsers remains private, it has improved speed and page loading times and the navigation is clear.

    “We’re aiming for an AA rating on accessibility for people with a vision impairment and the site can be translated into a range of languages at the click of a button.

    “We wanted to get this site up and running as soon as possible, that means there will be a few bits and pieces which need a tweak over the coming weeks and months.

    The six main buttons on the front page were chosen based on the six most common pages people visited. The menu was structured in a similar way, with priority given to how the user navigates the website and that structure can be changed as more user data is collected over the new few months.

    “We’ll be updating this website on a continuous basis, and we’ll be using customer feedback and experiences to do this.

    “So if you have a suggestion please let us know by submitting your feedback via the website.”

    Eddy Andrews said the new website was a major improvement on the existing service and it was a transformation of the way in which customers can access his copywriting services.

    “For many people it will be the only way in which they engage with the business, so it is the only means through which we can represent what we do and how we do it.”

    Several new features of the website will be launched in the coming weeks.

    If you require further information please don’t hesitate to contact Eddy Andrews.

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  • Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It

    Arbitrary Lines by M. Nolan Gray

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    In "Arbitrary Lines", Nolan Gray argues that it's time to abolish zoning. He shows how to better manage urban growth and create more livable, equitable cities.

    A welcome manifesto for rethought urban spaces and their outliers, bringing social justice into the discussion.”
    — Kirkus
    WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, June 22, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Zoning. It determines where a person can live, and just as importantly, where they can’t. It frequently makes corner grocery stores illegal and public transit infeasible. And it’s one of the most successful segregation methods ever devised in the U.S. From its humble origins as a way to delineate land uses and regulate densities, zoning has become a set of impossibly detailed parameters that divide up cities among arbitrary lines, controlling nearly every aspect of daily life and stifling innovation.

    In "Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It" (Publication Date: June 21, 2022), city planner M. Nolan Gray argues that it is time to abolish zoning. He details steps to better manage urban growth and create more affordable, equitable, and sustainable cities. Gray shows how zoning often has little to do with city planning and has failed to address even basic concerns over how cities regulate growth.

    Using engaging stories and explanations, Gray lays the groundwork for eliminating zoning by defining what zoning is (and what it isn’t), how it works, and common myths about how cities manage urban growth. He addresses contemporary critiques of zoning, exploring how it has limited new housing supply, created an affordability crisis, mandated sprawl, and segregated American cities. Many American cities still have blatantly segregationist zoning codes, pushing their most vulnerable residents into the most undesirable areas.

    But reform is in the air: Gray details how cities from Minneapolis to Fayetteville are scrapping apartment bans, dropping minimum lot sizes, and eliminating minimum parking requirements. However, Gray argues, reforms can only do so much to fix a fundamentally broken policy. He makes the case for completely abolishing zoning and charts out how planning tools could be more effective in the post-zoning American city.

    Donald Shoup, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles and author of "The High Cost of Free Parking" writes, "Nolan Gray has the insights of Jane Jacobs and the prose style of Mark Twain. In his aptly-titled new book, 'Arbitrary Lines', Gray argues that zoning in America is a disease masquerading as a cure. He also proposes a post-zoning style of planning for fair, sustainable, and livable cities."

    As zoning approaches its 100th anniversary, it’s time reevaluate a failed policy with deep roots in classism and racism. "Arbitrary Lines" argues for a new path forward and shows how moving past zoning is a critical step towards creating more vibrant, equitable, and prosperous cities.

    M. Nolan Gray is a professional city planner and an expert in urban land-use regulation. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. Gray previously worked on the front lines of zoning as a planner in New York City. He now serves as an Affiliated Scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he advises state and local policymakers on land-use policy. Gray is a contributor to "Market Urbanism" and a widely published author, with work appearing in outlets such as "The Atlantic", "Bloomberg Citylab", and "The Guardian". He lives in Los Angeles, California and is originally from Lexington, Kentucky.

    "Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It"
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  • EPISODE TWO OF PODCAST THE FIRM: BLOOD, LIES AND ROYAL SUCCESSION EXPLORES THE MYTHMAKING OF “VIRGIN QUEEN” ELIZABETH I

    Queen Elizabeth I had affairs, sexual relationships, pioneered spy networks, and destroyed images where she did not appear virginal to protect her public image

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, June 21, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Audology, a podcast production label and distributor of original audio from Empire Media Group, Inc. (EMG), today dropped the second chapter of the hit new non-scripted series, The Firm: Blood, Lies and Royal Succession, which chronicles the controversies, scandals, and cover-ups of the British monarchy. Listen to the latest episode here (LINK).

    From award-winning Executive Producers Dylan Howard (Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood, The Killing of Marilyn Monroe, Diana: Case Solved) and Melissa Cronin (Epstein: Devil in the Darkness), and in partnership with the website The Royal Observer™, Chapter Two: Elizabeth, The Virgin Queen, reveals how the public image of Queen Elizabeth I, who was known as England’s greatest monarch for many years — rising through the deadly intrigue and plots of court to ascend to the throne, and then defeating the Spanish Armada and saving the kingdom, was in fact, a glorious myth.

    Throughout the episode, historians uncover how the so-called “Virgin Queen” was sexually abused as a 14-year old by her guardian Thomas Seymour, had several affairs, including sexual relationships with the Earl of Leicester and the Earl of Essex and even pioneered spy networks and codebreaking as a tool for control and weapon of war. Never-before-told claims also emerge, detailing how Queen Elizabeth I pioneered her public image as a tool, destroying any images of her where she did not look youthful and virginal.

    “Her firm was her. She was the top of the food chain… she had her council, she had her advisors, but she was the ultimate say. If she didn't like you, she retired you,” said Thomas James Mace-Archer-Mills, an American-born commentator on the British royal family. “She wasn't going to be told how it was going to be. She told others how it was going to be. That's the difference between an absolute monarchy and a constitutional monarchy. She had endless power, Elizabeth I.”

    Richard Aldrich, author of best-selling book The Secret Royals: Spying and the Crown, from Victoria to Diana added: “Elizabeth I was not just, if you like, running her own James Bond… She had her own national security agency. She had her own codebreakers. And these were absolutely crucial in kind of defeating her enemies, including Mary, Queen of Scots.”

    Speaking to her mythical public image as the “Virgin Queen,” British author and historian, Alison Weir told The Firm: “A portrait type was settled upon by the early 1570s. And this was called the mask of youth. The queen did not want to be portrayed in shadow. She wanted to look luminous like a goddess, and any portraits that showed her looking old were destroyed. And they're full of symbolism. The symbolism is of virginity.”

    Chapter Two: Elizabeth the Virgin Queen is the second of 12 episodes that form the The Firm: Blood, Lies and Royal Succession, a series that explores how the institution has maintained power in the face of scandals over 600 years. Chapter One, titled “The Prince and the Pedophile,” revealed how convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein thrust the House of Windsor into an intense international spotlight that threatens the very bedrock of the monarchy to this day. Listen to it HERE.

    The series serves as both a fascinating insight into 500 years of royal history, and an eye-opening exploration of just how the institution has evolved and adapted, and how it continues to do so in the face of recent unprecedented challenges to its standing.

    The Firm written by Dominic Utton, produced by Douglas Montero, and edited by Sean Kravit. The series is hosted by Jonathan Lock.

    Audology, EMG’s podcast division, launched earlier this year with podcast productions powered by artificial intelligence for EMG brands Knewz.com, RadarOnline.com, and OKMagazine.com.

    ABOUT THE ROYAL OBSERVER

    The Royal Observer™ takes you behind the high walls, gilded gates and palace façades and into the very heart of the most famous families alive. The website and quarterly print edition explore history and tradition stretching back thousands of years. We celebrate all the pomp and ceremony that drive and define the public lives of royal families around the world, while also venturing behind closed doors into the shadowy areas of the royal palaces the public does not get to see. With the latest coverage of the entire royal families, exclusive news, photos and insider details of events, The Royal Observer™ takes users inside a rarefied world.

    ABOUT AUDOLOGY

    Audology is an audio-first studio and premium podcast network with a mission to make podcasting part of people's everyday lives. As a division of Empire Media Group, Audology develops, create, produces and distributes original audio and launches digital initiatives. With unparalleled access to the world's most innovative creators, Audiology produces unique listening experiences across a wide range of interests and demographics. Audology is a full-service operation, offering financing, production, marketing, and monetization.

    ABOUT EMPIRE MEDIA GROUP, INC

    Empire Media Group, Inc. (EMG) is the new media landscape, where bold and authoritative content meets innovative delivery for passionate audiences. An award-winning, global, and next-generation multi-platform media company, EMG encompasses a powerful portfolio of assets that serve highly engaged audiences through a rich assemblage of content delivery mechanisms: from magazines, live events, and digital media, to video, television, audio, book publishing, and more. EMG’s suite of 12 vaunted brands makes it one of the world’s largest and most diversified modern media conglomerates, with market share across entertainment, fashion and beauty, luxury, travel, and specialist consumer titles. At EMG, we do not just serve readers; we serve users. Divisions of EMG include television and movie production company Mystify Studios, podcast studio Audology, literary publisher Harland & Wolff Publishing, marketing firm Elevate Strategic, EMG Ventures, and the non-profit foundation, the Institute for Healthy Media Minds, which is focused on creating a positive culture of mental health across the journalism, media, and public relations industries. With these six distinct business units united under a mandate of preeminence in content quality and innovation, EMG is a 360-degree media business that is poised for the future — broadening the reach of storytelling into virtual and augmented reality, programming, e-commerce, immersive events, branded content, innovative advertising solutions, and beyond.


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  • Judge James P. Gray (Ret.) is Featuring Two Political Books at the 2022 American Library Association Annual Conference

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    2 Paragraphs 4 Liberty: Practical, Effective, Responsible, Libertarian by Judge James P. Gray Available on Amazon

    All Rise!: The Libertarian Way with Judge Jim Gray by Judge James P. Gray Available on Amazon

    2 Paragraphs 4 Liberty: Practical, Effective, Responsible, Libertarian by Judge James P. Gray Available on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles

    Judge James P. Gray (Ret.) is Featuring Two Political Books at the 2022 American Library Association Annual Conference

    LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES, June 20, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The author Judge James P. Gray, often called Judge Jim Gray, is a man of principle raised in the Los Angeles area by his parents, Elizabeth Gray and U.S. District Judge William P. Gray. He graduated from John Muir High School in Pasadena in 1962, received his undergraduate degree at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1966, and earned his Law degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1971. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, he worked as a Physical Education Professor in Palmar Norte, Costa Rica, from 1966 to 1968, where he specialized in teaching Physical Education, Recreation, and Health. He was also a Criminal Defense Attorney in the Navy JAG Corps and a Federal Prosecutor in Los Angeles. Then Jim served as a trial court judge in Orange County, California for 25 years, and was awarded the Orange County Bar Association's highest Lifetime Achievement award. Aside from his many achievements and credentials, Judge Gray is happily married to his wife, Dr. Grace Walker Gray, DPT, DOT, and they have four children and two grandchildren.

    In his first featured book, 2 Paragraphs 4 Liberty: Practical, Effective, Responsible, Libertarian Solutions, Judge Gray emphasizes the significance of Liberty in all aspects. But in doing this, Judge Gray is fact-based and non-ideological, consistently promoting practicality and common sense. In particular, people enjoy his practical advice and wisdom on resolving America's drug crisis and over-incarceration. In summation, there isn't a single topic on which Judge Gray's perspective fails to inform and encourage serious thought in his audience and consistently provides vital insights for readers interested in moving beyond the stereotypes of modern political debate. As proof, his book has received a great deal of positive feedback. Here is just one out of many: "A quick, easy read to understand Libertarianism, why it's just, and why it works. Jim Gray's sincere passion and concern for humankind are evident in the passages of this book. He shows liberty and free markets for what they are: the best and most humane way to treat people. And it's always good to have an easy-to-read format rather than a dry one. But on 99% of the issues, I totally agree and appreciate his fresh approach. I highly recommend this book to new libertarians and those who simply want to understand what Libertarianism and Liberty are all about." - Carla Howell, Former Director of the National Libertarian Committee.

    This review speaks volumes about the book's audience value and its overflowing knowledge and discernment transmitted to readers.

    As for the second book, entitled All Rise!: The Libertarian Way with Judge Jim Gray, the theme is the government's failure to handle economies throughout history. It continues to do so under stress today, leaving a debt legacy for our children and grandchildren. This book also provides us with an inside look at Judge Gray's ideological transformation, giving a clear overview of Libertarianism, its values for America, and how it stands to unite us – precisely what we need in these divisive and frustrating times. He answers these questions directly! What distinguishes Libertarians from other political parties? How do libertarian ideas, techniques, and principles lead to more effective "pursuits of happiness" than other political parties' approaches? How does Judge Jim Gray dare to claim that the Libertarian Party is today's only political party in the mainstream of American political thought? All of these and more will be answered in “All Rise!: The Libertarian Way with Judge Jim Gray” to the complete delight of the readers.

    So Judge Gray shows how Liberty is ingrained in our country's DNA, all the way back to the first landing of the Pilgrims on Plymouth Rock. All Rise! unfolds alongside Judge Gray's childhood and upbringing, examining the events that fueled his quest for independence. Exclusive interviews give a rare and nuanced glimpse at Judge Gray at various stages of his life, revealing the voices of those closest to him. In under 13 seconds, how did Judge Gray, a former Congressional candidate and member of the Republican Party of Orange County's Finance Committee, swing toward Libertarianism? Peek how he has remained an active and committed member of the Libertarian Party since that important decision. Follow him through his campaigns as a Libertarian for the U.S. Senate in 2004, Vice President in 2012, and President in 2020. This book shares Judge Gray's mission to mainstream the word Libertarian – not simply the word, but the party's values, approaches, and principles. Direct and frontal attacks on our freedoms and liberties are unacceptable, and Judge Gray's platform offers an antidote to the continual trespassing of an overzealous government on its citizens. It also illustrates how libertarian reforms can be implemented to enhance people's lives significantly and includes a foreword by Tom Campbell, former Member of Congress from California (1989-1993; 1995-2001). Moreover, All Rise! has thoroughly examined many of today's problems and demonstrates that their solutions are not insurmountable. More importantly, it is an appeal to defend the highest attribute of the human being: individual Liberty.

    Maximizing the virtue of Liberty distinguishes our modern civilization from all that has come before it and vindicates what has made America a leader among nations today. We are the most approachable people on the planet. Judge Gray has previously aided our country in achieving that reality, and his ideas will lead us to do so in the future. The books 2 Paragraphs 4 Liberty and All Rise! The Libertarian Way with Judge Jim Gray will be on display at the 2022 American Library Association Annual Conference from June 23-28, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Readers are invited to participate in the event's thought-provoking activities to make it even more purposeful and worthwhile.

    To learn more about Judge Gray and his books, please visit his website at www.JudgeJimGray.com or read the paperbacks at Amazon.com.

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  • FINDING THE STRENGTH OF THE NATION THROUGH A RELIGIOUS LENS

    The Strength of the Nation

    Author Luisa Mirella Plancher offers a religious take on how to make America great again in her book “The Strength of the Nation”

    TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, June 17, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- A great nation starts with its leaders, especially when they acknowledge their faults and seek to do better.

    Then, when the leaders seek guidance from the high power above, they will have global influence and will contribute to a better world.

    In Luisa Mirella Plancher’s book, "The Strength of the Nation," Luisa helps the readers to see themselves and their country from God’s perspective, instead of a human perspective.

    "The Strength of the Nation," published in 2020, is all about the guidance that the world so often forgets about—The guidance from the Father above.

    According to the author, a nation is great when citizens and leaders acknowledge that something is going wrong, and take accountability. Then they make the necessary adjustments for both the present and future.

    The author indicates that, since our nation of the USA is composed of citizens from all the nations in the world, we can demonstrate to all nations that, if we can get along here and achieve unity by dedicating ourselves to Jesus the Christ and his Gospel, all nations can come together and achieve unity also, by adopting Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords. Regarding Israel, we in the USA can help the Jewish people repent for having killed Jesus, facilitate a reconciliation among Arabs and Jews, and help them to be re-grafted into their root: Abraham. And when in Israel the Jewish people see the progress made here in the USA, they will become jealous and will adopt the same guidelines of reconciliation in their own country. This, ladies and gentlemen, is Luisa’s recipe to Bring Peace in the Middle East.

    Therefore, this book not only aspires to make the USA a prototype for the kingdom of God, it also aspires to bring Jews and Arabs together in the State of Israel, and achieve unity there also.

    Luisa Mirella Plancher is an Italian School Teacher who moved to the United States when she married an American citizen. Once in the USA, she earned her degree in Political Science, and pursued a career in Social Work. She started writing in 1980.

    When Mr. Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, and indicated that he wanted to “Make America Great Again”, Luisa realized that she had spoken about this subject in one of the books “The Angel of the Lord”.

    One of the paragraphs of this book was titled: "The Strength of the Nation," and had the same aspirations as President Trump. That’s when she decided to expand on this subject and help President Trump to make America great again and keep it becoming even greater.

    For more information about Plancher and her book, look her up on YouTube, and purchase "The Strength of the Nation" book on Amazon.com.

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  • The 2021 Guadalajara International Book Fair Presents A Political Diary

    The 2021 Guadalajara International Book Fair Presents This Author's Many Experiences In Politics On The National, State, And Local Level

    The author’s detailed retelling transports readers as if they were with the author during the significant event.”
    — Authors Press Representative

    GUADALAJARA, MEXICO, June 14, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Author Robert Keighton recounts his numerous encounters with various high-profile politicians and reveals the strength and possibilities of politics in an intimate and engrossing book entitled A Political Diary. The author’s detailed retelling transports readers as if they were with the author during the significant event. Aside from his memorable encounters with politicians such as John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Barry Goldwater, Top O’Neil, and many others, Keighton also provides insights into the possibilities of politics.

    A small fraction of the book recounts the author’s first encounter with a president, quoting “It was 1944, and President Franklin Roosevelt was running for an unprecedented fourth term. I was thirteen years old and went to hear President Roosevelt deliver a campaign speech at the ballpark in Philadelphia. My memory is that the ballpark was filled to capacity. The president came into the ballpark in an open car, and I do not believe that he was wearing a hat. (Unbeknownst to the public, President Roosevelt was in poor health.)”

    The author’s real-life encounters with formidable people throughout his life gave rise to this equally potent book of accounts that details some events that others were not privy to from someone with firsthand experience.

    A Political Diary
    Written by: Robert Keighton
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    Book copies are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online book resellers.

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    Please visit www.authorspress.com for more information.

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  • Google Business Profile Listings Added as a Standard Feature on All Press Releases Distributed Through EIN Presswire

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    EIN Presswire announces a new standard feature benefit; Google My Business

    Clients asked and EIN Presswire delivered. Adding Google My Business is yet another add-on benefit that differentiates us from competitors and increases the value to our customers.”
    — Jeremy Fields
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, June 14, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- EIN Presswire is announcing a free new standard feature to its press release distribution service, Google My Business. A Google My Business listing shows searchers where and how to visit businesses having websites. Google Business Profiles improves local search engine optimization (SEO) and this information can now be presented in press releases distributed by EIN Presswire.

    EIN Presswire’s clients have the option to embed their Google My Business listing into each press release easily with a simple link that will render a Google map with their business profile directly onto their press releases. The Google Map listing will be reprinted on potentially thousands of EIN Presswire’s publishing partners’ web portals.

    Jeremy Fields, VP of Business Development at EIN Presswire says “Clients asked and EIN Presswire delivered. Adding Google My Business is yet another add-on benefit that differentiates us from competitors and increases the value to our customers. Our mission is to stick with the popular and straightforward pricing plans with no add-ons fees.”

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    EIN Presswire - Everyone's Internet News Presswire™ - is where professional communicators and organizations turn when they need to get their news in front of the media, stakeholders, and the public. EIN Presswire is an operating division of Newsmatics Inc., a Washington, DC-based news tech company

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  • Meta and the metaverse will provide powers well beyond our wildest dreams

    Ibrahim Ouassari of Molengeek and Stephanie Schretlen of Meta (Facebook) get along nicely. Within Meta, Stephanie Schretlen is working on the metaverse, and Ibrahim Ouassari is working on the elaboration of human capital in a variety of new and digital ecosystems.

    Ibrahim Ouassari of Molengeek and Stephanie Schretlen of Meta (Facebook) get along nicely. Within Meta, Stephanie Schretlen is working on the metaverse, and Ibrahim Ouassari is working on the elaboration of human capital in a variety of new and digital ecosystems.

    Andy Vermaut says: "I spent three days as a guest at Ibrahim Ouassari's excellent Molengeek conference, and I have never felt more at ease. It felt like returning home with these nice and loving individuals. This initiative deserves worldwide support."

    Andy Vermaut says: "I spent three days as a guest at Ibrahim Ouassari's excellent Molengeek conference, and I have never felt more at ease. It felt like returning home with these nice and loving individuals. This initiative deserves worldwide support."

    Our education is not always adapted to our current times. Ibrahim Ouassari who took the initiative of Molengeek has understood this very well.

    Metaverse will enable users to elevate how we currently interact online. Our family of apps will be bridged from 2D screens into more immersive experiences.”
    — Stephanie Schretlen, European Policy Officer of Meta

    MOLENBEEK, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, June 14, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Stephanie Schretlen, a Meta employee, came to Molengeek’s Geek Summit on Friday, June 10, 2022, to talk about Meta’s view of the metaverse. Meta is the parent corporation of Facebook, Messenger, Instagram... Dutch-American Stephanie Schretlen is a member of Meta's EU policy team in Brussels and works mainly on the metaverse, so she was the right person to talk about this topic at this event in Molenbeek, Brussels. Andy Vermaut, president of the World Council for Public Diplomacy and Community Dialogue, was in attendance and had a front-row seat for the three-day meeting in Brussels. Stephanie Schretlen mentioned that “at Meta’s event Connect in 2021, Mark Zuckerberg not only announced the name change from Facebook to Meta but also announced that the company would shift its priority to the metaverse. What? The metaverse is a set of digital spaces, including 3D experiences that are all interconnected so you can easily move between them. It lets you do things you couldn’t do in the physical world with people you can’t physically be with. These spaces will be accessible through AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) devices but also your PC and mobile. Stephanie Schretlen made it very clear that it is not about replacing in-person experiences, it is about making what we do online better and more meaningful.” MolenGeek where the Geek Summit took place, is a Sint-Jans-Molenbeek-based Belgian technological ecosystem and training facility. Its objective is to make technology accessible to everyone, regardless of background or academic level. The organization is divided into three sections: coworking, training, and events.

    Taking notes from the Covid era & keeping oneself in check

    They picked the right woman in the right place over there at the Molengeek Summit. Stephanie Schretlen is an enthusiastic, vibrant lady. She exudes enormous positive energy while she is speeching and interacting with the people at the conference.

    Stephanie Schretlen explains: "We are all relieved to get back to the office and attend physical gatherings since the last two years have shown us that there is nothing that beats being together in person. However, when this is not possible or practical, the digital world can still help us feel connected to our families, friends, and colleagues. But for all the progress we have made, there is still a lot to do to improve that digital experience. The metaverse will help us answer this challenge by helping get us even closer to feeling that ‘in-person’ connection.”

    Stephanie Schretlen: "Yes, we see three worlds coming together with metaverse: the real world, the augmented world, and the virtual world. The world of augmented reality is one in which we add a layer to what you see in the physical world to augment it with both expression and utility. For example, having a screen with arrows appear in front of you to show you the way to your destination. The virtual world is putting yourself in a virtual experience that transcends time and space. Right now, however, transitioning between worlds is quite cumbersome with either many clicks or having to put a headset on. Down the line, our vision is that we will be able to seamlessly connect between these three worlds. "

    Improving the Online Experience

    Stephanie Schretlen says "Metaverse will enable users to elevate how we currently interact online. Our family of apps will be bridged from 2D screens into more immersive experiences. For example, imagine being able to join a call with your family where you are sitting in the same living room, with family pictures on the wall and nostalgic furniture in the room to make you feel at home. And one of the areas that I’m most excited to see evolve is education. The metaverse will allow education to become more immersive. Imagine learning how historical cities and buildings were built by actually seeing them get built, right in from of you. People will be able to choose to study and train in places that felt off-limits because of where they live or what they could afford. For example, imagine being able to go to any university in the world by teleporting into lectures by the most famous professors. Or imagine you are a medical student, you can learn new techniques for surgery and practice until you get it right, simply by putting on headsets,” Stephanie Schretlen tells us with her brilliant shining eyes.

    The digital economy

    Stephanie Schretlen enthusiastically continues"While we can’t experience the full potential of the metaverse today, glimmers of it are here. For example, Meta has already created Horizon World and Horizon Workrooms for business gatherings which gives that feeling of presence – of sharing a virtual, three-dimensional space. We have regular meetings in Horizon Workrooms internally and it’s great. In Horizon Workrooms you can collaborate with people in digital spaces. It lets you turn your gaze to see a group of people around you, read people’s body language and use spatial audio to hear quiet chatter, interruptions, or laughter from wherever it is coming in the room. When I initially met with a colleague, we put this to the test. He sat directly opposite me at first, but then he exchanged positions and came to sit next to me on my right. Particularly how the audio changed and how his voice came from my right blew me away. AR is already being used to enhance the online experience – from creative features in videos to trying on sunglasses while online shopping. While not full AR, Ray-Ban Stories already lets you take pictures and video, listen to music, and do calls, all while keeping your phone down, and your eyes up. This is a step on the way to being able to eventually wear normal-looking glasses, that allow screens to appear in front of you and that you control with your fingertips. To bring this vision to life, we need to fit a supercomputer into a pair of normal-looking glasses of about 5 millimeters thick. This is still years in the making”

    Economic opportunities

    Stephanie Schrethen discusses the future"It’s difficult to predict the likely economic impact of the metaverse. Measuring this impact of any technological innovation is tricky, especially during the early stages of development. However, looking at related technologies and consumer behaviors, we know that even if the metaverse accounts for a fraction of what the digital economy delivers today, its impact will be significant. The metaverse will expand the digital economy and increase its overall impact on the global economy. For example, Global spending on AR and VR, including hardware, software, and training, was over $12 billion in 2020; Europe now accounts for about one-fifth of the global XR market, and by 2023 it is expected to become second with 25% share of worldwide revenues after 51% in Asia; XR Production in Europe is expected to grow by 47% annually over the period 2020 - 2026."

    The practice of Responsible Development

    Stephanie Schretlen talks also about the ethical principles: “The metaverse will not be owned or built by any one company. Meta is just one of many contributors but we are taking our contribution very seriously. The metaverse will not be built overnight but we see this as a long-term vision that will come to life over the next decade. We know that creating these next-generation technologies also requires responsible development practices. That is why we have created Responsible Innovation Principles to guide our work. The four main principles for Meta are #1: Never surprise people. We are transparent about how our products work and the data they collect. We communicate clearly and candidly so people can understand the tradeoffs we considered, and make informed decisions about whether and how to use our products. Since augmented and virtual reality is new experiences for most people, we explain how our products should be used safely and responsibly. #2: Provide controls that matter. Augmented and virtual reality technologies blend the virtual and physical worlds, and people’s expectations about how they should work are still developing. We provide controls — where and when they matter — to put people in charge of their experience. This includes visual indicators and physical controls such as camera shutters, age and comfort ratings in VR, and enabling people to set personal boundaries in virtual worlds. We won’t offer controls for everything, but people should always have enough information to make informed choices about whether and how to use our products. #3: Consider everyone. In a world where augmented and virtual reality technology might someday be ubiquitous, we must consider everyone who comes into contact with our products. We build products that are inclusive of our diverse community and design hardware that isn’t one-size-fits-all. Just like when the camera was invented and society established norms around when it was appropriate to take photos, we also need to consider people who aren’t using our products, such as by adding indicators when cameras are in use. We know we can’t do this alone, so we conduct user research and work with in-house and external experts. #4: Put people first. When deciding what’s right for our business, the individual, and the community, we prioritize what’s best for most people in the community. This starts with being responsible stewards of people’s data. When we do collect data, we treat it with the sensitivity it deserves. We take precautions with particularly personal types of data — whether it is being collected for research purposes or to power our products."

    Make technology accessible

    Andy Vermaut: "I was indeed a guest for three days at Molengeek, the free innovative training center in Molenbeek (Brussels). The initiative is getting support not just from the general population, but also from the business sector, including Google, Facebook, Samsung, Proximus, Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and many more. Here they prepare people in almost no time for a job in social media marketing, programming and website development, etc., with cyber security and data analysis to be added soon," says Andy Vermaut, President of the World Council for Public Diplomacy and Community Dialogue. “It's incredible what they do in such a relaxing environment, particularly how a diversified team of coaching practical engineers teaches complicated programming in 6 months without charging a dime... This effort exists in Belgium as well, in Charleroi and Borgerhout, and will soon be in Laeken (also part of Brussels), but it might also be continued via this informal manner of learning... I'm astounded that individuals with no previous understanding of computer science can construct complicated database-linked websites in such a short amount of time... "

    MolenGeek has established itself as a leader

    Andy Vermaut explains what exactly Molengeek is all about: "A group of entrepreneurs led by Marina Aubert, Geoffroy Verney-Carron, Morad Chaboun, and, of course, Ibrahim Ouassari initiated the idea of Molengeek in 2015. Initially intended to be one-time event to assist young people in the commune of Saint-Jean-Molenbeek who were having difficulty obtaining work, the endeavor rapidly became a reference point in the European IT ecosystem. Ibrahim Ouassari and Julie Foulon remained with the project and later co-founded the MolenGeek ecosystem, but meanwhile, Julie Foulon has quit Molengeek to create her own project for women in technology in 2019. MolenGeek was given non-profit status in June 2016. Google compensated MolenGeek 200,000 euros in June 2018. Google CEO Sundar Pichai visited MolenGeek and discussed it at the World Economic Forum Davos on January 20, 2020. In the same year, he singled out Ibrahim Ouassari as an "innovator who is stitching together a brighter future" in "Wired" magazine. The MolenGeek idea is growing beyond Saint-Jean-Molenbeek to boost digital technology awareness in other European cities such as Padua, Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Charleroi. MolenGeek has established itself as a leader in the fields of education and technology throughout the years. The Geek Summit, MolenGeek's first inaugural conference, took place in 2021. The objective was to de-mystify digital information, battle false information, and, most importantly, make it accessible, and the second Geek Summit just took place last week. Yes, I am deeply impressed with what this project offers to people who might otherwise never start an education. It is an added value for Belgium and Europe, but I think the whole world can learn from this. This project should be exported all over the world."

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  • TROM Computers Development Suspended while Project Health Control (PHC) Switches to Neo4j Database Technology

    Neo4j - Query on the wall

    Neo4j - Query on the wall

    The Concerns Iceberg

    The Concerns Iceberg

    Common concerns of a community near you.

    Common concerns of a community near you.

    We are scheduling an operational gap of six months for replenishment of exhausted money reserves and will return with a graph data model in the form of Neo4j.

    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
    — Mark Twain

    SOUTHMINSTER, ESSEX, UNITED KINGDOM, June 14, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- After a sustained three-year attempt at establishing the basis of an expansive network of community centres, TROM Computers is calling a halt to further development for the time being. The initiative started with the establishment of TROM Computers CIC at the beginning of the pandemic in 2019.

    The primary reason for pausing is slow adoption by private benefactors and lack of support from UK Government's Department of Employment and Labour. The project's commercial model is based on income that comes entirely from donations, and a main component is a target projection of government funding in line with current unemployment benefit payments. The government essentially pays for people to work with TROM Computers while job searching.

    As a fundamental principle of the project, the TROM Computers staff are paid in a reward-for-effort model where value generated by the project is distributed among people involved, in direct proportion to their individual contributions. Each person records their contribution as 'time chunks' in a web-accessible database where each 'chunk' consists of date, duration and narrative of what is done. There is no distinction between grades of staff, and all value generated is distributed, so there is no mechanism in the share scheme for any one individual in the project to become wealthy from the project, but opportunity in the project for many staff to gain significantly more than they would on a minimum wage assignment or from government handout.

    "This method of sharing has proven a very difficult concept to understand because it is far from what is 'normal' in commercial structures," says Nishanth Shiraj, web applications specialist, "It is only since I experienced a share out myself that I came to fully understand the concept. You work on the project because you want to, regardless of money reward, and what you get paid varies according to what value is produced overall. We all do this anyway in family situations, so the TROM Computers payment method is simply the same but applied to the commercial settings in social projects."

    A major vision of the TROM Computers project is the harnessing of massive amounts of human capacity built into the many people on low incomes or unemployed. Within the project's organisation structure, there will be opportunity for participants to apply efforts to the resolution of local and national concerns like homelessness, isolation, antisocial behaviour and poverty. Concerns for which it is abundantly evident that Politicians are unable to solve, except for when additional effort is expended to harness the power of the Community Concerns initiative that is a core element of the TROM Computers project.

    A priority target for TROM Computers when it re-emerges with full funding, is to implement the Community Concerns initiative by infiltration of local County Councils and Parish Councils and disrupting their bureaucratic operations. Motivation to join Local Councils is in many cases not by genuine interest in resolving community problems, but by self interest and usually related to personal financial gain. As recorded in TROM Computers history when acquisition of public building for use as local premises was filibustered out of the Burnham Town Council agenda in 2020.

    When the TROM Computers project is underway, government policy that sustains a condition of below-poverty-line existence for recipients of social benefits, will be challenged. As an alternative to current policy, benefits recipients will be offered the opportunity to work on the TROM Computers Community Concerns project, utilising their input and at the same time providing them with incentive for self improvement.

    "The main lesson we can learn from our largely unsuccessful start-up, is to accept that the money game is played always for personal gain and hardly ever for community development,' says David Winter, TROM Computers founder, "No politician or local councillor in the current social system is ever going to promote community development unless it involves some kind of personal advantage."

    During the down time of TROM Computers operations, trials will be conducted on a small scale experiment using donations that individuals make in any case for parties considered of worth in community development. An example of these is the Richie Allen radio show that provides a platform for guests whose opinions are often considered unpopular or offensive, but valid nevertheless on the principle that all opinions should be heard and challenged. Richie Allen is a strong proponent of free speech, and plans are in preparation for a 'share out experiment' involving his regular donors who will be offered the option to donate via TROM Computers as a showcase of how the method works as a precursor to pressure on government to support the TROM Computers project.

    For the global scale of operation envisaged for the TROM Computers project, graphing database technology is the way forward. Graphing technology of choice for the emerging project's data model is Neo4j - https://neo4j.com

    Order Efficiency Ltd is the creator of the Project Health Control (PHC) methodology behind the PHC Consortium, a collaboration of companies and individuals promoting performance improvement for business and individuals.

    TROM Computers CIC is the hub of a network for community development through service via the PHC Portal, an interactive online window to information on community based projects. New users register by sending a blank email to addme@phcportal.com

    Richie Allen is an award winning radio and television presenter and the host of The Richie Allen Show, the most listened to independent radio show in Europe. https://richieallen.co.uk

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