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IronLionZion

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Hometown: PA
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Current location: DC
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About Me

I was born in Brooklyn, Trump was born in Queens. The only thing that makes people think I'm an H-1b stealing jobs from Americans is that my Grandparents immigrated from India, while Trump's immigrated from Germany. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

Journal Archives

How to recession-proof your investments

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/26/success/recession-proof-investments/index.html

No one knows when the next financial downturn will hit, but everyone can take steps now to prepare for it.

With markets becoming more volatile this week, it's a good time to figure out if you're ready to weather an impending storm.

"Recession-proofing your portfolio and financial life is particularly important during a time like this, when everyone knows a recession will come eventually, but no one knows when," said Ben VerWys, senior financial adviser at Action Point Financial in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

While the economy is still strong and unemployment is still relatively low, it's a good opportunity to re-evaluate your goals, rebalance your portfolio and review your debt and cash levels.

Re-evaluate your goals
First, consider how many years away you are from needing to take distributions from your portfolio in retirement, said Jarodd White, financial planner with Vitalize Capital Management in Milwaukee. "The shorter your time horizon, the higher the need is to move assets from more volatile to less volatile strategies."
Next, consider whether you're taking on the right amount of risk.

You can stress test your current holdings in a variety of ways, but looking at how you may have fared in past downturns is a simple way to do it.

Brett N. Fry, a certified financial planner at Forteris Wealth Management in Dallas, said he shows his clients how their portfolio would have performed during past downturns, like the recession of 2008 or the bursting of the tech bubble in 2001.

"Often the investor says they could not stomach that sort of loss or volatility," he said. "Then we know their current portfolio is too risky and they should dial back."
Based on your financial goals, set out a plan for when you plan to withdraw your money and put it in writing.


The president's supporters may be dumb enough to believe his lies but the rest of us would do well to reduce risk in investments and retirement plans.

Fake IRS Scam Caller Accidentally Calls A Talk Show Host



The IRS will never call you. They'll never ask for payment through gift cards. They'll never threaten you with arrest. If you're surprised to hear from the IRS, it's probably not the IRS.

The real IRS will send you letters, not call. If and when they garnish your wages and freeze your accounts, you'll know about it way in advance and it won't be a surprise.

With little left to lose, Elizabeth Warren rolls the dice

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/with-little-left-to-lose-elizabeth-warren-rolls-the-dice/2020/02/21/74ac5f8c-5435-11ea-b119-4faabac6674f_story.html



LAS VEGAS — Everybody loses some of their inhibitions in Las Vegas. Even Elizabeth Warren.

This is where the Democratic senator from Massachusetts shrugged off her reluctance to criticize rivals and eviscerated them during a debate, landing precision blows one after the other. This is where she accepted the help of a super PAC, reversing a central tenet of her presidential campaign about the corrupting power of money. And this is where it started to look like she was having fun for the first time in months, just ahead of Saturday’s Nevada caucuses.

After moping two weeks ago through New Hampshire, where she stressed to audiences that she hasn’t spent her career pining for the White House, she was suddenly making changes that could expand the possibility that she gets there.

Allies say Warren’s demeanor changed after disappointing results rolled in from gray and snow-covered New Hampshire. Already upset with herself for a lackluster New Hampshire debate and down about her disappointing third-place finish in Iowa, she made a case to her staff that this was the time to fight.

“There’s going to come a time when it is clear what’s going to happen in this contest, but that time is not now,” she said, according to a person familiar with the call who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss it. “We are nowhere near that moment. We are not close. We’re not even within shouting distance.

“These are the moments we find out who we are.”


Elizabeth Warren came to make plans and kick ass. And she's made more than enough plans.

Portland man is convicted of killing 2 men who confronted him over racist rants on teen girls

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/22/us/portland-train-stabbing-jeremy-christian-guilty/index.html

Portland, Oregon (CNN)A man has been convicted of killing two people who confronted him for harassing a Muslim teen and her friend in a Portland train.

Jeremy Joseph Christian was found guilty of 12 counts, including two murder charges and an attempted murder charge, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office said in a statement Friday.
The jury will begin considering his sentence Tuesday.



Jeremy Joseph Christian shouts at the end of a court appearance.
"Our community continues to feel the profound impact from this violent and racist attack that happened more than two years ago," Multnomah County District Attorney, Rod Underhill, said in the statement.
On May 26, 2017, Christian boarded a MAX light-rail train in Portland and then went on a tirade directed at two African-American teenagers, one of whom was wearing a traditional Muslim hijab.

One of the girls, Destinee Mangum said he "told us to go back to Saudi Arabia and told us we shouldn't be here."
She said he told them, "Get the f*** out," "Pay taxes," "Go home, we need American here," "I don't care if you are ISIS," and "F*** Saudi Arabia," police said in a probable cause affidavit.
When Ricky Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, tried to defend the girls, he fatally slashed their throats.
Micah Fletcher was stabbed in the neck but survived.


Sounds like terrorism. Video at link.

Two kittens rescued by blind raccoon repay the favor by becoming his bodyguards

https://ronproject.com/two-kittens-raccoon-bodyguards/



Back in 2009, an Illinois-based woman started caring for a blind raccoon that would frequent her backyard. Eryn’s yard is bordered by a thickly wooded area, and she noticed that the raccoon displayed some pretty odd behavior.

Not only would the raccoon come out during the day, but it would also constantly bump into things and be spooked by perfectly normal, natural sounds. Then, Eryn realized that the raccoon’s eyes would glow bright green during the day.

“There is something wrong with his tapetum lucidum. His eyes shine bright green during the day. He is at least partially blind. He walks into things. He is afraid of the wind, high grass, birds, and snow,” Eryn explains.



When she realized that her daily visitor was a blind raccoon, Eryn began leaving him little meals on her porch.
“He comes to our house for food early in the morning usually around 6-9AM. He often returns for seconds and sometimes comes back for thirds. His bottom lip is missing so we feed him soft pasta noodles soaked in cream of chicken soup. We often cut up small pieces of hot dogs, ham, pork, etc. He refuses to eat canned cat/dog food,” she continues.
Eryn also goes on to firmly state that the blind raccoon doesn’t have rabies or distemper. She points out that raccoons are frequently out during the day in early summer after giving birth to a litter of kits, and that if the raccoon did have rabies or distemper, it would have perished long ago.



More pics and video at link with the rest of the story

2 Shot in Busy Area of Downtown DC

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/2-shot-near-city-center-in-northwest-dc/2216453/



Two people were shot in a busy area of downtown D.C. Thursday evening.

A male victim was shot in the head at 8th and H streets in Chinatown just after 5 p.m. He is in critical condition.

A second shooting victim was found at 11th and H streets in Northwest.

Police are questioning somebody.

The 700 block of 8th Street, eastbound H Street between 11th Street and 8th Street, and the northbound 700 Block of 11th Street are closed.


I was wondering why the police blocked off streets as I walked past this exact area just now. Damn

Masked neo-Nazis had a surprise march through DC, MPD says masks were legal

After video of the event spread, civil rights activists and legal observers asked how the demonstrators were not in violation of the District’s anti-mask law.

https://www.wusa9.com/article/features/producers-picks/masked-neo-nazi-protest-dc-was-it-legal/65-4872c9c8-2ab7-423b-b45f-1e9fe9b8c017

WASHINGTON — In an unannounced demonstration through U.S. Capitol grounds and the National Mall, masked neo-Nazis issued a clarion call to their cause, as stunned tourists and neighbors looked on.

Members of the white nationalist group known as "Patriot Front" shouted chants of "reclaim America," as they crossed Constitution Avenue. Their yells echoed against the stately buildings of the government they seek to remove.

"These people are neo-Nazis from Charlottesville who killed Heather Heyer," a counter-protester said, referring to the 32-year-old activist murdered during the August 2017 Unite the Right march. "Do not let them into D.C."

Patriot Front is defined by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as an image-obsessed hate group, founded in the aftermath of Charlottesville.

Around 150 members of the organization were difficult to miss on an otherwise tranquil afternoon – young and middle-aged men wearing matching khaki pants, white face masks, black sunglasses and khaki hats.

But after video of the event spread on Twitter, civil rights activists and legal observers asked how the demonstrators were not in violation of the District’s anti-mask law.

https://twitter.com/MikevWUSA/status/1226253885716803585





Video at link.

There's always a loophole

Sarah Lawrence father charged with sex trafficking and extortion



Lil Nas X-Old Town Road Gayageum ver. by Luna



I subscribed to Luna Lee's channel. She's so talented

Artist Arranges Stones In Stunning Patterns On The Beach, Finds It Very Therapeutic (30 Pics)

https://www.boredpanda.com/stone-arrangements-beach-land-art-jon-foreman/

Jon Foreman discovered land art while in college and immediately fell in love with it. He felt that the natural world had more in it to be explored, particularly where he lives, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Since the area has an extensive coastline, a huge part of Foreman's work revolves around the stones he finds near the sea. Using everything from tiny pebbles to big rocks, the artist surprises beachgoers with mesmerizing arrangements that never cease to amaze.

"I create using many natural materials but stone has proven to be the material which I can manipulate best. Be it color, angle, shape, size, placement, spacing," Foreman told Bored Panda. "Typically, I either start with a rough idea of what I'd like to do or no idea whatsoever! Then I collect what I can carry and start by placing stone by stone, steadily losing myself in the process and disconnecting from the stress of everyday life."













This took some time and talent. More photos and some descriptions at the link.
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