Clarion Bell Warning

By Justin O Smith – Re-Blogged From iPatriot

[The article is quite extreme, so you can see it by following the link below. However, the picture is what it is, with no explanation needed. -Bob]

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How to Hire a Social Media Management Team

By Mark Clain – Re-Blogged From Design Beep

The role of social media in business marketing has been steadily growing. These days, you will have a hard time finding a business without a Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram account, with good reason. Social media is a quick, easy, and relevant way for companies to get their names and content out there. But, using social media to market a business can get time-consuming. A lot of the time, many small companies cannot dedicate the time and staff to maintaining an effective social media marketing plan. Social media marketing involves regular posts and updates as well as regular monitoring of customer participation.

New Loan Sharks Entering The Credit Card Business

By John Rubino – Re-Blogged From Dollar Collapse

A while back, a writer (whose name and story details I unfortunately don’t remember) was researching the credit card business and tried to figure out how card issuers decide which customers to pursue. To this end he created a series of fake personas ranging from an affluent straight-arrow who always pays her bills on time to a white-trashy guy with impulse control issues and a history of multiple defaults and late payments.

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New U.S. Sanctions on Russia Make It Personal

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Highlights

  • Recently passed U.S. sanctions against key Russian oligarchs and officials probably won’t have a major effect on the Russian economy, but they will hurt key companies such as aluminum producer Rusal.
  • Given Rusal’s importance to the global aluminum industry, the effects of the U.S. sanctions will extend beyond Russia, and Chinese companies are the logical replacement for the Russian giant on the international market.
  • Russia will offer financial support to relieve the affected companies and oligarchs while pushing back against the U.S. sanctions, not only through political and economic means but also potentially on the battlefield in Syria and Ukraine.

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Macron and Merkel Will Put on Their Best Poker Faces With Trump

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Highlights

  • Germany is looking for a negotiated solution to trade and sanction disputes with the United States.
  • France is using Brexit and colder U.S.-German relations to try to become the main intermediary between the United States and the European Union.
  • Paris is also trying to use the current global environment to make progress on its long-sought goal of deeper European political and strategic autonomy.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron at a G-20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, in July 2017.

(KAY NIETFELD/AFP/Getty Images)

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