Hoorah! After four-years, the TransPerfect legal battle has finally ended with co-founder Philip Shawe and his mother Shirley Shawe continuing to own and run this successful private company. After following every detail of this case, reading all available documents several times, and interviewing many employees, I feel I know what is right and wrong about this case.
First, let us celebrate what is right: Philip Shawe, the manager and 49% owner who built the business, and who EVERY witness in the case testified in favor of, prevailed in his bid. He now owns 99% of the company. Additionally and importantly, my fellow senior citizen, Shirley Shawe, who was never accused of anything in this case and was being unconstitutionally forced to sell her 1%, was able to maintain her stake (However, I understand that she did lose her control premium in the process).
I also understand the Shawes Read more
Time to look ahead to the trends which will shape the New Year and beyond. Between now and 2020 these trends will change our lives.
The price of 3D printing will drop and cottage industries will become a new trend. It may not be the Star Trek replicator, but we will start producing a surprising amount at home.
In medicine, we will see a real and effective "universal" flu vaccine go to trials and soon replace the barely effective strain based vaccine.
Gene Editing will emerge sometime between 2018 and 2020. Quiet trials have produced intriguing results. Someone will use it to eliminate a genetic disease and someone else will experiment in using it in pigs to produce donor organs for people. The GMO crowd will go into full freak out mode. We will start an ethical debate about the lines of designer people. Why not turn off the aging gene? Why not make us smarter and not just healthier?
The Read more
I wondered if this new Species of Homo Erectus was here to stay or just a passing new trend that is here today and gone tomorrow. However this new emerging post-modern variant seems to be in America and Europe to stay. One can’t be sure how they reproduce, because they are born much like normal infants. However, there is a consensus that the bacteria “Bacillus Propagandus” might be the cause of this phenomenal change. Layman’s language for “Libtardus Invertabratus” is “Spineless Liberal Retard.”
Although this pathogen seemed to have shown up on the North American Continent about nine years ago, it wasn’t able to spread widely until 2008, when a president was elected that was infected with the new pathogen. The North American continent became a warring faction between the infected population and the bacteria resistant population.
Open warfare of rhetoric have Read more
By Don Ayotte
The Loss Of Federal Funding Will Be Delaware’s Stature as an “Ad Hoc” Sanctuary State.
Senator Carper should not be sniveling and whining about losing federal funding for environmental projects. He will lose our funding himself as well as Delaware’s Socialist Liberal Leadership for becoming an “Ad Hoc” sanctuary state.
The citizens of our state have had to pay the price far too long for illegal aliens that have entered our great nation, in spite of our laws, under the administration of an underachieving slack-jawed President Obama.
Delaware’s Liberal Leading Henchmen gladly jumped aboard the “Free-Wagontrain” of federal grants to our state, as long as they supported the “Sanctuary State” bandwagon that Obama forced on the American people. Well folks, the free ride is over for those of you who benefited in many ways at the Delaware Citizen’s Read more
By: Ken Abraham, former DE Deputy Attorney General
The death of Officer Floyd is a tragedy, whether or not he was one of the abusive guards who is a disgrace to the hundreds who go in there and try to do their jobs properly ( and I hear that he was ). However, it does not surprise me. Having SEEN what goes on in our prisons, as I posted recently on our website, two words can account for most of the prison problems: NO ACCOUNTABILITY. Unless and until guards and others, like medical staffers, who commit crimes from property theft, serious neglect of medical problems, to filing false reports, to outright uncalled for brutal beatings of inmates, are PROSECUTED, we will see the same problems.
See our website, on "Prison Abuse" articles for much more. What is needed is not some "Commission or Task Force", and not a federal investigation as a colleague suggested. With such an investigation Read more
By: C. Linwood Jackson, President NAACP Delaware State Conference
MOVING FROM REVOLT TO RESOLUTION
Finding a Path Forward Through Collaboration
First and foremost, our condolences and prayers go out to Sgt. Steven Floyd's family. Loss of life under any circumstances is unconscionable. I believe we all prayed for an outcome where there would be no loss of life and again we mourn along with everyone affected by this.
We have spoken briefly with the warden at the James T. Vaughn Correctional
Center and expressed our interest in working with him in particular and the DOC
in general, in partnership with our NAACP prison branch to resolve any persistent
issues highlighted by the demands made by the prisoners involved with this
unfortunate turn of events.
We hope that as the investigation moves on to identify Read more
By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
There is an art to the peaceful, orderly and effective transition of power. The problems of partisan politics should (at least in theory) be supplanted with the problems of governance, as political ideology has its stark limitations when applied to complex economic, social, environmental and technological problems. Accordingly, the time for rhetoric and slogans is over as the time for creativity, innovation, insight, effective management and common sense dawns across the nation. In essence, we need less noise and more signal – less distraction and more focus.
Personalities aside, the incoming President and the entire nation face massive challenges on an unprecedented scale, as the exponential function applies both graphically and psychologically.
The President and the nation collectively face the following adverse scenario:
1) Read more
Organized violence against police grows to new level in Dallas. Your views and concerns for America
My view: 99 percent of local and state police officers are great at their jobs and an asset to the communities they serve. The problem that exists is the tight closed fraternity or brotherhood that protects the officers that are bad actors. These bad actors who violate the law should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and punished like any citizen that violates our laws.
Bonini announces on the senate floor, he is in favor of legalizing marijuana.
After announcing on the senate floor, that marijuana should be made legal in Delaware, he stated that he would co-sponsor legislation to legalize marijuana if asked. This action would be a first for a GOP gubernatorial candidate in Delaware.
The leftward drift of Delaware's GOP has been apparent to many for years and could be construed as a vain attempt to engage soft democrats and unaffiliated independents to their ranks. Delaware's GOP has seriously followed the national GOP's leftward drift causing a split in conservative ideology with the more conservative and growing "Tea Party groups."
In recent elect election cycles, Delaware's GOP has repudiated and even campaigned against so-called Tea Party candidates. The rift has seriously splintered Delaware's Republican Party with nasty infighting and rancor. Read more
Sanders refuses to back down, vowing to take this fight to the Democratic Convention
While Clinton has accumulated enough delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination without the "super-delegates, Sanders refuses to yield defeat. Can the hatred and differences between the two candidates be that strong?
It would be interesting to be present at the upcoming private meeting between Obama and Sanders next week. Will Obama subtly threaten Sanders political career for failing to yield and endorse the host of the Benghazi Butchery? Oh, that's right, Obama was the "Top Dog" on that call.
Challenging Hillary for any position after she has become the presumptive nominee could be dangerous to Sanders. Many people have seemingly committed "suicide" around the Clintons. Just coincidences I'm sure!
Politics has become an increasingly dangerous business in America as well as Delaware. Read more
The Diamond State has lost some luster. We are not the Diamond state any longer we are the stagnant state. We are stagnant in income growth, our NEAP education scores are stagnant, we spent the last decade creating part time jobs to replace the full time jobs that we lost. We are 6 in education spending and in the bottom third in results. Our state budget is looking like a house of cards. Murdertown U.S.A is here. Even our rural areas face heroin and home invasions. Our cities are seeing drug gang invasions. We have more homeless than shelters. We have more people seeking drug treatment than beds for them. Businesses are being nickled and dimed into oblivion. State renewable portfolio mandates are raising electricity rates which further impoverishes families and drives away manufacturers. Healthcare policy is a failure. They attempted to make us a sanctuary state (SB 60) by preempting Read more
By: Wolf von Baumgart
As the " winner-take-all" Indiana Primary is underway and the candidates are naturally exhausted from the rough and tumble of presidential campaign politics, some are are beginning to show signs of strain. As he "stares at the abyss", Ted Cruz's sputtering remarks about excessive media coverage for Donald Trump and "the Donald TRUMP Network are particularly indicative. It may be that the Trump insurgence, clearly shaking up the GOP establishment, is simply viewed as more "newsworthy" by managing editors. Trump's comment linking Cruz's father to Lee Harvey Oswald before he was shot also raised more than a few eyebrows.
Psychologically, the pivotal GOP Primary nears a critical tipping point. An overwhelming TRUMP victory would (barring political chicanery at the convention) fatally wound the "STOP Trump" movement and give him the needed momentum to Read more
New Folk Hero And Political Savior
Everyone I know, whether they support "The Donald" or not, would agree that he is a persuasive successful businessman, and that his charismatic convincing manner of campaigning has won the support of a wide range of political ideologists.
Trump offers a very important ingredient to the recently oppressed American citizenry. "HOPE" Hope, once given and accepted, gains the complete loyalty of a wide range of beliefs. Trump is not a master manipulator as many think, instead he totally believes that, because of his proven ability to lead the pack, he can perform and deliver what he has said he can, and the people believe him. There is much to be said about a person who will not be defeated, that people admire whether you agree with him or not.
One of the many things that makes Trump successful, even when he appears to be losing is the fact that Read more
Will Colorado's voterless caucus set a dangerous precedent in America's election system?
The National GOP's power is so great nationwide that Colorado decided to hold a caucus that no citizen of Colorado was allowed to vote for who they wanted to nominate on the republican ticket for president. In my opinion this type of behavior sets a dangerous precedent for not only caucuses, but also primaries and general elections.
Although The State of Colorado and others claim this action is legal, it has left a bad taste in the mouths of most Americans and a foul odor in the air. Like myself, even if their favorite candidate loses an election or caucus, we like to know that we were given a chance to VOTE. Donald Trump has every right to scream to people on TV that he feels he was cheated, simply because he was.
The fact that Trump didn't actively campaign in Colorado doesn't mean that Read more
It seems our forefathers vision for a government, of the people, by the people and for the people, has little or no meaning for the pseudo-elite thugs of the National GOP.
The hatred against GOP front-runner Donald Trump has grown like a cancerous tumor in the hearts and souls of these pseudo-elitist thugs. They conspire behind closed about how best they can take down their own candidate and cause enough division in the party to hand Hillary Clinton the election on a silver platter.
Ironically, with each blistering attack on this seemingly impervious presidential candidate, he grows stronger in the polls and stronger in the eyes of his growing supporters. An increasingly vocal mass of growing supporters comprised of republicans, democrats and independents wait in anticipation for, "The Donald" to claim the magical number of 1237 delegates, thus fulfilling the people's will.
Against Read more
By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
With the current internal conflict and disarray in the Republican Party and increasing frustration of the American People, national politics is at a critical turning point. The GOP “establishment” is desperate to stop “insurgent” Donald Trump at all costs. Rumors and disinformation abound in a sea of tumult, personal attack and carefully crafted negative advertising instead of substantive debate on constructive solutions to the array of complex problems facing the American People in an unstable economic environment in the face of a massive national debt.
On the Democratic Party side of the presidential equation, the voters have an essential choice between a long-time Socialist and a former First Lady facing FBI investigation and possible indictment on serious national security charges.
We are approaching a critical psychological Read more
By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
Yesterday, at the University of Utah, Mitt Romney, under the banner of the Hinckley Institute, ironically fired a political “shot” across Donald Trump’s “bow” and put up a lot of “Flak” in a vain attempt to “shoot down” the TRUMP campaign jet through a “barrage of character assassination”, while projecting himself as the “elder statesman” or “savior” of the embattled GOP. Media “scuttlebutt” and speculation has it that he may be the purported “last ditch” hope of stopping Trump in a brokered convention.
In reality, he placed himself in the disadvantageous strategic position between Trump’s political “panzer divisions” and the “Rocky Mountains” impending avalanche of genuine anger and frustration of masses of American voters. After all, the current GOP hierarchy and its governing special interests, Read more
While watching Foxnews last night, the only winner was clearly Gov. Kasich. He discussed the issues and didn't take the bait from any of the moderators. Too bad his experience is going to waste. The other three in the GOP republican race, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have long ago stooped to name calling and expressing disparaging comments about their opponents private parts and hands.
John Kasich was clearly the presidential candidate on the stage Thursday night. I was suitably impressed at his abilities that included balancing a federal budget, his knowledge on foreign policy and amazing knowledge on how to fix a broken education system. He clearly articulated policy with substance and clarity, while not attacking any of his opponents.
Kudos for Kasich! while the world was laughing at the new Thursday night clown act on the parts of Donald Trump, Little Rubio and Liar Read more
It seems that daily these pundits, candidates and loudmouths prophesy Trump's doom. In the meantime Trump gains percentage points and delegates. The more percentage points and delegates Trump receives, the louder and meaner the adversaries get.
This shows that the American people are not fooled, they won't accept the lies and rhetoric of GOP establishment insiders and refuse to take the bait. Watching Foxnews has lately become amusing as they give as much earned media time as Cruz and Rubio want and very little to Trump lately. Rubio's whole platform now has become a ranting and raving platform about Trump. It seems for the GOP that issues are no longer the primary concern of debates, nor are they important enough to debate
I watched the CNN GOP debate on Thursday and watched half in amusement and half in horror as the debate never started. Instead, two rabid dogs attacked Trump Read more
PROPOSITION: IF School District Election Reform, THEN Sewer District Referendum Reform
By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
Senate Bill 165, currently before the Delaware General Assembly, if enacted, will afford citizens the opportunity to vote by mail-in ballots in Delaware public school district elections once a year on the second Tuesday in May. The elections will be conducted by the Delaware Department of Elections – not the local school boards. Logically, another question emerges:
Why not sewer district election reform?
The basic legal and administrative principles of general elections should also apply to school and sewer district elections in that they should be secure, impartial and held in a time, place and manner convenient to the electorate at-large. We have heard numerous allegations of multiple voting in various school Read more
Time to Change Political Party Registration???
By: Wolfgang von Baumgart, Staff Writer
A recent survey by the Center for Public Integrity ranked the First State as 48th in state integrity and gave it an overall ‘F’ grade. Given the rather sorry state of our economy, numerous cases of poor financial management, increased loss of individual freedom and opportunity, new voices in Delaware politics are needed now, more than ever. However, given the dirty - if not utterly filthy - nature of politics (as evidenced by the arrogant, distorted, libelous, toxic and vitriolic environment some political blog sites) many good, caring, kindhearted, creative and intelligent people are discouraged from seeking elected office, lest their reputations be dragged through the mud in partisan character assassination campaigns. As a result, critical public questions and issues requiring Read more
How can anyone not know that free stuff isn't really free? The question is do you have control over how much you pay and what you get or does some bureaucrat determine those factors? Central planning doesn't work. Who is trying to move into North Korea? Government dictating prices, payments and services offered by doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes is not good. It wouldn't be any better at the college level. Why would we want to turn our collegiate system into the wonderfully ineffective and inferior system of a public high school? The first semester and often the first term at most public colleges for a large percentage of students is bridging them from high school. Most people no longer graduate in 4 years partially due to this fact. Free is expensive in that either the quality will go down as it becomes almost universal or the cost will go up to accommodate those who are Read more
By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
In response to the Governor’s 10/2/15 weekly message on “Combating Climate Change While Growing our Economy”, there is another practical, economical and environmentally compatible energy source currently available, i.e.: HYDROKINTETICS.
In-line hydrokinetics differs from traditional hydroelectric generation as it does not require dams or natural waterfalls – only water flow at 4.2 Knots or greater and has in contrast, an extremely low environmental impact throughout its life cycle. Furthermore, it can produce electricity with zero GHG emission cheaper than a conventional coal-fired power plant.
[Photo: UEK Corporation]
The idea was first publically introduced in Delaware during a public meeting regarding a proposed Indian River Inlet power generation project in Ocean View in 1993. The Indian River Inlet is the second fastest Read more
CNN leads On Wednesday's debate with an attempt to pit all candidates against Trump Backfires And Brings Candidates Closer Together
It appeared to many that the CNN debate was being engineered to divide the GOP, instead of discussing important issues that concern America and her future. I agree with this view of many pundits who also viewed the unbelievably long debate.
As it turns out, during some heated exchanges, there was no animosity with the top eleven candidates, and important national and geopolitical subjects were discussed at the lengthy debate of over three hours. At times there seemed almost a camaraderie among the presidential hopefuls. A new respect for one-another was born out of the necessity for one of them to serve as president, thus ending an eight-year dictatorial "executive order" rule.
A genuine camaraderie apparently was born between Trump and popular candidate Read more
By: Steven Washington, M.Ed
How do we combat crime in Wilmington, Delaware? It appears that nonsense shootings are happening almost daily and we constantly look for solutions. Have we exercised every avenue or do we really want it to stop? We really must become proactive and not reactive.
I would like to introduce safety right in the palm of your hand via your mobile phone. This app will help deter crime and build communication. Don't hesitate to visit my web-site: www.ubnappd.com/sw71
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What would you do if you got pulled over by the Police, walking alone or had an incident with someone? Would you want an eye witness?
Parents, Do you worry about your kids safety? Would you want to be alerted within minutes of an incident they have?
UbnAppd is an app that records video, alerts emergency Read more