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Department of Homeland Security Updates - Why am I getting These you may ask?

When you sign up for Global Entry you may end up subscribing to receive updates from the DHS. I got an email this morning from the DHS with the headline:

DHS Announces Proposed Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations in DHS-Supported Social Service Programs

I was thinking why am I getting this I don't remember subscribing but then remembered it may have come as a result of signing up for Global Entry 7 years ago.

 

 

The message:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today is proposing a rule that would implement President Trump’s Executive Order No. 13831 (May 3, 2018) to remove regulatory burdens on religious organizations and ensure that religious and non-religious organizations are treated equally in DHS-supported programs. The proposed rule would ensure that DHS-supported social service programs are implemented in a manner consistent with the Constitution and other applicable federal law.

Specifically, the proposed rule provides instructions on religious liberty protections to the organizations that participate in DHS supported social service programs, including the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Citizenship and Integration Program Grant, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Food and Shelter Program, FEMA Crisis Counseling, and FEMA Disaster Case Management.

"On behalf of DHS, I would like to thank the president for his leadership in helping to reverse the previous administration’s requirements discriminating against religious organizations by saddling them with unique regulatory burdens," said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf. "Our proposed rule recognizes that religious organizations are valuable partners in the federal government’s efforts to support the public with needed social services, and that they deserve every chance to compete equally on a level playing field for federal funding and not discriminated against simply because of their religious affiliation."

 

Full details can be seen here: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/01/16/dhs-announces-proposed-rule-regarding-equal-treatment-faith-based-organizations-dhs


A big part of leadership is deciding, and good decision-making benefits from intelligence, thoughtful deliberation, and experience, but also, as i hope you agree, from sound values.

Seth Klarman a hedge fund manager from the Boston, Massachusetts area that I have admired for years and author of one of my favorite finance books "Margin of Safety" has a great quote in a recent Harvard Business School speech. The quote is "A big part of leadership is deciding, and good decision-making benefits from intelligence, thoughtful deliberation, and experience, but also, as i hope you agree, from sound values."

Other great lessons in the piece can be found here for my reference: https://www.alumni.hbs.edu/stories/Pages/story-bulletin.aspx?num=6818


The Lottery Hack

In what I think is one of the best editorial pieces I have read that has ever come out of the Huffington Post by Jason Fagone: The Lottery Winners is a great piece that details how a semi-retired Michigan couple embarks on a journey to take advantage of an opportunity in the Michigan and then the Massachusetts lottery system. The Lottery WinFall games talk about how a loophole in a system can be exploited and those either with enough intelligence or hard work (in this case they spent thousands of hours doing mundane tasks and driving 700+ miles through Canada and back into the USA) can create a short lived business opportunity.

It's a great piece that I'm bookmarking along with the original Boston Globe Spotlight piece:

http://archive.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2011/08/03/lottery_game_is_fatally_flawed_treasurer_should_shut_it_down/

Another article of respect from last week: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanmac/this-is-the-man-who-helped-peter-thiel-demolish-gawker-mr-a?utm_term=.uvLLwzDam#.gnYkq4aQ5


H-Day September 3, 1967

H-Day in Sweden also known as Hogertrafik Day. This is the day in which Sweden decided to switch from driving on the left to the right because there was an increase in accidents of Swedish drivers driving outside of the country. The mass car accidents abroad for their residents and visitors crashing was a problem since all neighboring countries drove on the right and not the left. In Europe today only the United Kingdom & Ireland still drove on the left but the rest of Europe. After advertising with a song specifically about the switch, billboards, pamphlets, radio advertisements, and specific rules set in place to make the switch it was set for 9/3/1967 for the switch from one side to the other.

Sweden was he LAST mainland European country to switch driving sides. Belgium and the Netherlands switched in the 1920's, eastern Austria (Yes half of Austria drove on one side of the road and the other half drove on the other. Eastern Austria drove on the  Left and Western drove on the right), Hungary, and Czechoslovakia all drove on the left until Hitler invaded in World War II and changed that. Here in North America, Nova Scotia drove left until the 1920's, and Newfoundland until 1947. The US Virgin Islands still drive on the left and the closest area that drives on the opposite side of the road is....The Bahamas.

To learn more about Hofertrafik Day listen to this podcast: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/h-day/

 

Actually, Sweden was only the LAST mainland European country to switch driving sides. Belgium and the Netherlands switched in the 1920's, eastern Austria (long story-only half of Austria drove on the right), Hungary, and Czechoslovakia all drove on the left until Hitler took them over. Here in North America, Nova Scotia drove left until the 1920's, and Newfoundland until 1947. The US Virgin Islands still drive on the left.

Lyft Founders Heartfelt Message Regarding Immigration Policies

The founders of Lyft sent out this email to their members on Sunday January 29, 2017 after the new U.S. Presidents announcement on a temporary ban and restriction on immigration from "suspect" countries. There after Uber founder Travis Kalnick pledged $3 million to defend his foreign employees rights. What other CEO's have sparked your interest and inspired you to do your part in keeping our country great thanks to our ethnic diversity. What losses will our country endure from tourism and the possible loss of the next Elon Musk or Pierre Omidyar from entering the USA and starting up in a different country.

The Lyft email displayed below:

Defending Our Values
 
 
 
Hi Richart,

We created Lyft to be a model for the type of community we want our world to be: diverse, inclusive, and safe.

This weekend, Trump closed the country's borders to refugees, immigrants, and even documented residents from around the world based on their country of origin. Banning people of a particular faith or creed, race or identity, sexuality or ethnicity, from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Lyft's and our nation's core values. We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community.

We know this directly impacts many of our community members, their families, and friends. We stand with you, and are donating $1,000,000 over the next four years to the ACLU to defend our constitution. We ask that you continue to be there for each other - and together, continue proving the power of community.
 
 
 
 
 
John & Logan
Lyft Co-Founders

 


Clinton vs Trump Debat Number 2- Wait But Why

In case you have not read the satirist but realistic version of last nights debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald J. Trump then you may want to sit down and have a read: http://waitbutwhy.com/2016/10/second-presidential-debate.html

When you are writing things as a satirist and bringing laughter to a subject like this stuff it can really put a smile on your face as the comments from the posts readers say.

Writers and journalists typically use their powers for evil and to hurt good people. It's very nice to see a positive spin on this.

What are your thoughts on the Wait But Why piece? Send me an email or comment below.

 

-Richart Ruddie