Trump praises non-existent African country in speech to African leaders

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Speaking before a group of African leaders at the United Nations on Wednesday, President Donald Trump cited the progress of Nambia’s health system. The problem is, Nambia does not exist.

“In Guinea and Nigeria, you fought a horrifying Ebola outbreak, Trump said. “Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient.”

Trump likely meant Namibia, which does exist. The president delivered his remarks during a lunch attended by leaders from Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Guinea, Senegal, Namibia, and Uganda.

Unlike several other countries in West Africa last year, Namibia was spared the deadly Ebola outbreak in 2016 that caused widespread panic, including in the United States. Given Ebola outbreaks in other African countries, Namibia boosted its health system to prepare for possible infections in the southwestern African nation.

Trump began his speech before the African leaders by touting the economic potential in African nations, saying that “so many” of his friends are “going to your countries trying to get rich.”

“Africa has tremendous business potential,” Trump said. “I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich, I congratulate you. They are spending a lot of money. But it does, it has tremendous business potential.”

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Busy Philipps Lands In The Hospital While Celebrating BFF Michelle Williams’ Birthday! Oops!

Not exactly how Busy Philipps imagined celebrating her BFF’s birthday!!!

And so, after a long time at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, doctors determined something pretty crazy: Busy’s ovary had flipped over!!!

It’s a medical condition called ‘torsion,’ and it can be serious — but luckily for Philipps, her body actually flipped the ovary back by itself!

She shared the entire ordeal on Instagram (below):

Last night ended super weird. But if you listen to my podcast, you know our advice is always, don’t be a hero, go to the doctor. Anyway, I had a crazy excruciating pain in my lower right side and after a long time at Mass Gen, it was determined my ovary had flipped over- it’s called torsion. Mine flipped back by itself and I’m ok but sometimes if it doesn’t you have to get surgery or you can lose your ovary(which actually happened to a really good friend of mine) Anyway, my point of posting this was I felt like an idiot for going to the hospital but ultimately, going was the right move! It always is! Even if they say you’re fine and send you on your way! And a huge thank you to the amazing doctors and nurses who took care of me! ❤️❤️❤️A post shared by Busy Philipps (@busyphilipps) on Sep 10, 2017 at 7:39am PDT

Wow!!!

Here are some other highlights of her night before the health issues (below):

On my way to find my other half.A post shared by Busy Philipps (@busyphilipps) on Sep 9, 2017 at 5:17pm PDT

Found her. Happy birthday to my better half. I love you, M. You make everything better. 💞A post shared by Busy Philipps (@busyphilipps) on Sep 9, 2017 at 8:35pm PDT

We found a dock. WHERE YOU AT DAWSON? #wedontwanttowaitforourlivestobeoverA post shared by Busy Philipps (@busyphilipps) on Sep 10, 2017 at 1:21pm PDT

So great!

At least everything ended up being OK.

And a very happy birthday to Michelle!!!

[Image via Instagram.]

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Demi Lovato May Be Dating A Woman And Fans Are So Here For It

I’m here for Demi Lovato. I’m here for her crazy-catchy summer hits, her fitness Instagram photos, her mental health advocacy, and I am certainly here for her maybe… hopefully… fingers crossed… new girlfriend. After they were spotted holding hands at Disneyland on Saturday, fans are wondering, who is Lauren Abedini and what is she doing with our main girl Demi Lovato?

Fans understandably freaked out when the “Cool For The Summer” singer strolled through the family amusement park has if she A) wasn’t just some insanely famous icon, and B) didn’t care that she was noticeably linked up with DJ/Producer Lauren Abedini. Together, the two held hands and rocked serious cool-girl vibes, sporting laid back leisurewear, ponytails, and sunglasses. Still, their biggest accessories seemed to be each other.

Elite Daily reached out to both Lovato and Abedini’s teams but did not hear back by the time of publication.

Reminder to all mega-celebs: Wearing sunglasses doesn’t actually make it so we can’t see you. Lovatics know a Demi when they see a Demi.

Plus, the duo held hands in front of Mickey, God, and everyone, as if that wasn’t going to set Lovato’s fan’s worlds on fire  ignite serious rumors about her love life. Loads of Twitter users in the LGBTQ community perked right up, applauding this potential new romance and cheering the hopefully real couple on.

Fans also did their due diligence and were quick to research all there is to know about Abedini. They were not disappointed.

Abedini is known in her professional life as DJ KITTENS and has received loads of critical acclaim for her talent behind the turntables. Her website, says,

With her vast knowledge and relentless curiosity for music, LA based DJ, KITTENS (born Lauren Abedini) has been able to find and deliver a balance between low grinding electronic beats, heavy rap, and future beat music. Earning the support of some of the most influential artists of our time; Usher, Kid Cudi, Skrillex, A-trak, Salva, and more, KITTENS has solidified herself as a cornerstone in the in the ever evolving DJ community.

…KITTENS’ aggressive style of DJing, rooted in her foundation as a hip hop aficionado and harder track selections often leave people pleasantly shocked to find she is not as soft and fluffy as her name might suggest.

Mm-hmm, mm-hmm, works for me.

As if this wasn’t badass enough, Abedini is also an avid charity supporter and feminist. She hosts PWR, a series of non-profit DK workshops designed for women, and all proceeds donated to the program go to local women’s shelters.

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Twitter. You were saying?

Despite Demi’s sometimes smooth, sometimes bumpy love life that involved a six-year relationship with the much older Wilmer Valderrama, we shouldn’t be surprised by the news of her dating a female.

Back in 2015, Lovato joined host Alan Carr on his British talk show to discuss some of her lyrics that hinted at same-sex relations. At the time, she said,

I am not confirming and I’m definitely not denying. All of my songs are based off of personal experiences. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with experimentation at all.

Carr, who is openly gay, responded with, “I experimented once and it stuck.”

Lovato’s incredible response? “Hey, I didn’t say that it didn’t stick either. I didn’t say that it didn’t stick.”

Love to love.

VEVO

On her end, Lauren Abedini is openly out.

BUT. LET’S NOT BE IGNORANT IDIOTS.

Just because two females hold hands and one happens to openly be into women does a relationship make… so no one freak out if we learn the two girls are just two friends, being friends, and doing friend things, like holding hands.

Still… would be kinda awesome, right?

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/entertainment/celebrity/demi-lovato-dating-woman-fans/2066611/

Selena Gomez’s best friend gave her a kidney this summer

(CNN)Selena Gomez revealed on Thursday that she received a kidney transplant from her BFF.

The singer posted a photo on Instragram that shows her and fellow actress Francia Raisa holding hands across their hospital beds.
“I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of,” Gomez wrote in the caption.” “So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering.”

    I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith

    A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on

    Gomez revealed her Lupus diagnosis in 2015 and last year took some time off as she struggled with the disease as well as anxiety and depression.
    The superstar said the transplant was “what I needed to do for my overall health.”
    She said she looked forward to sharing more with her fans later about her transplant journey, but in the meantime she wanted to thank her health team and Raisa.
    “She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me,” Gomez said. “I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”
    Raisa is an actress best known for her role as Adrian Lee on the TV series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”
    On Thursday, Gomez fans swarmed Raisa’s latest Instragram photo to thank her for the kidney donation.

    #tacotuesday You feel me 🌮🇲🇽🇭🇳

    A post shared by Francia Raísa (@franciaraisa) on

    “You’re amazing,” one person commented. “You’re one hell of a friend.”

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/14/entertainment/selena-gomez-kidney-transplant/index.html

    This Teacher’s Neat (But Extremely Gross) Experiment For Her Students Has Gone Viral

    Teaching children to love science can be difficult. Getting kids to wash their hands can be even more so. Well, one teacher in Gray’s Creek, North Carolina, has managed to do both for her class in one foul, really gross swoop.

    In a post that’s gone viral on Facebook, Donna Gill Allen showed off a neat experiment she did with her class to teach them about the importance of washing their hands.

    “To all my teacher friends this is the grossest yet coolest experiment,” she wrote. “I did this while teaching about germs and how they spread. You use three pieces of bread. You let all the kids see you put a piece of bread in a baggy with a glove on hence ‘controlled’ then you wash your hands and put a piece of bread in a baggy for ‘clean’ last but definitely not least you pass a piece of bread around and let every kid in class touch it then you put it in a baggy and label it dirty.”

    “Watch how the bread changes over time due to germs. It is so cool and a great way to teach the importance of hand washing”.

    And boy does the bread change.

    Donna Gill Allen / Facebook

     

    The control bread and the slice that had been handled with washed hands show little signs of mold, whilst the bread that had been handled with “dirty hands” is covered in mold, due to the spores the children had wiped all over it. Feeling an urge to wash your hands?

    The experiment has been met with praise online, with people calling it a great idea and a cute way to teach kids about germs. It could also be used to teach science classes about using controls in studies.

    Other commenters have also suggested that this needs to be shown to adults, who clearly aren’t taking hygiene seriously enough, and have tagged people who should wash their hands more.

    If this hasn’t grossed you out enough, check out this experiment from Buzzfeed that looks at how McDonald’s burgers don’t ever appear to go moldy, despite being left out for a long time. To understand why, check out the full explanation of what’s going on here.

     

     

    Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/chemistry/this-teachers-neat-but-extremely-gross-experiment-for-her-students-has-gone-viral/

    8 Stories That Show Exactly How The Media Hates Millennials

    Somebody has to stop the millennial killing spree before it’s too late and the only thing we’re left with is social media and avocados and- oh god, they’re killing those too. But wait, there doesn’t seem to be any logic to millennial behavior. How can they both be the generation with the worst manners, but also obsessed with political correctness and not offending anyone? Why, it’s almost as if these headlines directly contradict one another, because the whole thing is a crock of artisanal horseshit …

    8

    Millennials Are Obsessed With Drinking, But Also Drinking Way Less Than Previous Generations

    Millennials are heavy drinkers. According to The Tennessean, they make up a disproportionate percentage of alcohol buyers, and they splurge on the good stuff.

    And oh boy do millennials love wine. Bustle reports that millennials buy so much of it that they’re changing the industry. Humans have been drinking wine for 8,000 years, but it took women in their 20s posting about it on Facebook to take it to the next level. Why do they love wine so much? USA Today argues that it might be because it’s the healthiest of alcoholic beverages, and the increased heart health quiets the demons after three glasses.

    Or wait, actually, millennials aren’t drinking as much as previous generations. This Forbes article (named “Millennials Gone Mild” *fart noise*) tells of bars and nightclubs closing en masse, as millennials prefer to go out to sober events like “juice crawls,” or stay home altogether. The author goes on to say “Over the past few years, Millennials have started identifying as ‘grandmas’ and ‘grandpas’ when they stay in for the night — a lifestyle choice revered by most members of ‘Generation Yawn.'” Somebody revoke this man’s word license.

    Oh, and millennials couldn’t afford to drink, even if they wanted to. Business Insider has concluded that they’re also killing the beer industry. Even wine sales have flatlined.

    So millennials are obsessed with drinking, particularly high-quality alcohol, to the point where the industry is changing to accommodate them. But at the same time, they’re not drinking as much as previous generations, because they can’t afford it and they’re all doing sober juice crawls wherein they butt-chug ginger shots, causing bars to spontaneously explode. They’re drinking less beer, but record amounts of wine, but also wine consumption hasn’t increased in the past year. Why can’t they drink exactly the right amount?

    7

    Millennials Don’t Vote, But They’re Voting For All The Wrong People

    This Big Think article starts with “Hey, you. Yes, you. Millennials. Stop twerking for a second and listen up.” That’s a sure way to gain the respect of your reader! The piece goes on to argue that millennials don’t vote because politicians don’t represent their interests. They go on to say that millennial voter apathy is because they have “no faith in populism,” a claim so powerfully wrong that many of your eyes have just rejected it outright. But the core of what it’s saying is correct, right? Millennials don’t vote because nobody represents them. Otherwise, they’d be passionate.

    The Wall Street Journal thinks millennials are passionate about voting, but that they’re misdirecting their passion. Young people gravitated toward Sanders and Trump in the last presidential election, which was against their own best interests, the paper argues. Both of their economic policies would be bad for long-term growth, which millennials would know if they’d stop asking for “free stuff” long enough to read a goddamn book. So millennials don’t vote because nobody appeals to them, but when they do, it’s because the wrong people are appealing to them. Gotcha.

    6

    Millennials Are Too Involved In Their Children’s Lives, But Also Not Involved Enough

    Millennials are the new “helicopter parents,” hovering over their children and providing exciting aerial footage of all their most precious police chases. According to Elite Daily, millennial parents will supervise all of their children’s interactions, preventing them from developing a sense of creativity. And they’ll fix any problem their child has, depriving them of the chance to fix it themselves. Millennials are smothering their children.

    Alternatively, if we check in with ABC, we find that millennials are too focused on “me time.” Their parenting style is vastly different from the helicopter parents of previous generations. Their children lack structure and supervision because they’re too busy Snapchatting their Instagrams. The article also weirdly states that “Millennial Moms are 21 percent less likely to send a thank-you note via postal mail.” And why aren’t these goddamn kids sending singing telegrams anymore?

    5

    Millennials Don’t Work, But Are Also Poisoning Their Companies With Their Workaholism

    Millennials are more stressed out about their jobs than other generations. Glamour reported that they are too occupied with their careers, their only goals being to “get a new job with better benefits, more pay, better hours, and more work-life balance, as well as work that was more intrinsically rewarding.” Truly, this is unheard-of stuff.

    Wait a minute, it turns out millennials want material things, but aren’t willing to work for them. The Miami Herald says that millennials won’t take a job that’s too hard, and they refuse to work overtime. “Stay an extra two hours at my job as a mattress nap tester? Who do you think I am, the Wolf of Wall Street?”

    But The Herald also claims that millennials are “work martyrs,” the hardest-working people in the workforce. They refuse to take their allotted vacation time because they’re too goddamn addicted to working. If only these job-stressed, lazy work martyrs could take a week off, they’d learn how a real adult handles their job — by drinking schnapps in their car during lunch and writing about millennials twice a week.

    4

    Millennials Blow Too Much Money, But Are Killing Whole Industries By Not Spending Money

    A BankRate study found that millennials are spending way too much going out to eat. They go to Starbucks too often, and have large bar tabs (except when they don’t). All these little expenses add up and eat into the money they should be saving for retirement.

    This irresponsibility has spread into other areas. This Is Money reports that in addition to ordering too many meals, millennials are overspending on expensive clothes. It looks like if these millennials don’t learn to go without spending money on frivolous things, they’ll never be able to support themselves.

    Or wait, millennials are in fact to blame for the severe sales slump at chain restaurants like Applebee’s and TGI Fridays. This Business Insider article states, “Millennial consumers are more attracted than their elders to cooking at home, ordering delivery from restaurants, and eating quickly, in fast-casual or quick-serve restaurants.” Those monsters!

    And it doesn’t stop with dining out. Millennials are also killing the motorcycle and diamond industries. CNBC hypothesizes that the slump in sales is due to millennials’ tendency to value experiences over material goods, that they “seek out experiences, such as vacations and concerts, that they can post about on social media.” Rest assured that it’s not because they’re broke and can’t burn tens of thousands of dollars on a shiny rock and a loud bike; it’s because they’re narcissistic and need to brag about their trip to Argentina on social media. Also, no one’s ever bragged about their diamond ring online, right guys?

    3

    Millennials Never Leave The House, But Are Also Everywhere (And That’s Awful)

    The New York Post is worried about millennials. They spend too much time at home, leading to an upswing in depression. Instead of going out to the bar with their friends or meeting a date for coffee, they stay home and binge-watch TV. The Post warns of the emotional dangers of “Netflix and chill” — which, if you recall, was a euphemism for sex before the olds got to it.

    And yet the same New York Post is mad that millennials are going out too much, railing against millennial “brunch culture” — that is, that millennials will go to restaurants to eat brunch. But wait, isn’t that good? Instead of killing restaurants? Not so fast — the problem the article has is that these goddamn kids will hog tables for hours and obnoxiously take pictures of their food instead of silently, angrily nursing a hangover, as God intended.

    2

    Millennials Hate Capitalism, Except When They Love Capitalism

    National Review came out with the hottest take their scientists could engineer, combining every millennial stereotype into a super-take capable of triggering every lib, and perhaps killing male feminists outright. They argue that millennials dislike capitalism because they are ignorant of what it truly is (and that they like socialism for the same reason). They go on to say that capitalism doesn’t care for their puny gender or racial identities, which scares millennials right into Bernie Sanders’ arms.

    Meanwhile, The American Spectator is too busy dunking on progressives to buy into the myth that millennials hate capitalism. Capitalism brought them iPhones and Uber, the popularity of which proves millennials love the free market. They also go on to claim that millennials don’t know what socialism is, because that seems to be some sort of journalistic nervous tic.

    1

    Millennials Want Participation Trophies, But Also Youth Sports Are Way Too Intense Now

    The Washington Post calls millennials the “Participation Trophy Generation,” participation trophies being the ultimate symbol of entitlement. We were so afraid of hurting any child’s feelings that we got rid of winners and losers, and now an entire generation is growing up unprepared for the competitive real world.

    The Blaze
    Millennials: “Glenn Beck is ruining our grandparents.”

    Glenn Beck’s rag The Blaze agrees, pining for the days when there was only one trophy, handed out to the winner, and those who came in third or lower were summarily executed.

    The Federalist

    The Federalist claims that millennials’ lust for participation trophies has bled into the workplace. They say that millennials, especially women, want promotions the same way they want trophies: whether they earned them or not. If only they weren’t babied so much at soccer games, maybe millennials would be better human beings. A competitive football game is what made the Greatest Generation great and the Baby Boomers boom, right?

    This HuffPo article starts with “Youth sports: a chance to run around, play sports with friends and have fun … At least that’s how it used to be.” But now youth sports culture is so demanding and competitive that kids are emotionally and physically drained, with most dropping out by age 13.

    Washington Post
    “Take it easy, kid. If you don’t get a trophy for losing, then we won’t get to spend a lifetime berating you for it.”

    The consequences run even deeper, though. Sports are so intense now that kids are getting injured like never before. That comes from The Washington Post, the same people who coined the term “Participation Trophy Generation.”

    Man, it’s almost like these writers just hate the younger generation because they’re trapped in old, failing bodies and growing increasingly irrelevant to society by the day. But that couldn’t be it. That’s too far-fetched. No, it is the avocado’s fault, surely …

    David Klesh was born in 1980, but refuses to call himself a millennial. His writing has also appeared on the Faith Hope and Fiction blog. Dan Hopper is an editor for Cracked, previously for CollegeHumor and BestWeekEver.tv. He fires off consistent A-tweets at @DanHopp. Adam Schwallie has a Twitter, where he tweets in between destroying all of the industries that Baby Boomers hold near and dear to their hearts.

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    Linkin Park Singers Wife Shares Video of Him 36 Hours Before Suicide, Reveals What Depression Really Looks Like

    Depression wears many faces.

    It doesn’t always look like a tears-streaming-down-your-face ugly cry in the fetal position. It doesn’t even always look somber or neutral.

    Sometimes, depression laughs.

    It even belly laughs.

    This was the face of Linkin Park lead singer, Chester Bennington, 36 hours before dying by suicide in his Los Angeles home this July.

    His wife, Talinda Bennington, took to Twitter this weekend to post the “most personal tweet” she’s ever shared: a video of her late husband laughing.

    The 40-second footage featured a cheerful Chester playing a game with his children.

    “This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death,” wrote Talinda. “He loved us SO much & we loved him.”

    After spinning to see what jelly bean flavor he had to eat, Chester cringed as his fate fell upon “rotten egg.” A brief second after having a taste, he playfully spit out the candy and busted up laughing.

    Between his big smile and the infectious giggles in the background, the father seemed to be in high spirits.

    But that couldn’t have been further from the truth. Less than two days later, the singer took his own life.

    So why post something like this?

    “So that you know that depression doesn’t have a face or a mood,” wrote Talinda, who shared another smiling photo of her late husband earlier this month.


    Twitter

    “This was days b4 my husband took his own life,” she tweeted. “Suicidal thoughts were there, but you’d never know.”

    The grieving wife has taken Chester’s death incredibly hard, as he left behind not only her, but their three young children as well.

    “I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero—their Daddy,” the 40-year-old widow told PEOPLE one week after the tragedy. “We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy. How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul?”

    But she now aims to redirect her pain to help others who are silently suffering from depression behind the mask of a happy face, making her life mission to “rise by lifting others.”

    “May God Bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain,” said Talinda in a public statement. “Chester would’ve wanted us to do so. Rest In Peace, my love.”


    If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental illness, please know you are not alone. Suicide is completely preventable. There is hope. PLEASE reach out if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, or fear that someone you love might be.

    If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or text “START” to 741-741.

    Read more: http://faithit.com/chester-bennington-wife-shares-video-laughing-before-suicide/

    Obama Goes From White House to Wall Street in Less Than One Year

    Hillary Clinton says she made a mistake when she gave speeches on Wall Street after leaving government. Taking money from banks, she writes in her new memoir, created the impression she was in their pocket.

    Her old boss doesn’t seem to share her concern.

    Last month, just before her book “What Happened” was published, Barack Obama spoke in New York to clients of Northern Trust Corp. for about $400,000, a person familiar with his appearance said. Last week, he reminisced about the White House for Carlyle Group LP, one of the world’s biggest private equity firms, according to two people who were there. Next week, he’ll give a keynote speech at investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald LP’s health-care conference.

    Obama is coming to Wall Street less than a year after leaving the White House, following a path that’s well trod and well paid. While he can’t run for president, he continues to be an influential voice in a party torn between celebrating and vilifying corporate power. His new work with banks might suggest which side of the debate he’ll be on and disappoint anyone expecting him to avoid a trap that snared Clinton. Or, as some of his executive friends see it, he’s just a private citizen giving a few paid speeches to other successful people while writing his next book.

    “He was the president of the entire United States — financial services are under that umbrella,” said former UBS Group AG executive Robert Wolf, an early supporter who joined the Obama Foundation board this year. “He doesn’t look at Wall Street like, ‘Oh, these are individuals who don’t want the best for the country.’ He doesn’t stereotype.”

    Fat Cats

    Since leaving office, Obama has delivered public and private speeches that are “true to his values,” Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for the former president, said in an email. “His paid speeches in part have allowed President Obama to contribute $2 million to Chicago programs offering job training and employment opportunities to low-income youth.”

    Obama’s relationship with Wall Street hasn’t always been good. Bankers still boil over with rage about him, wincing over his 2009 line about fat cats as if the wounds were fresh. But his Justice Department prosecuted no major bankers for their roles in the financial crisis, and he resisted calls to break up the biggest banks, signing a regulatory overhaul that annoyed them with new rules but didn’t stop them from pulling in record profits.

    The brokerage and investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald isn’t one of those giants. S&P Global Ratings announced this year that the New York-based firm’s debt grades could be cut to junk. Cantor’s investment banking division is run by health-care specialist Sage Kelly, who left Jefferies Group after divorce-case accusations became salacious tabloid fodder in 2014. His ex-wife later apologized for the storm caused by the claims, which he had denied.

    Cantor Chief Executive Officer Howard Lutnick, whose firm lost more than 600 people in the Sept. 11 attacks, said the former president will make remarks and take questions. The three-day conference for current and prospective clients begins Sept. 25. Obama will be paid about $400,000, according to a person familiar with the arrangement.

    “Everybody would like to come,” Lutnick said. “Hopefully, we will really talk about the Affordable Care Act in interesting and nuanced ways, which I think is really cool.”

    Private Island

    Obama’s appearance at the Carlyle conference in Washington was previously unreported. The private equity giant has enjoyed some of the best political connections in the world, with executives and advisers who have included former presidents, prime ministers and cabinet secretaries. Obama discussed his life and the decisions he made in the White House, the people who heard him said. A spokesman for the firm wouldn’t comment.

    The ex-president has been busy. His foundation is raising money for a library in Chicago, and he and his wife signed a book deal with Penguin Random House after an auction that went above $60 million, according to the Financial Times. He spoke about food in Milan, democracy in Jakarta and himself at an A&E Television Networks event in New York. He vacationed in California and Hawaii and on Richard Branson’s Necker Island with its billionaire owner.

    Obama has picked private equity, hedge fund, venture capital and banking veterans to oversee his foundation, and an alumnus of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to advise him on investments.

    Northern Trust is a bank that specializes in wealth management for rich families and services for big funds. The event had gone unreported, but a program accessible on the firm’s website lists Obama alongside executives from Microsoft Corp., IBM and Michael Bloomberg, majority owner of Bloomberg LP.

    Northern Trust, based in Chicago, gave Obama a discount on a $1.32 million loan for a mansion in that city in 2005, after he was elected to the Senate, the Washington Post reported. The rate was changed to account for an offer from another lender, a spokesman for Obama said three years later. Doug Holt, a spokesman for Northern Trust, wouldn’t comment for this story.

    Imperial Ballroom

    Obama is getting advice on investments from Robbie Robinson, who’s on leave from BDT & Co., according to a person familiar with the arrangement. That Chicago-based firm works with wealthy families and is run by Byron Trott. Both bankers worked for Goldman Sachs.

    Obama has known executives there for more than a decade. He spoke at the 2006 Goldman Sachs partners’ meeting in Chicago. Then a senator, he appeared between Hank Paulson and Warren Buffett in the Fairmont hotel’s Imperial Ballroom, an event program shows.

    Both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump blasted Clinton for her lucrative Goldman Sachs speeches, and the issue is still raw. Sanders and fellow Senator Elizabeth Warren have tried to pry the Democratic Party away from its coziness with Wall Street. If Obama is hoping the party will be a big tent with room for corporate giants, they may stand in his way.

    Obama’s donor friends tend to mention the same reason when they defend his Wall Street speeches, saying he’s no longer president and not running for office. Morgan Stanley Vice Chairman Tom Nides is one of them.

    “I love Barack Obama, and if someone is willing to pay him to give a speech, God bless America,” said Nides, a deputy secretary of state under Clinton in Obama’s administration.

    Revolving Door

    But Jeff Hauser, who studies political corruption as head of the Revolving Door Project in Washington, said Obama should play by the same rules as other politicians because of his ongoing work with the Democratic Party.

    “He’s continuing to exercise the authority,” Hauser said, citing Obama’s support for the party’s redistricting committee and the push he gave Tom Perez in the race to head the Democratic National Committee. If he wants to play a role, “he ought to forgo a few hundred thousand here and maybe a half-million there.”

    Few leaders have left the top of the U.S. government recently and resisted the lure of corporate money. Former Vice President Al Gore is a director at Apple Inc. and a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the venture capital firm whose chairman, John Doerr, is on the Obama Foundation’s board. Dan Quayle, another ex-vice president, has spent almost two decades with private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP. Trump’s White House has lost officials so quickly that Sean Spicer has already made arrangements to speak to a financial firm this year.

    “Not everyone’s going to be a Jimmy Carter, who does purely good works after he gets out,” said Sean Coffey, a Democratic donor who chairs the complex litigation group at corporate law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP. Obama is used to being criticized, the attorney added. “I don’t think getting any grief for doing this is going to bother him at all.”

      Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-18/obama-goes-from-white-house-to-wall-street-in-less-than-one-year

      How Hustling Only Makes You Tired, Not Rich (9 Ways To Kill The Game)

      Ali Kaukas

      The most damaging mentality I have ever had as a business woman and entrepreneur is “No Pain, No gain.”

      I wish that somebody would have told me, “Struggling is a choice” when I was building my business three years ago.

      Does building a business take time, have a process, take energy, have moments of scarcity followed by exhales of being supported?

      Am I here to say, “Start a business, set an intention, and then sit on the couch and you will get a million dollars while watching reruns of Breaking Bad on Netflix?”

      No.

      However, many of us choose to struggle in our businesses rather than work intelligently.

      Here are 8 tips that have helped me to kill the game and not kill myself by doing it all:

      1. You Cannot Afford To Not Have An Assistant.

      I jumped on a call with a lawyer 6 months ago and when I asked him how his day was he replied, “To be honest, I just started my own practice recently and today I spent 2 hours trying to teach myself how to use this invoicing service. It was frustrating.”

      “Lets say for a moment you make $500 USD an hour. My assistant costs me $27 dollars an hour. She could set up your invoicing system in less than an hour, and then it would take her 5 minutes to send an invoice for you. While she does that you could have worked with clients for two hours and made $1000 USD. You would make over $975 USD today by hiring somebody to help you do the things you could teach yourself how to do, but don’t need to do.

      The first week I hired my assistant to help me with my emails and work, I went on a day trip to a surf break in California and surfed for 3 hours and took a nap.

      She gave me back 10 hours of my life in that week, and the week after, and my invoice at the end of the month was $337 CAD.

      2. Of course You Can Teach Yourself, But For Fuck Sakes, Just Hire Somebody.

      An artist and friend of mine one said, “Janne, there are mine fields that you will hit as an entrepreneur. And you can either walk across and get blown up or you can hire somebody who knows how to walk across and not get blown up.”

      I know so many people who try to teach themselves how to build their own websites.

      It takes them eons (weeks or months), and they get discouraged and procrastinate.

      My first basic template website cost me $100 USD and it was done in 48 hours.

      Hiring people to do the things you suck at, or don’t know how to do is a strength, not a weakness.

      Fuck teaching yourself how to do everything—use your time, energy and creativity to do the things you love and are strong at.

      3. Get Your Car Detailed And Your House Cleaned.

      For a period of “busy” in my business I sucked at boundaries.

      I could work for 10-15 hours a day, non stop.

      I wouldn’t take time to cook, or eat. My house was a mess. My car was a mess.

      I let the landslide of my busy topple over my personal self care and basic needs.

      I now pay a service to drop of my lunch and dinner on my doorstep so that I am nourished, healthy and happy no matter how busy my days are.

      It costs around $120 USD for the week.

      I get my house cleaned twice a month.

      I have somebody come to my house and clean my jeep twice a month—I leave the keys in the mailbox and money in the glove box.

      It takes time and energy to build a business but your body, health and personal life doesn’t need to pay.

      While my house or jeep is cleaned, I can work and an hour of my time pays for the cleaning for the next month/

      This isn’t extravagant or luxurious—this is working intelligently, and knowing how to spend money to lovingly take care of myself.

      It also puts money in the bank for two humans every month—win, win, win.

      4. Work Intelligently: 80/20 Business Theory.

      The 80/20 theory was first introduced by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who in 1906 observed that 80% of Italy’s land was controlled by 20% of its population.

      The 80-20 rule is a rule of thumb that states that 80% of outcomes can be attributed to 20% of all causes for a given event. In business, the 80-20 is often used to point out that 80% of a company’s revenue is generated by 20% of its total customers.

      Therefor technically 20% of your work/clients can produce 80% of your income.

      My take on this, is that many of us do 80% of the work, for 20% of the money.

      Many artists and businesses starting out work with a large handful of clients to make a rather small amount of money.

      We call it growing pains and “establishing ourselves” and believe there is value in getting our name out there and that “everybody struggles like this while building a business”.

      That because you’re a healer or work in wellness you can work for free building experience.

      Ra-Ra, horseshit.

      Rewind a few years ago.

      I am writing 14-17 articles a month making $50- $100 USD dollars an article.

      I believe that I am fucking blessed to be getting paid anything as a writer in an online world, which, has some truth to it for when we moved from print to online publications adopted the belief that followers pay the rent (they don’t, shitheads).

      I quit my crutch jobs, and was relying just on my writing income.

      Without my serving and interning jobs, I was suddenly making around $600-$1000 CAD a month and couldn’t afford to live in Canada.

      So I got creative and decided to sublet my cabin out, and go work at a butterfly garden work exchange in Costa Rica where I could work in exchange for food and board.

      Half the time I cleaned up caterpillar poop and hunted geckos in the garden and the other half of the time I worked reception and wrote articles like mad at the front desk.

      This allowed me to survive and continue to follow my dreams.

      Eventually I was over giving my energy to anything other than my business and decided it had been a good in between but it still wasn’t the answer.

      I flew to Colorado on my way home to Canada and had the most important cup of coffee I’ve ever had.

      That same day I had that cup of coffee, I had a meeting with an owner of a publication that was cancelled.

      In that meeting I was meant to have I was planning on asking to write monogamously for one publication for $1500 USD a month. I thought this amount was generous of them, and I thought this was truly my worth.

      Some of my big hits/articles and poems at the time had between 400,000 and 1,000,000 views.

      I had no idea what my worth and value was and this chance coffee shifted that for me in a big way.

      Over that cup of coffee, I told the woman I was meeting I was charging $50-$100 an article and she spit her coffee out.

      “What?” she asked.

      I then told her what I was about to pitch this publication.

      “Don’t you dare ask for $1500 a month. You are worth a minimum, a minimum of $250 USD an article. Go for a hike, set an intention of how much money you want to make and know that you are everything you need, without anybody to make that happen.”

      I hiked a mountain and decided that $4000 a month was thriving for me. It was an unheard of amount of money in my brain—insurmountable at the time and daunting. I almost felt greedy.

      I remember standing at the top of this hike with my phone calculator looking at that number.

      I decided that I wanted to charge $250-$500 USD an article.

      I went home and wrote, “I am supported by what I love. Abundance flows effortlessly into my life. I am worthy of $4000 a month.”

      I changed my prices and over that week, I lost all my clients that I had built over the last year.

      All of them.

      I questioned if I was mad.

      I stressed, was filled with anxiety.

      Then I got an email from a man asking me to be the voice of his company. It was vague and kind of esoteric and I gave him shit on his third email for not being direct enough with me on what he wanted.

      He wanted me to write content for his website.

      I asked for $2000 USD a month, to write 4 articles a month (I wanted to ask for a $1000).

      Then I signed up with another publication for $1000 USD a month for 4 articles a month.

      And a third for 2 articles a month for a year at $500 USD.

      I was suddenly, within weeks, making $4000 CAD a month.

      I transitioned to 3 clients writing 10 articles a month that gave me my income I was previously making X 4, from writing for 7-9 clients, writing 14-17 articles a month making ¼ of the money.

      This is my version of the 80/20 theory.

      Instead of working with 8 client’s night and day and making peanuts, find your 2 clients/projects that can pay you 80% of the revenue for 20% of the work.

      Then, do this often—do it every 3 months, do it every ____ clients.

      5. For Fuck Sakes, Change Your Prices As You Grow.

      I met a massage therapist on a float plane this week who told me she had been charging the same rates for over 6 years.

      “You haven’t even changed them, like, $5?” I asked.

      “No, the average rate for massage therapists here is $90-100 dollars.”

      “If I told you that there was an acupuncturist that charged $50 an hour, or $250 an hour. Who do you think is better?”

      “The one who charges $250.00.”

      “Exactly.”

      We are so afraid to charge more than what everybody else is, but we choose our worth and other people pay what they believe they are worth.

      And the fucked up thing, is that many of us think that if something is more expensive, that it’s better.

      Not always the case, but undervaluing ourselves is not doing ourselves any favours just like not shifting our prices to mirror our experience isn’t either.

      When I doubled my rates for my life mentoring program one of my clients replied, “There is no value I can put on the work we have done together. Thank you.”

      When you change your rates, you will loose clients. But the people who truly want to work with you will expect to make an investment for they will know your worth.

      The question is, do you know your worth? And are you charging it?

      6. Work Less. Way Less.

      I work 6 days a month mentoring clients for 80% of my income. My work days on those 6 days a month are 4-5 hours long. The rest of the month I write, surf 2 hours a day, do yoga 4 days a week, go on adventures, teach myself how to run my business, work with my team, kiss men with ponytails, wear leather pants and get down to the saxophone.

      We are not here to work to work to work to die.

      We aren’t.

      There was a stage in building my business where I hustled and built connections with publications that had large followings and an audience so that when my work went viral, said audience followed me which now leads to revenue with cultural influencer jobs, clients, public speaking opportunities etc. etc. however, I truly believe that I choose to struggle unnecessarily for a few years of that.

      I choose that because I grew up wired to believe that good people couldn’t have lots of money, and that artists had to starve and work a second job.

      I wish I would have hired an assistant a year and a half ago.

      I wish I would have changed my prices eons before I did so I could have just lived in Canada and written from my cabin, instead of vacating to try and survive in the jungle.

      It looked exotic and like I was some privileged white bitch getting a sexy tan swimming with turtles drinking fresh coconuts, but in reality—I couldn’t afford first world.

      I truly believe that we sometimes choose to struggle by not charging our worth, not having boundaries (taking jobs for less than we are worth), not hiring a team, not delegating, and not investing in ourselves.

      Working hard is for assholes who still live in the system—we are building a new system.

      7. Fuck Bro Rates. Quit Working For Free

      I had a friend who approached me to write for his publication and when we hopped on Skype he asked me, “What are your rates?”

      I said, “$450-650 USD an article. But sometimes if I am building a long term relationship with a publication I will charge less.”

      He said, “Fuck that, Janne. I don’t want a bro rate. I used to own a shop, and give bro rates all the time. I know that only one bro benefits.”

      My friends pay full price for mentoring calls with me. Even a woman who has paid me for the last year pays my full rates to work with me.

      People don’t value free shit, and your time also isn’t free.

      A story that has always, always stuck in my brain was from one of my business mentors a few years ago.

      At one point in his life he was doing body work as a profession. He had one client who was really struggling financially. He could tell that her and her daughter were getting pretty close to having to live out of their car. He would feel extreme guilt whenever she would pay him. One day he called someone in his trade and explained what was happening.

      She cut him off mid sentence and said, “Don’t you dare lower your prices for them.”

      [ How many of you thought cold, heartless bitch?]

      “If you lower your prices you continue to enable them to exist as victims/where they are. You don’t give them an opportunity to grow.”

      He didn’t change his prices. He also noted that when she showed up for her sessions, she showed up and had great takeaways from his work. More so than people who had millions in the bank. She derived great value in what she was paying for, likely more so, because she was making sacrifices to be able to show up and do the work.

      Shortly after she wasn’t on the streets, and things got better financially.

      I believe that sometimes committing to things and pushing ourselves to grow with extra expenses is what creates a context that allows us to thrive and expand.

      8. Take 2 Full Days Off A Week.

      You know what hustle, hustle, hustle gets you?

      Burn out.

      Intelligent business owners do not check their emails at 1 am.

      They do not sleep with their face attached to their phones because they trust that if they walk away from their business for a few days, nothing will fall apart beyond repair.

      We must trust that we have spent time building the embers of the fire of our business and that it is burning so hot that if we leave the house for a moment, or pass somebody else the poking stick that it will be alive when we return.

      And that when we come back all we have to do is throw a small log on and it will burst into an even bigger flame.

      Not trusting your business is the worst thing you can do.

      Take time totally fucking off, and those emails can wait until whenever your “Monday” is.

      You Are The Big Break.

      In my first year starting my business I had a ridiculously flattering job offer from a big ass company I dreamed about as a kid. It not only was a reputable company that would put me on the map, but it had 5 zeros on the paper when my income as a writer at that point had 4 zeros.

      There was one catch—I needed a visa in 10 days.

      You know what kind of donkey can pull a visa out of their ass in 10 days?

      No one.

      I slaved and barley slept trying to make it happen talking to immigration lawyers until the wee hours of the AM.

      I couldn’t get the visa and I was devastated to give up the gig because I thought it was my big break.
      Later I would find out from my talent manager that gigs like this one usually come 6-12 months in advance so that one can prepare within a respectful amount of time to make all the shit happen.

      This job offer was great, but it didn’t have a loving amount of time for me to be prepared and wasn’t realistic.

      I no longer accept last minute job offers that require me to flail, because they aren’t loving.

      I don’t care if Oprah emails me to come on her show on a Friday, if I am off my emails—I will get back to her on Monday and if that’s too late for her, well she can find somebody else.

      Nobody is the big break— you are the big break.

      These are 8 ways I kill the game daily, and some of the story behind how I built my own system—a system that is loving to my well being, boundaries and bank.

      I don’t believe you need to work hard to be a success, I believe that you need to work intelligently to be happy and that is a choice you make.

      Read more: https://thoughtcatalog.com/janne-robinson/2017/01/how-hustling-only-makes-you-tired-not-rich-9-ways-to-kill-the-game/