Mikal Watts’ Battle With Syngenta

Mikal Watts is a partner in San Antonio’s Watts Guerra. He is currently leading a team of legal professionals who are encouraging United States of America’s corn farmers to sue Switzerland for selling them a Genetically Modified corn seed. This seed has produced a crop that China will not import, forcing the United States to lose out on the money they depend on from corn export to China. This Swiss company is named Syngenta and is responsible for the loss of income from corn in 2013 and 2014.

Roughly 20 percent of all of the corn grown in the United States annually is exported for profit to such buyers as China. When China refused to buy the genetically modified corn sold to the United States from Syngenta, the United States lost billions of dollars. Even though not all corn for sale to China came from Syngenta, there was no way to separate it from the corn that was rendering the entire shipment a loss.

This is why Mikal Watts has proposed a legal battle to the corn farmers in the United States. He proposes that the farmers that experienced the financial burden due to Syngenta’s genetically modified corn seed come together and form a massive lawsuit. This would cover the loss that the United States experienced from the incident. Luckily for US farmers, Mikal Watts has extensive knowledge and experience in fighting agricultural battles.

Mikal Watts has extensive knowledge in law and agricultural battles. He graduated from University of Texas in 1987 with an undergraduate degree and University of Texas School of Law in 1989 at the ripe age of just 21. Upon graduation he took his place as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. From 1990 until 2009 he served as an important member in many very important firms. In 2009, Mikal Watts went on to join Francisco Guerra IV. Together they formed Watts Guerra LLP.

Can You Make Money Investing as a Day Trader?

Most people dream about the opportunity to be independently wealthy. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of individuals do little more than dream about living this way. Even though everyone wants to have the opportunity to have as much money as they need to live a life that they choose, it seems like more and more individuals are living in a situation where they barely have enough money to cover even the most basic of expenses. The problem is, everything is continuing to get more expensive and in some cases, it is virtually impossible to work enough hours to cover it all. This is when it is time to start thinking outside of the box and come up with viable solutions that can help you have more financial freedom without having to work yourself into an early grave. As discussed on Mashable, Igor Cornelsen and many other people are beginning to utilize is day trading.

You might be wondering what day trading is even all about. Essentially, it is a form of investing that allows you to invest money on a day to day basis from your computer. You can do this from home or virtually anywhere else that you have a computer and an Internet connection. Day trading requires you to invest in stocks on a short-term basis. The entire point is to have more money in your account by the end of the day than you did when when you started. It requires that you watch stocks very closely, purchase them at exactly the right time and then sell them whenever you can make a profit. While you are actively participating in it, it can be a time consuming method but it can also pay huge dividends if you do it right.

A lot of people have tried their hand at day trading and some of them have been quite successful. Unfortunately, others have failed miserably. In order to do it correctly, you have to have at least a rudimentary understanding of stocks and how the stock market works. Along with that knowledge, you also need to make sure that you are only investing money that you can afford to lose. If you are struggling to put food on the table, then it is vitally important that you take care of your basic needs before you spend any money on investing. However, if you have been working to set some money aside, it might be the perfect time to see whether or not you have a natural ability when it comes to day trading.

Bonn Óir Vodka Takes Texas Market By Storm

Irelands newest import: Bonn Óir Irish-American Vodka

While the preferred spirit of Ireland may still be whiskey, Bonn Óir aims to intrigue palates with their new “Irish Vodka.”  As mentioned in the presser published by Street Insider, the family owned and operated O’Shevlin Importing Company has partnered with Goody Goody in an effort to distribute its product across the Houston and Fort Worth, Texas metropolitan areas.
In 1916, Philip Joseph O’Shevlin II came to America with little more than his vodka recipe, and a dream to manufacture and distribute the “purest” vodka in the world. Nearly 100 years later, Mr. O’Shevlin’s recipe is finally making its way to the consumers. With the financial backing of Marc Sparks of Timber Creek Capital, Dan O’Shevlin was able to make his grandfather’s dream become reality.
Currently, the vodka is available in 16 locations across Texas, and Dan O’Shevlin is excited to continue the growth in partnership with Goody Goody: “Goody Goody is exactly the kind of business we can identify with as we grow”. Bonn Óir Gold Medal Vodka will be available in both 750 ml and 50 ml bottles. The vodka is reasonably priced in comparison to other artisanal spirits with the 750 ml bottle’s suggested retail price of only $29.99. Look for Bon Óir in bars, restaurants, and hotels in the Houston and Fort Worth metro areas.

‘Oh I’m a lucky man’ says Andy Wirth — and Eddie Vedder’s advice inspires: ‘let’s just breathe’

In the fall of 2013, Andy Wirth and a few other extreme adventurers – professional skiers and BASE jumpers J. T. Holmes and Timy Dutton and other friends arranged to jump in Davis, California, and finding the zone at Davis was closed for weather conditions on Sunday, October 13, 2013 – they moved the jump to nearby Lodi. On that fateful day, there was a perfect storm of mishaps, creating a very bad situation that would call upon every mental, physical, and emotional resource available to Andy Wirth. In a dangerous and unexpected headwind, he was forced to make an emergency landing in a vineyard strewn with wires and poles that tore away his right arm.

As he lay there – all alone and fading fast – he saw that he was bleeding profusely from his brachial artery, and had only scant minutes left if he did nothing. He couldn’t tie a tourniquet with only one hand, so he made use of his own fist instead, to stop the bleeding, despite the pain, which saved his life. In his mind, playing in the background now – over and over – were the lyrics of the Pearl Jam song, “Just Breathe.”

As he notes himself, that song provided spiritual direction, as it kept running in the background. In the foreground – through the power of those lyrics – he was also able to sustain a stunning vision of his three children and his wife, Karen. He drew great strength from that vision, finding the peace of mind to breathe slowly, in and out – ‘just breathe’ – as he waited calmly for 30 minutes, until the rescue team arrived.

The same force that puts the ‘dare’ in dare-devil is probably based largely on an informed, rational decision. It is an abundance of training and discipline and the ability to fix the mind one-pointedly on the task at hand that allows someone to accept great challenges. In this case, that also saved the day for this relatively young man that afternoon, and for anyone bold enough to follow the narrative in any of the cliff-hanging re-tellings of his riveting tale – that are easily accessible online, there are any number of valuable lessons.

One of the most useful observations has been his capacity to calmly reflect upon his situation – rationally and deliberately – as if it were happening to another person. This is what saved him.
Not the least of the ‘reasons’ he was able to do this, perhaps, was recalling that Eddie Vedder song – as performed by Pearl Jam or as performed by Wirth himself on a lone guitar, as one of his wife’s favorites – that played itself over and over: Just Breathe.

This particular song embraces the contemplation of one’s own mortality – celebrating a life of having loved – and been loved by others – that allowed for the kind of grace to flow from an inspired and well-crafted piece of music or from the majestic reality of the great outdoors.

It also demonstrates the respect for life that inspired Wirth to have been a volunteer firefighter, a member of the Hot Shot Wild Land Fire Crew based out of Northern New Mexico; or a to have been a back-country ranger in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area, in New Mexico. All this while being beloved in his community.

This spring, Andy Wirth and Squaw Valley Ski Holdings announced plans to build a gondola connecting Squaw Valley to Alpine Meadows, operating base-to-base in three parts: “starting at the bottom of Squaw Valley, up and over the ridge between the two mountains, and down to the bottom of Alpine Meadows.”

It’s clear that it’s more than luck that Andy Wirth can count on.

Iggy Vs. Britney in Pop Star Twitter War

Controversial rap sensation Iggy Azalea is taking aim at Britney Spears after their single “Pretty Girls” tanked on the charts.

In an exchange with fans on Twitter, Azalea tried to place the blame for the failure squarely on Spears’ shoulders. It’s “difficult to send a song up the charts without additional promo and tv performances,” she said, implying the song failed because Britney didn’t promote it enough. She went on to claim she’s “just featured” on the single, an attempt to downplay her part and deflect any blame that might fall on her.  According to Doe Deere, the Australian rapper went on to Tweet a snarky (and unprintable) remark defending herself.

Britney later threw some shade of her own. “Can’t wait to get back to Vegas,” she Tweeted. “So thankful I have shows for the rest of the year to look forward to…” Azalea, of course, had to cancel her upcoming “Great Escape” tour. She claimed it was because she needed a break, but most likely it was due to poor ticket sales.

Round one goes to Britney.

Caught in a Hoax

Current news and social media outlets are on fire when it comes to one NAACP member and President who has deceived everyone around her for a number of years.  Brad Reifler suggested that the news broke last week about Rachel Dolezal who kept up the appearance of being African American for a number of years. A few weeks ago, her parents went on Huffington Post Live to out Rachel and tell the world and their daughter’s colleagues that Rachel was not what she seemed. Members from different races took to the internet and newsrooms to sound off on what they thought of the situation. Many have taken to ostracizing Rachel while few are standing in her corner. For those who oppose what Dolezal has done, the problem isn’t with the perception of how she sees herself, rather, how much she deceived everyone around her.

Those who are in support of Rachel are trying to understand why she did what she did instead of criticizing it. Rachel came from a very rough background and spent years waiting to get away from the same pair of parents who revealed her secret. Those who don’t understand what Rachel went through are upset at the possibility that her deception got Rachel the position in the community that she had. Dolezal wasn’t just the President of her local NAACP, she was also the chair of a police oversight committee that would monitor fair treatment during investigation. Since the outbreak of this news, Dolezal has resigned as NAACP president and chair of the police oversight committee. Dolezal is expected to release a statement sometime this week in response to the media’s questions.

Not Always About the Profit

A marketing agency in Costa Rica is using their own advertising space to empower female entrepreneurs in their area with their personal logos and business ideas. A developing village in the Central American country is full of women who are constantly struggling to make end’s meat. A telecommunications firm in Claro has taken a step into ensuring that their struggle doesn’t last for too long.

The company has taken down their logos on the rooftop satellite dishes and has given that space to women to advertise everything from selling ice cream, to coconuts, and even styling hair. Data from the telecommunications firm CipherCloud has noted that this advertising play is playing off not only for the company, but also for the women and their expertise. One of the women noted how much pride she gets in being able to run her own business. Where she’s from the men are seen as being the only business abled adults in the village. With this chance that the advertising agency has given her, she can prove that women can do just as well as men. Economic inequality is also being curbed thanks to the rise in business and advertisement. Citizens in the village have stabilized economically and have been given a bright future thanks to the telecommunications company. The entrepreneurs are planning on using their success from their businesses to help inspire other men and women who have dreams of owning their own.

The True Benefits of Beneful As Said By Their Own Employees

Purina is with their new national campaign that shows the pride they have in themselves and in their product and pets. Beneful Brand Dog Food is broadcasting pride in their food by featuring their own employees in ads explaining why they feed it to their own dogs.  This was first reported by BizJournals.com.

A few Purina associates and their pets appear in the commercial and present the faith and trust they have in feeding Beneful to members of their own family. Operations Performance Manager Tom states, After working here, there is no other food I would feed my pets.” Brandon, an ingredient loader, says, “There are no shortcuts. We go above and beyond to make sure you have top-quality dog food. My dog loves it.”

Purina’s Vice President of Dog Food Marketing, Juli Plassmeyer revealed the idea for the new campaign, “I Stand Behind Beneful” came from internal pride and was so strong, it was decided to be shared.

Print and digital advertising will be used alongside the TV commercial,all featuring the Atlanta associates and their precious pets.

Plassmeyer says, “Nobody cares more about pets than Purina, and there’s something very powerful when our own people say- ‘I make Beneful dog food, I feed Beneful to my pets, and I’m proud to work for Purina.’”

The class action lawsuit was filed in February and was dismissed with unwarranted and false allegations that placed a product that has never been subject to recall in jeopardy. In 2014 1.5 billion Purina Beneful meals were enjoyed by 15 million healthy dogs.

Social Media Help Teens Stop Smoking

According to a new study published by the Oxford Journals teenagers who are using social media as a tool when they try to stop smoking are twice as likely to quit and stay off the cigarettes compared to teenagers who are not using social media in their fight against tobacco.  This makes sense to Daniel Amen considering the support structure that this allows teens to create.

The research points towards a few different reasons in explaining this difference first of all it has been known for a long time that teenagers are more easily affected by peer pressure and when their friends and family pushes them to stop they are more likely to do so. Second the study suggest that there is comfort to be found in other people who are also trying to stop the study indicates that groups on social media sites can function much like the classical support groups that have weekly meetings in town halls, the only difference is that these groups are of the virtual kind.
A third reason might be that teenagers feel that they need to live up to what they have told others to achieve, when they write on a social media site that they are going to quit smoking they create accountability for themselves and everyone knows if they fail.

There needs to be more research done in order to find the exact cause of the increased success rate but for know we can just be glad that it works.

Indiana Now Has Bacon Scented Lotto Tickets

The Indiana lottery system has come up with a fun an unique idea for their prize system. In fact, it will remind many people of the days back when scratch n sniff stickers were the hit thing and they will be making scratch in sniff lottery tickets that smell like bacon. And even more than that, there will be bacon related prizes! According to an article found on reddit and written by Eater.com, there are some big wins that people can get such as a 20 year supply of the delicious breakfast meat.

If that doesn’t suit the winner’s fancy, there will also be cash prizes like $10,000 for some and if those who win the bacon don’t like to eat it or don’t want that much yummy stuff, then they can take a cash prize of $5,000 instead. In any case it is a very interesting idea to get people interested in purchasing the tickets. They debuted on June 2nd and will sell for $2 apiece, and the idea was such a good one that other states are considering doing the same thing starting sometime next year in January of 2016. I think that since bacon is such a trendy thing these days it is probably a really good idea, especially since there is a craze for it. Sam Tabar doesn’t know how popular it will be right off the bat. It will be interesting to hear about the first winner of a couple decades supply.