Five Maps and Charts That Tell the Story of 2018

For 5 maps click here.

The commentary on the maps is short and easy to understand. It will enhance your understanding of geopolitics on the world stage.

I believe that Map #3 that demonstrates the price of oil will probably average below $60 per barrel may be the most important for the USA.

Henry Luke 1/15/2018

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Rapid City Celebrates Strongest Construction Year

January 2018

Rapid City Celebrates Strongest Construction Year

RAPID CITY | The Rapid City Economic Development Partnership is celebrating myriad major projects that contributed to the strongest construction year for the city on record.
Among the major projects at or near completion are Black Hills Energy’s new $70 million multi-state corporate headquarters at Horizon Point, Black Hills Federal Credit Union’s near-$19 million corporate offices on North Plaza Drive, Regional Health’s new $55 million orthopedics and sports medicine facility at Buffalo Crossing, and RPM Innovation’s new $7.35 million building, at 500 Turbine Drive off Elk Vale in the Rushmore Business Park.
“There are developmental benefits to all of these big projects,” said Benjamin Snow, president of the Rapid City Economic Development Partnership. “The story of Black Hills Federal Credit Union and Black Hills Energy speak to our community’s continued expansion, each entity leaving a smaller shell to move into a larger one. I like to refer to as the hermit crab concept. The same thing has happened with all of the car dealerships who have relocated to exit 60 on the freeway.
“For us, it’s actually a good thing in the big picture because it represents growth, allowing other organizations to move into those vacated downtown locations,” Snow added. “These provide opportunities for someone to move into larger downtown facilities and they represent overall economic growth in the community. It just so happens that downtown Rapid City has experienced a renaissance over the past 10 years and this is the new wave in improvements with new tenants moving to these sites.”
Construction on Black Hills Energy’s new headquarters, located at 7001 Mount Rushmore Road, began in fall 2015, and consolidated employees from five separate locations in Rapid City to its new facilities. Since 2005, the company has added more than 300 corporate support jobs, and currently serves 1.25 million electric and natural gas customers in eight states.
According to Black Hills Energy, the new 225,000-square-foot building will accommodate some 750 employees, but is designed with the option of adding a third wing in the future.
Construction continues on Black Hills Federal Credit Union’s new corporate headquarters in Fountain Springs. The project began in June and, when completed in 2018, the 110,000-square-foot, three-story addition will provide office space for the credit union’s support services.
Regional Health’s new 114,850-square-foot Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute at Buffalo Crossing broke ground in June and remains under construction. The 10-acre site is located at the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 16 and Catron Boulevard and the new facility will enhance athletic and sports performance while promoting and restoring the physical abilities of patients, according to Regional Health.

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The Topeka Community Foundation is launching an initiative to address community health, taking on a leadership role to coordinate and collaborate with local organizations.

Marsha Pope, TCF president, said the nonprofit had been through a period of self-examination after she became president in March 2016. She spent 90 days visiting with business and nonprofit leaders, as well as donors. For more click here.

Henry Luke 1/7/2017

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Report: U.S. Gives Israel Green Light to Assassinate Iranian General Soleimani

Al Jarida, a Kuwaiti newspaper which in recent years had broken exclusive stories from Israel, says Israel was ‘on the verge’ of assassinating Soleimani, but the U.S. warned Tehran and thwarted the operation

Read more here.

Henry Luke 1/7/2018

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Viera diverging diamond interchange (DDI) project.

In November 2017, tractors and bulldozers arrived near the intersection of Viera Boulevard and Interstate 95, marking the beginning of the controversial diverging diamond interchange (DDI) project.

Land preparation for the $17 million DDI, which has an estimated completion date of Spring 2019, signals the first phase of development. The Viera Company is contributing $2.5 million toward the project

 For source, picture of interchange and more information click here

Henry Luke 12/26/2017

 

 

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Noncitizens are actually far more likely to commit serious crimes than Americans are.

According to statistics from the U.S. Sentencing Commission, noncitizens are actually far more likely to commit serious crimes than Americans are. Noncitizens account for 22% of federal murder convictions, 18% of fraud convictions, 33% of money laundering convictions, 29% of drug trafficking convictions and 72% of convictions for drug possession. The noncitizen percentage of the American population is about 7%. For source click here.

Henry Luke 12/24/2017

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Is ObamaCare Killing People?

 Is ObamaCare Killing People?

WSJ 11/16/2017 A new study suggests unintended—and fatal—consequences.

Former President Barack Obama and his advisers claimed that their 2010 health insurance law would create incentives to provide better and more efficient patient care. A new study suggests that one of their bright ideas has since gone disastrously wrong.

This week the Journal reports:

The Affordable Care Act required Medicare to penalize hospitals with high numbers of heart failure patients who returned for treatment shortly after discharge. New research shows that penalty was associated with fewer readmissions, but also higher rates of death among that patient group.

The researchers said the study results, being published in JAMA Cardiology, can’t show cause and effect, but “support the possibility that the [penalty] has had the unintended consequence of increased mortality in patients hospitalized with heart failure.”

The policy went into effect in October 2012 and the new study examines hospital readmission and mortality rates both before and after the penalties were in force. It’s just one study, generated by the experiences of 115,245 Medicare patients hospitalized for heart failure at 416 hospitals between 2006 and 2014. But the results are disturbing:

One in five heart failure patients returned to the hospital within 30 days before the ACA passed. That dropped to 18.4% after the penalties. Mortality rates increased from 7.2% before the ACA to 8.6% after the penalties, or about 5,400 additional deaths a year for Medicare beneficiaries not in managed care plans.

While doctors and researchers consider whether this particular Affordable Care Act policy is killing thousands of patients, the larger question is whether ObamaCare overall is making us less healthy. The implementation of the law has coincided with bad news on U.S. mortality and life expectancy.

Last month the Society of Actuaries reported:

The age-adjusted mortality rate for 2015 was 733.1 (per 100,000), an increase of 1.2% over the 2014 rate of 724.6. This was the first year-over-year increase in the age-adjusted U.S. mortality rates since 2005, and only the seventh year-over-year increase since 1980. In fact, the only other time since 1980 that an annual age-adjusted mortality rate increased by more than 1.0% was in 1993, when the rate increased 2.3% over the 1992 rate.

 

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