Monthly Archives: July 2018

Lacey and Larkin’s Battle for the First Amendment

On Friday April 6th, veteran newspaper founder, writer, and half of the duo that began the infamous Backpage, Micheal Lacey, was set to celebrate his wedding at his home in Paradise Valley. Just as festivities were commencing, FBI agents stormed the Lacey residence, in what would be said was an invasion fit for the likes of a serial killer or organized crime leader, and not of a 48 year veteran of the newspaper industry. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter

The other half of Backpage, Jim Larkin, also faced federal raids and arrest on the same day, along with Lacey, and a home owned by Lacey in Sedona was raided as well. The duo faced a federal indictment due to Backpage’s support of their Adult listings section, which has been said by critics to be nothing more than a ‘online brothel’.

The indictment included 93 separate counts, and involved seven names, though Lacey and Larkin were the only two made public initially. In addition to the indictments, raids, and arrests, the FBI also took down Backpage’s online residence.

Paul Cambria, Lacey’s criminal defense attorney, blatantly labeled the federal shutdown of Backpage as direct journalistic censorship. Cambria, who once represented Hollywood Hustler founder, and porn mogul Larry Flint, has a long history of defending clients who’s First Amendment rights have been infringed.

On the 9th of April, the indictment was made available online, and included not only the names of Lacey and Larkin, but several Backpage Executives. it was also revealed that Scott Spear, John Brunst, and Jim Larkin were charged with money laundering, while Spear and Larkin also faced facilitating prostitution and conspiracy charges. There are no sex trafficking charges mentioned.

This information is pertinent considering the allegations of Cindy McCain, wife of Senator John McCain, chair holder of a place on the Arizona Governor’s Human Trafficking Council and staunch opposer of Backpage.

In speaking to the Arizona Republic following the indictments, McCain was said to be overjoyed by the news of the shutdown, and said she had heard that Backpage offices had been raided and the website had been shutdown without providing a source for her information.

In the same interview, McCain says both herself and others had urged Lacey and Larkin to change their ways, but that the two had ‘wanted no part of it’. McCain has long advocated that Backpage ‘sold children for sex’ without any kind of evidence to support her claims, comparing consensual adult prostitution with child sex trafficking. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Village Voice Media | Wikepedia

This is not be the first time that Lacey, Larkin, and the McCains have crosses paths, however. While Lacey and Larkin owned the Phoenix New Times, a paper they had launched in 1970 as college dropouts, the news outlet had repeatedly reported on the McCain’s misdeeds.

One such article, a 2000 cover story named ‘Haunted by Spirits’ details Senator McCain’s reliance on his wife’s inherited fortune from her father’s distributorship for Anheuser-Busch.

Another, the ’94 release ‘Opiate for the Mrs.’ detailed Cindy McCain’s addiction to Vicodin and Percocet, and the allegation that she had been using her own non-profit, American Voluntary Medical Team, an organization setup to fly doctors and supplies to third world and war torn countries, as a personal pharmacy.

With this information brought to light, it’s easy to see how Lacey and Larkin, and all of the Backpage indictments, could be nothing more than a morally corrupt senator’s wife vying for revenge.

Artist Ann Scango’s Thoughts on the Need for Increased Art Education

Living in Texas artist Ann Scango is the founder and operator of the Scango Collection. An art gallery the Scango Collection exclusively features works by female artists. An artist herself Ann Scango whose name is well known in Texas creates 2 and 3D artworks. Her mediums are both human-made and occur in nature. To create a piece she might combine polyurethane foam with sticks and dirt or whatever else she finds around her home city of Austin. Scango sees her gallery as an expression of her passions art, the empowerment of women, conscious pieces of art, and the environment.

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Not surprisingly, Ann Scango is concerned about the lack of emphasis schools place on art education. She recently wrote about a 2002 Ted Talk given by Mae Jemison on that very topic. It was Jemison’s assertion that schools don’t appreciate the relationship between art and science. As a doctor, astronaut, and dancer Jemison embodies that relationship. Diminished government funding also contributes to the decline in art education. Mae Jemison called for schools to strike a balance between test preparation and teaching critical thinking. As Ann Scango see it in the 16 years since Jemison delivered that talk the problem has continued unabated.

Schools that include the arts as part of their curriculum are either magnet or private schools. Scango understands why underpaid teachers are forced to accept an approach to education that she calls “restrictive”. For teachers job security is tenuous. A lack of access to current textbooks and learning materials pose another problem. Ann Scango’s article reaches the conclusion that the current educational methods will produce citizens without critical thinking skills thus negatively impacting future innovation. Ann Scango warns that if schools do not alter the way they approach education the US will suffer for it in the long run.

Robert Ivy Becomes Honoree Of The Lifetime Achievement Award

Who Is Robert Ivy

Robert Ivy, Chief Executive Officer, of the American Institute of Architects, is a respected member of the art community. His colleagues say, he lends a strong knowledge to the art community and is bringing new members to AIA, each year. His eye for detail has helped him spot an enthusiastic new architect.

As a professional membership association, AIA, has their sights on the top architects and designers in the world. They currently have over 1,700 members and many programs that deal with education and policies. AIA is proud to know Ivy, is an honoree of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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CEO Robert Ivy stands behind their strong mission at AIA to put an emphasis on the art community and many top designers. His vision is to bring leadership to the art and design community by providing a learning and sharing environment. They adhere to the strongest rules in the art industry and are backed by industry excellence. Ivy, contributes to the goals of their mission statement. Robert Ivy has played a key role in the growth of their institute. He says, his superior membership association is an opportunity for designers, architects, and artist to be creative.

In fact, Ivy is the only architect to ever be nominated for a Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. His high ethical standards and excellence in the art community has caused him to be a recipient of the award. He is proud to be one of the only architects to be honored with the award. Ivy, continues to lend over 25+ years expertise in the industry. His colleagues in the Mississippi art community say, Ivy, is well deserving of the prestigious award. Learn more about becoming a member of the American Institute of Architects by visiting their official website.

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The Deep Sea of Ryan Seacrest

American TV host, producer, radio personality, and fashion designer Ryan Seacrest was born in 1974. He began hosting television just one year after graduating high school. A brief host position with a former ESPN show illustrated Ryan Seacrest’s on air charisma. This opened the door for many opportunities to come his way. In 2002 he was offered and accepted the role as cohost of American Idol, which at the time was a new show on Fox. Within one year of the shows airing he became the sole host. It was this opportunity that made him globally recognized. That shows popularity and success would continue to increase, and so would his. On air with Ryan Seacrest (, a syndicated radio show, premiered in 2004. Serving as creator and executive producer of the show it was an immediate success. As a syndicated 4 hour program, on air with Ryan Seacrest touched all of United States being broadcasted on Kiis FM. Six years later he launched the Ryan Seacrest foundation. His mission for this was to serve as a non-profit organization that helps lift the spirits of today’s youth through planned and focused initiatives. Assisting pediatric hospitals all over the country, the foundation uses its resources to give patients multimedia experiences and uplift them during their time of treatment.

In the late spring of 2017 Ryan Seacrest joined Kelly Ripa as host of live with Kelly and Ryan. The already high rating show increased even more by him joining the cast.

Business of fashion recently did an article on Ryan’s rapidly growing men’s wear success. Inspired by his own fashion line while hosting American idol, he created Ryan Seacrest Distinction. The brand is four years old and distribute it exclusively to Macy’s. Being on track to reach $50 million in sales this year, The sky does not seem to be the limit. Having a formal relationship with Christopher Bailey (of Burberry) has helped Ryan in his own fashion endeavors. Distinction is a close-fitting suit style that has became Seacrest’s signature. His goal was to create something stylish and affordable. Once again he has overachieved. In addition to all of the above accomplishments he also released an anti-aging skin care product for men. Partnering with Dr. Lancer, Ryan Seacrest produced the Polished skin care line. Developed to clean your skin, improve your overall wellness and maintain your youthfulness, Ryan Seacrest has once again scored big.

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Luiz Carlos Trabuco during the World Economic Forum

In a recent discussion with Luiz Carlos Trabuco, we had the opportunity to gain some insight he had on the economic situation of Brazil. We caught with Luiz in Switzerland in January during the World Economic Forum. The annual conference was founded in 1971 and presents a platform for business leaders and governments from around the world to collaborate and explore ways to leverage private and government resources. The 50 year banking and finance professional has been involved in many of Brazil’s economic centered discussions and circumstance his entire career. Joining Banco Bradesco in 1969, Luiz is responsible for many great things over his years with the firm. Over his long career, he has gained tremendous financial instincts and understands the complexity of the Brazilian economy. Visit the website to learn more Luis Carlos Trabuco.

Luiz Carlos Trabuco revealed details possible overlooked by looking at the surface of the positive successes Brazil has experienced. Luiz pointed out these are only very short-term results and actually are expected during the phase the recovery is in currently. Luiz Carlos Trabuco spoke about the 2014 economic returns, and the jump in the GDP numbers are expected when considering just how bad the Brazilian economy had been up to that point. Trabuco noted we are in the infancy of a very long-term outlook, there are many things needed to sustain this growth.

The current Chief Executive Officer, Luiz Carlos Trabuco says there is a dire need to control government spending. He pointed to the lack of economic responsibility by the Brazilian government is the reason the economy had become so damaged. Luiz said there needs to more accountability for the government to prove it’s ability to pay the debt. With the implementation of more financial checks and balances to the government, and the need for more time to assess the economic results will be a true test of where the economy truly is. Read this article at

Luis recently stepped down as president, a position he held since 2009 and introduced Octavio De Lazari Junior as the 5th and new president to lead Bradesco. Octavio’s promotion was announced during the Ordinary General Assembly (AGO) meeting in March.


Dr. Sameer Jejurikar: A compassionate physicians for his patients

When it comes to making faces and bodies more beautiful and healthy, Dr. Sameer (Sam) Jejurikar is an expert at it. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon that focuses on cosmetic surgery of the face including the nose and eyes, along with the entire body, including breast augmentation surgery.

As a member of the renowned Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Jejurikar has an abundance of education, training, and experience in the field of cosmetic surgery. He is very compassionate to the individual needs of each of his patients and is always striving to keep up with the latest techniques and to use the latest equipment to provide his patients with top-quality care. He pays very close attention to detail and is versatile enough in his techniques to improve a person’s appearance or change their overall appearance.

Dr. Jejurikar, like other physicians across the United States, appreciates feedback from their patients. Almost 100 million people provide feedback through various websites each year regarding the care provided to them by their physicians. Through the feedback and votes received on the Patients’ Choice website, physicians are selected for the award of Compassionate Doctor.

Dr. Jejurikar was in the three percent of the nation’s 870,000 physicians chosen to receive the award.

Dr. Sameer Jejurikar said at the time of his recognition, “This is quite an honor for me. I am very pleased to have been selected and grateful to my patients who went out of their way to rate me and give me positive reviews.”

After he was selected for the Patients’ Choice Award, he was added to The Registry of Business Excellence by the American Registry.

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Fortress Investment Group: An Overview of the Major Specialties

Fortress Investment Group was gladly founded in 1998as a private equity firm. Since then, the firm has been such a great pacesetter in the market world. In 2007, Fortress was highlighted for its initial public offering, as the first huge firm in the field of private equity to become public on New York Stock Fortress Investment Group is a very diverse company in investment management directing more than $43 billion number of assets for more than 1,750 investors from different capacities. This entails hedge funds, private equity, and permanent capital vehicles. The company uses a very bold strategy for the many investors through long-term engagements. The headquarters are at New York with more than 900 employees scattered in various offices.

Fortress Investment is proud to behold very exceptionally skilled executive. Three principals who are based in New York and San Francisco manage it. These are Randal Nardone, Peter Briger, and Wes Edens. The major areas of expertise at Fortress Investment Group include asset-based investing, capital markets, operations management, sector-specific knowledge of institutions and companies, and acquisitions & mergers. Through the arm of asset-based investments, Fortress has private and credit funds. These are made up of very diverse assets, which entails capital, real estate, financial vehicles. In this, Fortress is able to price, own, manage, and finance all the financial and physical assets. Under the area of mergers and acquisitions, Fortress Investment Group has developed great expertise in managing the same. For operations management, Fortress Investment has grown a number of tools in building the value and evaluating the strategic, operational, and structural portfolios. Fortress Investment Group has profound experience in specializing in capital markets. In this area, the company secures financing through equity and debt markets. Their last involvement in the management of portfolio companies due to their great knowledge of institutions and industries. Their employees are well equipped with knowledge and skills to serve the customers in these areas.

Fortress Group announced their acquisition by the SoftBank Group Corporation. However, it will continue to operate as a separate firm from the SoftBank. They have reached put to the stakeholders and the employees on the entire matter.

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isease is only now considered a disease that can benefit from this type of service. Tempus has expanded once again to provide doctors with information about Alzheimer’s disease. The company stores information such as brain activity and changes. Previously, most research concerning Alzheimer’s merely dealt with the study of memory loss mechanics and dementia.

Looking into the Career of Wes Edens, the Fortress Investment Founder

Wes Edens is a person with a knack for business owing to his tremendous achievements thus far. He founded Fortress Investment Group in 1998 alongside Peter Briger, Robert Kauffman, Randal Nardone, and Michael Edward. As a principal member of Fortress Investment, he is responsible for the firm’s private equity business that mainly focuses on real estate, healthcare, and infrastructure and transportation. Edens has played a significant part in elevating the company’s worth to a multi-billion investment. He got a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Business Administration from Oregon State University.Wes Edens has a career that spans more than three decades. He started his career as a managing director of Lehman Brothers from 1987 to 1993. He later joined BlackRock Financial Management Inc. as the head of Asset Investors until 1997.

One year later, he established Fortress Investment Group. Wall Street Journal has recognized his shrewd style of investing as one based on ‘contrarian bets, creative financing and a knack for building businesses from investments.’ Through Edens’s leadership, Fortress Investment Group became the first publicly traded buyout firm in 2007. One notable achievement credited to Edens is the role he played to resurge the stock price that had fallen during the subprime mortgage crisis. Under Wes Edens’s watch, Fortress Investment Group acquired Springleaf Financial Services. Edens raised the value of the affiliate organization to 3.5 billion from its initial investment value of 124 million dollars.

Accordingly, he was hailed as the new king of subprime lending. Further, Edens is the Chairman of Nationstar Mortgage, a subprime mortgage lender acquired by Fortress Group in 2006. Hitherto, the company has delivered more than 33,000 homes in the United States. Such an achievement further proves the prowess of Wes Edens vis-à-vis business. Besides investing in private equity, Wes Edens has an eye for sports; he co-owns Milwaukee Bucks which is a National Basketball Association franchise operating in Wisconsin. Additionally, he owns a League of legends team called Flyquest. Edens is married to his wife Lynn, and they have four children together.

Whitney Wolfe: Paving the Way for Women in App Development

Whitney Wolfe has found a way to show women they can be empowered by the application development world. Starting off as the V.P. of marketing for the wildly popular Tinder dating app, Whitney decided to forge her own path after a lawsuit for sexual harassment and discrimination was settled out of court. In doing so, she has been able to create an app that gives women the power to make the first move: Bumble.

Not only is Bumble a dating app, but Whitney Wolfe the additions of Bumble BFF (which helps women find a new best friend) and Bumble Bizz (helping in professional networking) have created a new way for women to be able to communicate and “make the first move”. Something that, in the past, was quite unheard of.

Whitney Wolfe has her Bachelors of Arts, obtained through Southern Methodist University. With this experience, she has found a way to go from Vice President of Marketing to C.E.O. of her own app. In recent news articles, she has credited the early success of Bumble to marketing through influencers including Instagram users and working with consumers of the dating app. In order to create a wildly popular market, those consumers recommended networking on a much wider basis, which included finding friends as well as networking colleagues.

With her rising fame, Whitney Wolfe has been named one of Time 100’s most influential people this year, as well as being named one of Forbes 30 under 30 in 2017.

Though she has created one of the most successful dating apps, Whitney Wolfe did not need to utilize it for herself. She married Michael Herd in 2017, in a beautiful wedding set in Positano, Italy.

The amount of effort put into the application development world is not to be taked for granted. Whitney Wolfe Herd has gone through her share of demeaning in the early parts of her career, but her light can help guide women to become what they deserve: empowered.

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