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Bitcoin is being stolen at gunpoint in New York

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Feb 202015
 

Most of the Bitcoin-related crime you hear about has to do with shady internet dealings or virtual stashes of the cryptocurrency being stolen from online repositories. But a good old-fashioned stick-up? Thats a new one. Apparently there have been a spate of such crimes in New York that have left police with few, if any leads.

The most recent Bitcoin robbery reported to police is typical for this new breed of crime. New York City firefighter Dwayne Richards headed to Brooklyn to meet up with someone who apparently wanted to exchange Bitcoins for cash. Instead he was mugged and stabbed, but survived and is recovering well. The thief made off with the Bitcoins and its unlikely they will be seen again.

Despite being a virtual currency thats mostly used online, one of the most reliable and speedy ways to buy and sell Bitcoins with real money is to find a person in real life to facilitate the deal. There are a number of services that connect buyers and sellers, but theyve started attracting a more sophisticated mugger. In a similar robbery to the one Richards experienced, Bitcoin seller Dean Katz reports that he was recently forced by a mugger to transfer $8,500 worth of Bitcoins and hand over a further $3,500 in cash.

Bitcoins could actually make a tempting target for more tech-savvy criminals, even if its value has declined somewhat. When Bitcoins are transferred, the movement of the virtual coins is visible in the blockchain for everyone to see. However, its completely anonymous. Theres no way to know who has those coins or what happens to them after theyre moved around a few times. A victim could also have access to thousands of dollars in Bitcoin, but no one carries that kind of cash around. Its all part of the risk of being outside the traditional monetary system, I suppose.

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CryptoCurrency PayCoin | Number One In CryptoCurrency Coaching

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Jan 202015
 

Coinbase said it raised $75 million in the single largest venture-capital fundraising by a bitcoin-related startup. Michael Casey joins MoneyBeat. Photo: Getty.

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Coinbase said it raised $75 million in the single largest venture-capital fundraising by a bitcoin-related startup.

Investors included banks and the New York Stock Exchange, apparently the first time any traditional financial institutions have taken direct stakes in a bitcoin enterprise.

Coinbase, based in San Francisco, offers a number of financial services for individuals and businesses, such as processing transactions for merchants that accept bitcoin.

Bitcoin, a digital currency created six years ago that allows for peer-to-peer transactions outside the traditional banking system, has been beset by bad news, most prominently a brutal selloff in the currency. After falling 67% in 2014, it careened down another 44% in January before stabilizing.

The Series C funding round was led by the well-known Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, which has previously invested in Coinbase. Other VC investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, and Ribbit Capital, all of which have also previously invested in the firm.

The round included investments from several banks and individuals in financial services: USAA Bank; BBVA Ventures, the San Francisco-based investment arm of multinationalBBVA Group; and the NYSE. The banks all made investments of between $1 million and $10 million, Coinbase Chief Executive Brian Armstrong said.NTT DoCoMo, Japans biggest mobile phone operator, is also an investor.

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MLK Day: Bigger crowd for final year of Freedom Train

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Jan 202015
 

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(File photo Kirstina Sangsahachart/ Bay Area News Group) Maliyah Thomas is seen here waiting to board a Caltrain Freedom Train as it pulled into the University Avenue train station in Palo Alto in Jan. 2013. This year the Freedom Train will depart from Diridon Station Jan. 19 at 9:45am for its last ride down the rails to San Francisco. ( Kirstina Sangsahachart )

SAN JOSE — America’s final Freedom Train chugged out of San Jose’s Diridon Station and into the history books Monday, ending three decades of tributes on the nation’s rails to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s enduring legacy.

After years of declining interest, the chartered Caltrain roared to San Francisco on what organizers say was its last journey with a rejuvenated spirit and about 1,500 passengers — five times more than last year.

Packed joyously in 10 train cars, the multicultural mix of pilgrims sang civil rights hymns, read MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech and shared personal stories. Michelle Geary’s mother, Arlee Geary, made sure their family was onboard.

“My mom called me and said, ‘I grew up on Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy, and if this is going to be the last train I want all of us to ride it,” said Michelle Geary of San Jose, whose son and husband were also part of the final ride.

King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, started the Freedom Train celebrations in dozens of cities across the country to commemorate the historic civil rights march her husband led from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

But with so many new competing events over the years marking MLK’s birthday, the train journeys faded away, leaving the Bay Area’s as the lone survivor. This year, after the police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York, the traditional day of service also became a day of civil rights protests.

“All those people protesting these days, they ought to be demanding the continuation of the Freedom Train because losing this is a really a shame,” said Charles Herndon, who was the conductor on the first 25 years of MLK trains before retiring. He rode the farewell train as a passenger Monday.

At 54 miles, from station to station, the San Jose-to-San Francisco trip was about the same distance King and his fellow marchers traveled five decades ago.

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Murray Bookchin – The Real Roots of Traditional Libertarianism – Video

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Jan 012015
 



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Cosmic Heaven: Environmentalism

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Nov 132014
 

Nowhere does cybernetic theory come into closest relief than in environmentalism. Let us look at what we have done to our environment over the centuries. The air is dead, the water is dead and eighty percent (at least) of all food sold in supermarkets contains genetically modified pathogens and pesticides that have been clinically shown (in peer reviewed published research) to cause tumors in women especially and increased estrogen in men, not even to mention the known effects upon fertility (or impotency). Then we have the hundreds of extremely wasteful and meant to be wasteful and inefficient boiling of water known as nuclear power plants and weapons testing that that has seen nuclear bombs exploded in our air, water and land, all of which has poured and is pouring tens of thousands of tonnes or radioactive material into our air, water and land every day! This has caused a silent epidemic of diabetes, leukemia, breast cancer and other cancers over the last fifty or more years, as monitored by the military’s own scientists (see Leuren Moret for more). We have been under nuclear attack to this day since the 1970’s at least the World over.

This does not even include the fact that, although genetically modified “terminator” seeds will often out-produce organic crops when first attempted (and are on this basis sold as the answer to World hunger, an opposition as pro-hunger insanity), this does not remain the case in successive years, in each of which the prospective farmer must pay for new seeds produced by Nature for free in all other traditional respects. A thirty year peer reviewed study showed, conclusively, that organic farms out-produce conventional genetically modified farming by over thirty percent in yields, not to mention in quality of nutritional density. Conventional crops are often drenched with a nitrogen-oxide in order to accelerate size and growth rate, leaving store-bought food almost utterly void of nutrition, leading to any and all disease (which is any and all disease) that may be precipitated with lack of proper nutrients. And not only that but organic farms do not harm and erode the soil (due to bio-diversity), meaning that an organic far is sustainable for thousands of years compared to a fraction of that for a conventional farm scraping away the body of the Mother Earth and only increasing the attraction of pests to offset this memorial, nay, monument to human stupidity.

Environmentalism does not address any of this as a rule and was never meant to, nor the effect of living conditions (including education and food) from which, I am convinced, all children eventually die, our children threatened with what amounts to death for questioning the ability for the proponents and apologists for just these conditions (as though the height of human freedom and progress) to provide appropriate adult supervision, people a child would be well justified being as afraid of as any mass murderer for the unerring and increasing death toll per capita (and slow death toll per capita, greater today than in all human existence) of just such conditions by social convention, conditions any subsequent psychotic by age four learns to protect as though their very lives and that of their tribal allegiances.

We have veritably perfected the art and science (and society) of polluting and fouling our entire environment, body, mind and soul, our air, food, water, land, biology and psychology, for endless profits and infinite biologically, ecologically and generationally deferred costs, a core dimension of which business is what we call environmentalism. And the only way to understand this is by gaining some semblance of appreciation for the hidden science of cybernetics to which and through which have become so susceptible by convention to the darkest and most deceptive forces ever possessed a human being. The scale of such a cult is, admittedly, incomprehensibly unbelievable, though every reason for our children to distrust the many corporate fictions of State religions (and sciences and ideologies) from which and for which so many millions are sacrificed, more per capita today than ever before in our history known and unknown.

Environmentalism indeed. The idea that reducing your “carbon footprint” is going to “save the environment” (an ideology upon which is poured endless indistinct racial guilt) is tantamount to believing that flapping your wings hard enough is going to get you to the Moon, the only actual benefits of which, to anything but the overarching cybernetic oligarchical plutocracy of mass human psychology, biology, education, convention and lifestyle, being merely incidental (if not accidental) at best.

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Godfrey Bloom – ‘Why Traditionalism and Libertarianism are not incompatible’ – Video

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SEO in 2014 – Why It’s Not Dead – Video

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May 232014
 



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Market Extra: Bitcoin venture capital money hasnt kept up with buzz

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Apr 282014
 

By Saumya Vaishampayan, MarketWatch

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) Bitcoin is the hottest investing trend since the Internet, according to venture capitalists who have sung its praises. But the money hasnt exactly followed.

Venture capitalists invested $74.1 million in bitcoin startups across 39 deals in 2013, according to data provided by CB Insights. Thats less than a third of what Internet companies raised in first-round funding in 1995, when Internet leaders like Yahoo, Inc. /quotes/zigman/59898/delayed/quotes/nls/yhoo YHOO -2.16% and eBay Inc. /quotes/zigman/76117/delayed/quotes/nls/ebay EBAY -2.04% were just getting off the ground.

In fact, for all the predictions that bitcoin is on the cusp of blowing up the traditional financial system, investors have largely kept to the sidelines. The last round of funding raised by Oculus VR the maker of virtual-reality goggles Facebook Inc. /quotes/zigman/9962609/delayed/quotes/nls/fb FB -5.19% agreed to acquire last month was more than all of bitcoins VC haul in 2013.

From an aggregate standpoint, a hundred million bucks in venture is a pittance. Its a rounding error, said Matthew Roszak, co-founder of the venture-capital firm SilkRoad Equity. He has a portfolio of 10 bitcoin investments.

Some industries are likely attracting more funding because they are bigger. Software companies, for instance, attracted $11 billion in VC funding last year, according data from Thomson Reuters and CB Insights.

And interest has started to pick up this year. VC investments in bitcoin-related firms rose to $64.9 million across 14 deals in the first quarter, nearly 90% of the money raised last year, according to CB Insights. If funding kept up that pace, it would top $200 million this year.

But its coming from the far back of the pack. The average bitcoin investment was $1.9 million last year. The average investment in biotech, on the other hand, was $9.6 million.

These small-potatoes investments have flown in the face of expectations that the digital currency will bulldoze the way the world uses money, leaving old intermediaries like banks and credit card companies in their wake.

Were still in the very early innings of the bitcoin industry as a whole. If you compare it to the Internet industry, were probably back in 1995 or 1996 and right now its all about infrastructure, said Pamir Gelenbe, a venture partner at Hummingbird Ventures. His firm in late March led a $5 million funding round for the virtual-currency exchange Kraken.

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Golden opportunities lie outside Australia

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Apr 232014
 

Gold bullion plunged 28 percent in 2013 as some investors lost their faith in the metal as a store of value. Photo: Bloomberg

Consolidation in the Australian resources sector is creating a serious shortage of investment opportunities, and some fund managers say it leaves them with no choice but to build portfolios dominated by offshore companies to gain exposure to commodities such as gold.

There is a real shortage of opportunity in this country and that is the problem with consolidation. That is the problem with the resources across the board in Australia, which is why we look globally, said Caledonia investment manager Chris Baker, adding that his view is despite recent falls in the spot gold price, which may make it more attractive to some investors.

Of the gold equities we own, 60 per cent to 70 per cent are listed outside Australia. We do that to enable us to find the best companies with the best assets.

The spot gold price dropped 0.5 per cent to $US1284.4 an ounce on Tuesday, touching its lowest since February as US equities rallied on the news of stronger corporate earnings results.

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In many regards there are limited places to invest in Australia because in a relative sense the upside returns are not there, as compared to some offshore based companies, said Regal Funds Management head of Australian equities Julian Babarczy.

Broadly speaking, most Australian gold companies are relatively high cost. In fact, cost of production inflation has been higher than the actual gold price inflation which is reducing both profits and cash flows, he said.

There are a number of more interesting ones offshore, including Canadian gold company Detour Gold and Toronto-based gold producer Barrick however a potential merger with Colorado miner, Newmont Mining could muddy the waters.

The fall in the traditional safe-haven asset has been driven by improvements in the US economy and the belief that US-denominated assets are becoming less risky. However, the gold price has remained largely supported this year by consumer demand from China now the biggest buyer of the precious commodity and worries about the health of its economy.

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SEO/SEM Expert (denver metro area) – Video

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Mar 172014
 



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Islanders afraid to go home 60 years after Bikini Atoll

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Mar 012014
 

By Giff Johnson ,AFP March2,2014,12:11amTWN

Part of the intense Cold War nuclear arms race, the 15-megaton Bravo test on March 1, 1954 was a thousand times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

It vaporized one island and exposed thousands in the surrounding area to radioactive fallout.

As those who remembered that terrifying day gathered in the Marshall Islands’ capital of Majuro, along with younger generations, to commemorate the anniversary, many exiles refused to go back to the zones that were contaminated, despite U.S. safety assurances.

I won’t move there, Evelyn Ralpho-Jeadrik, 33, said of her home atoll, Rongelap, which was engulfed in a snowstorm of fallout from Bravo and evacuated two days after the test. I do not believe it’s safe and I don’t want to put my children at risk.

People returned to live on Rongelap in 1957 but fled again in 1985 amid fears, later proved correct, about residual radiation.

One of the more than 60 islands in Rongelap has been cleaned up as part of a US-funded $45 million program, but Ralpho-Jeadrik said she has no intention of going back.

I will be forever fearful. The U.S. told my mother it was safe and they returned to Rongelap only to be contaminated again, she said.

It is not just their homes which have been lost, said Lani Kramer, 42, a councilwoman in Bikini’s local government, but an entire swathe of the islands’ culture.

As a result of being displaced, we’ve lost our cultural heritage our traditional customs and skills, which for thousands of years were passed down from generation to generation, she said.

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Innovative Regenerative Medicine Treatment Sweeps Across Centennial State, PRP Company Actively Recruiting Colorado …

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Feb 052014
 

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Accommodating chronic and debilitating pain patients across the nation, PRP411.com has become known as America’s first prolotherapy online search-and-booking platform. Constructed specifically to attend to the massive influx of patients seeking reputable regenerative medicine practices, the company has solidified its name as a bona fide Internet portal for many of the country’s prolotherapy patients who are seeking a non-invasive healing treatment such as platelet-rich plasma injections. Already featuring a comprehensive list of high-standing PRP doctors situated throughout the United States, the doctor network at PRP411.com is comprised of practitioners who are looking to help Colorado pain patients organize a personalized pain management plan that is custom-tailored to personal necessity. The company has now turned its eyes to the Centennial State in hopes of gathering up as many Colorado prolotherapy doctors as humanly possible.

An alternative remedy choice of some of Hollywood’s most notorious celebrities and athletes, platelet-rich plasma therapy has become one of the most effective choices of healing that Colorado patients utilize to recover from an injury. In fact, this regenerative medicine treatment greatly differentiates from many other forms of treatment. Unlike traditional, surgical pain treatments, PRP features a non-invasive procedure that will accelerate the healing response within the body of a patient. The body’s mending process is essential in helping maintain order to help heal or reduce symptoms of various types of debilitating injuries. Colorado PRP patients will be happy to know that PRP411.com is working around the clock to find reputable prolotherapy doctors who support and practice this form of treatment in Colorado.

Without feeling obligated to spend any time in a hospital-based setting, platelet-rich plasma therapy patients are able recover from a procedure in little to no time. Being situated for an extended period of time in an uncomfortable setting is not something that patients look forward to, but luckily this is a form of blood injections that allow a patient to go back home and relax. Additionally, an administration of a platelet-rich plasma injection is able to take place right in any Colorado prolotherapy doctor’s office, an out-patient process that features the blood sample of a patient being placed into a centrifuge that separates the blood into distinct components.

Platelet-rich plasma therapy is an exceptional choice for any Colorado pain patients who sick and tired of having to deal with the disruption of daily activities due to complications. With the efficiency of a surgical procedure, yet performed in half of the time, a PRP injection greatly enhances the body’s ability to ambulate immediately after being administered platelet-rich plasma. Patients located in the state of Colorado are asked to inquire about this unique form of regenerative medicine, as it provides many benefits that could improve the lives of those who desire wellness. Patients who are typically seeking this form of treatment have been diagnosed with conditions involving the knees, shoulders, hips and spine, rotator cuff tears, chronic plantar fasciitis, anterior cruciate ligament injuries.

Paving the way for regenerative healthcare in the Centennial State, platelet-rich plasma injections are the go-to solution if other traditional remedies have not provided beneficial results. Evidently enough, there is a massive influx of patients in Colorado who are seeking platelet-rich plasma treatment. PRP411 is in great need of more doctors to satisfy this great state’s influx of patients willing to utilize PRP.

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How the tea party undermines conservatism

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Jan 142014
 

One of the main problems with an unremittingly hostile view of government held by many associated with the tea party, libertarianism and constitutionalism is that it obscures and undermines the social contributions of a truly conservative vision of government.

Politics requires a guiding principle of public action. For popular liberalism, it is often the rule of good intentions: If it sounds good, do it. Social problems can be solved by compassionate, efficient regulation and bureaucratic management which is seldom efficient and invites unintended consequences in complex, unmanageable systems (say, the one-sixth of the U.S. economy devoted to health care). The signal light for government intervention is stuck on green.

For libertarians and their ideological relatives, the guiding principle is the maximization of individual liberty. It is a theory of government consisting mainly of limits and boundaries. The light is almost always red.

Conservatism offers a different principle of public action though a bit more difficult to explain than go or stop. In the traditional conservative view, individual liberty is ennobled and ordered within social institutions families, religious communities, neighborhoods, voluntary associations, local governments and nations. The success of individuals is tied to the health of these institutions, which prepare them for the responsible exercise of freedom and the duties of citizenship.

This is a limiting principle: Higher levels of government should show deference to private associations and local institutions. But this is also a guide to appropriate governmental action needed when local and private institutions are enervated or insufficient in scale to achieve the public good.

So conservatism is a governing vision that allows for a yellow light: careful, measured public interventions to encourage the health of civil society. There are no simple rules here. Some communities disproportionately affected by family breakdown, community chaos or damaging economic trends will need more active help. But government should, as the first resort, set the table for private action and private institutions creating a context in which civil society can flourish.

This goal has moral and cultural implications. Government has a necessary (if limited) role in reinforcing the social norms and expectations that make the work of civic institutions both possible and easier. Some forms of liberty say, the freedom to destroy oneself with hard drugs or to exploit men and women in the sex trade not only degrade human nature but damage and undermine families and communities and ultimately deprive the nation of competent, self-governing citizens.

But conservatives also need to take seriously the economic implications of this governing vision. Just as citizens must be prepared for the exercise of liberty, individuals must be given the skills and values human capital that will allow them to succeed in a free economy.

This is the essence of equal opportunity. But it is not a natural social condition. And many conservatives have failed to recognize the extent to which this defining American promise has been hollowed out.

Economic mobility is stalled for many poorer Americans, resulting in persistent, intergenerational inequality. This problem is more complex than an income gap. It involves wide disparities in parental time and investment, in community involvement and in academic accomplishment. These are traceable to a number of factors that defy easy ideological categorization, including the collapse of working-class families and the flight of decent blue-collar jobs.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Best approach a yellow light for government

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Jan 072014
 

WASHINGTON One of the main problems with an unremittingly hostile view of government held by many associated with the tea party, libertarianism and constitutionalism is that it obscures and undermines the social contributions of a truly conservative vision of government.

Politics requires a guiding principle of public action. For popular liberalism, it is often the rule of good intentions: If it sounds good, do it. Social problems can be solved by compassionate, efficient regulation and bureaucratic management which is seldom efficient and invites unintended consequences in complex, unmanageable systems (say, the one-sixth of the U.S. economy devoted to health care). The signal light for government intervention is stuck on green.

For libertarians and their ideological relatives, the guiding principle is the maximization of individual liberty. It is a theory of government consisting mainly of limits and boundaries. The light is almost always red.

Conservatism (as my co-author Peter Wehner and I explain in our recent National Affairs essay, A Conservative Vision of Government) offers a different principle of public action though a bit more difficult to explain than go or stop.

In the traditional conservative view, individual liberty is ennobled and ordered within social institutions families, religious communities, neighborhoods, voluntary associations, local governments and nations. The success of individuals is tied to the health of these institutions, which prepare them for the responsible exercise of freedom and the duties of citizenship.

This is a limiting principle: Higher levels of government should show deference to private associations and local institutions. But this is also a guide to appropriate governmental action needed when local and private institutions are enervated or insufficient in scale to achieve the public good.

So conservatism is a governing vision that allows for a yellow light: careful, measured public interventions to encourage the health of civil society.

There are no simple rules here. Some communities disproportionately affected by family breakdown, community chaos or damaging economic trends will need more active help. But government should, as the first resort, set the table for private action and private institutions creating a context in which civil society can flourish.

This goal has moral and cultural implications. Government has a necessary (if limited) role in reinforcing the social norms and expectations that make the work of civic institutions both possible and easier. Some forms of liberty say, the freedom to destroy oneself with hard drugs or to exploit other men and women in the sex trade not only degrade human nature but damage and undermine families and communities and ultimately deprive the nation of competent, self-governing citizens.

(The principle applies, more mildly, to softer drugs. By what governing theory did the citizens of Colorado surveying the challenges of global economic competition, educational mediocrity and unhealthy lifestyles decide that the answer is the proliferation of stoners?)

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A New Direction for SEO in 2014: The Secure Search Manifesto

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Dec 202013
 

SEO marketing finally matured in 2013. With more than 500 algorithm changes a year, keeping pace with innovation was a source of confusion and frustration for some people, yet provided great clarity for others.

The rapid pace of change in our market, fueled by the convergence of earned, owned, and paid media has meant that the traditional SEO mindset moved from keyword-centric methodologies toward new content-centric, and key revenue based strategies.

Google’s move to make 100 percent of search keyword data “(not provided)” in September finally forced SEO marketers to rethink their strategies. Some people failed to identify trends, and struggled to adapt, while others took a giant innovative leap into the world of secure search.

In 2014 we’ll see a new content and page-centric SEO workflow form the backbone of, what I like to call, a new “Secure Search Manifesto.” This new manifesto allows you to actually match your SEO and content marketing strategies to measurable business outcomes.

SEO changed forever in 2013. The evolution of SEO and the focus on content started a long time ago. Google’s Hummingbird update “rubber stamped” the essential need to focus on quality content marketing and, in conjunction, secure search did the same with regard to “adapt or die” pure keyword rank checking philosophies.

Google began giving SEO marketers signals about how their model and algorithms would change in 2011. Panda and Penguin gave clear signals on the shift to content and relevancy and the removal of “black hat” strategies. The gradual rise in the number of keywords “(not provided)” signaled an impending paradigm shift in the keyword model market to a content-centric model.

In September 2013 marketers witnessed the single biggest change to happen in this industry since the introduction of off-page factors and backlinks. Secure search ensured that adapting to change was no longer an option but a necessity.

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Oct 052013
 



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Freedom of Spirit Studios – Traditional Tack Sets – Video

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Oct 012013
 



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Extra beach week set in Long Branch

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Sep 042013
 

By KENNY WALTER

Staff Writer

LONG BRANCH Beachgoers will enjoy an extra six days on city beaches this summer since the City Council voted to extend lifeguard staffing until Sept. 8.

During the Aug. 27 workshop meeting, Business Administrator Howard Woolley Jr. suggested keeping the beaches open past the traditional Labor Day deadline because Long Branch public school classes will not begin until Sept. 9.

If it continues to be nice, kids arent going to be in school and they are all going to be on the beach anyway. So it seems that the intelligent move is to staff [the beach], he said.

Woolley said the extra days would come with a cost paying salaries for ticket-takers to check or sell badges and that there are funds to cover that expenditure.

We might have enough money in the salary account to operate for the four weekdays and the two weekend days, he said.

During the meeting, the council approved a resolution extending the beach operation for the six days following Labor Day.

Beach Manager Dan George said during the workshop that not all of the citys 15 beaches would remain open all six days. He said the decision about which beaches will be open would be made on a daily basis, based on staffing and weather.

George estimated that about $1,000 in the salary account could cover the cost of the extra days.

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