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Looks like Bed Bath & Beyond Inc stock price (BBBY) is breaking out

I was checking the QQQ Stock chart on Finviz and noticed that the chart of BBBY looks to me like it is breaking out.

In my opinion the first target could be $10 which is just under the 200 day MA. Back when I traded equities, I would Swing Trade and not buy and hold. The chart also looks to me like it formed a “W” shaped bottom. Price hit bottom below $4 and moved up. Then the price corrected back down. Now this leg back up also went higher than the prior high set back in April.

This post is not meant as investment advice. Please seek out the help and advice of your own Investment Advisor. You can lose money, even all of it, when placing bets at the Stock & Options Market Casinos. Posted for my own education. I’m trying to learn ways to trade the QQQ Options and happened to notice the stock chart of BBBY.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 has mutated into 33 different strains, per new study by Professor Li Lanjuan and colleagues from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China

A new study paper on Cornavirus (COVID-19) has been published on the medrXiv preprint journal, titled: “Patient-derived mutations impact pathogenicity of SARS-CoV-2”. The research was done at the Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. The researchers involved in the study were: Hangping Yao, Xiangyun Lu, Qiong Chen, Kaijin Xu, Yu Chen, Linfang Cheng, Fumin Liu, Zhigang Wu, Haibo Wu, Changzhong Jin, Min Zheng, Nanping Wu, Chao Jiang, Lanjuan Li

Click on this link to visit the medrXiv preprint journal’s website post about this article titled: “Patient-derived mutations impact pathogenicity of SARS-CoV-2”.

From the study: “In total, 33 mutations were identified (including 10 mutations observed in
120 mixed-populations), and 19 of these mutations were novel, according to the comparison
121 with 1111 genomic sequences available at GISAID on 3/24/2020.”

Since there are many mutations, creating a COVID-19 Vaccine will be that much more difficult. I suspect that there are many more mutations, say in Europe.  As such, I am of the opinion that a viable Vaccine will not be developed.

One can Download a PDF of the research study paper on the website via the above mentioned link to the medrXiv website.

Click on this link to The Jerusalem Post website to read their article titled: “Coronavirus has mutated into at least 30 different strains new study finds”.

 

Posted by Vincent Banial

Bought some QQQ Call Options yesterday at Open April 15 2020

 Chart is courtesy of www.finviz.com

When I saw the price close above the 50 Day Simple Moving average and the Day SMA curvng back up I fugured that I’d buy some QQQ call Options.

Bought 10 QQQ CALL Option contracts at a $220 Strike Price and also 10 QQQ Option contracts at a $230 Strike Price. I wanted to see if one could make more money buying an Option which was further out of the Money (the $230 Strike price). Both option sets have an Expiry of 05/15/2020 and were bought at Open on April 15 2020.

QQQ2015E2202020/05/15 on POWERSHARES QQQ TRUST CALL at $220.00 10 contracts

Bought at $4.07 ea

Price at Close on 04-16 2020 $5.26

Total Value at Close on 04-16 2020$5,260.00

Change +$1,280.00(32.16 %)

Total Gain on the $220 Call so far $1,190.00(29.24 %)

QQQ2015E2302020/05/15 on POWERSHARES QQQ TRUST CALL at 230.00 10 Contracts

Bought at $1.47 ea

Price at Close of 04-16 2020 $1.88

Total Value at Close on 04-16 2020 $1,880.00

Change +$580.00(44.62 %)

Total Change  on the $230 Call so far +$410.00(27.89 %)

Total Gain from both sets of Calls +$1,600.00(28.88 % Gain)

So the $230 Call was lower in cost. The closer to being In The Money the higher the cost of the Option. Percentage wise the gain on the $ 230 Call was greater. Because the $220 costs more (it is closer to being In The Money) the Dollar amount gained is greater.

All funds in US Dollars.

The Calls were purchased with an Expiry on May 15 2020, to give things more time to rise.

This post is not meant as investment advice. Please seek out the help and advice of your own Investment Advisor. You can lose money, even all of it, when placing bets at the Stock & Options Market Casinos. Posted for my own education. I’m trying to learn ways to trade the QQQ Options.

 

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“Hot In Cleaveland” sitom can provide a break from the stress during this Coronavirus Crisis. We all need to be reminded how to laugh.

We all find ourselves in distressing times during this Coronavirus Crisis. Watching a comedy can give our bodies a break from the stress of it all. Laugh at the foolish antics on the TV or Computer screen, found in a great comedy can be helpful.

I started to binge out on Seinfeld episodes on Youtube.com. Watching Cramer’s antics put a smile back on my face, for at a short time. One day after watching a Seinfeld episode, another comedy starting playing. Youtube sometimes will show you things it thinks you would like. The show was called Hot in Cleveland. Yes a strange name for a comedy but then so was calling a show Seinfeld.

Hot In Cleveland reminded me of Seinfeld, so I started to watch more episodes. One episode featured a Seinfeld actor. The guy who played Neuman is a neighbour on Hot In Cleveland. I’m not a Neuman fan, but found that his character fit will in this show. So far he has appeared in one episode.

Hot In Cleveland stars Valerie BertinelliJane LeevesWendie Malick, and Betty White. All the actresses are awesome. Betty White delivers some amazing one liners. The show will grow on you, as it has one me. If a good laugh will help improve you day of Social Distancing via Self Isolation, then I would highly suggest to visit Youtube.com and do a search on “Hot in Cleveland”. Watch a few episodes and it will grow on you, much like Seinfeld did..

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Dr. Dyan Hes, a Pediatrician thinks that 80% of kids likely have Coronavirus. Probably 80 to 90% of them, are asymptomatic. No one knows exact numbers, because Children are not being tested for COVID-19.

Dr. Dyan Hes, a New York based Pediatrician thinks that 80% of kids likely have Coronavirus. Probably 80 to 90% of them, are asymptomatic. No one knows exact numbers, because Children are not being tested for COVID-19, due to the severe shortage of Coronavirus Test Kits. On a brighter note he thinks that the mortality rate is way, way less than 0.5% for children who have it because it is so prevalent. If he is correct then that could bode well with Dr Wittkowski’s ideas on society needing to develop Herd Immunity.

Click on this link to visit the CBS News website to read their news article titled: “Pediatrician says 80% of kids likely have coronavirus, but they’re so asymptomatic you’d never know”.

 

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New Study indicates link between walking and lowered mortality

A new Observational study has been published by the American Medical Association’s Jama journal. It showed that the more steps one takes walking the lower the risk of all cause mortality. walking is that good for you. It does not matter if your walked fast or slow, the key was to try take as many steps as possible.

From the report: “The unadjusted incidence density for all-cause mortality was 76.7 per 1000 person-years (419 deaths) for the 655 individuals who took less than 4000 steps per day; 21.4 per 1000 person-years (488 deaths) for the 1727 individuals who took 4000 to 7999 steps per day; 6.9 per 1000 person-years (176 deaths) for the 1539 individuals who took 8000 to 11 999 steps per day; and 4.8 per 1000 person-years (82 deaths) for the 919 individuals who took at least 12 000 steps per day.”

There was a huge drop in Mortality for those who took 8000 or more steps, compared to those who took only 4,000 steps.

So if you want to live a longer and healthier life, it might a good ideas to walk more and sit less.

Click on this link to visit the Jama site to read the research article abstract titled: “Association of Daily Step Count and Step Intensity With Mortality Among US Adults”.

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Vitamin D may help build resistance to respiratory infections, including COVID-19

Researchers from Trinity College Dublin (Trinity) and Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) have found that taking Vitamin D supplements may enhance resistance to respiratory infections such as Covid-19, or limit the severity of the illness for those that do become infected.

Dr Declan Byrne (St. James’s Hospital and School of Medicine, Trinity) and Dr Daniel McCartney (TU Dublin), co-authors of the article published in the Irish Medical Journal on Friday, recommend that adults living in Ireland take 20-50 micrograms of vitamin D per day.”

Click on this link to visit the Irish Medical Journal website to read the article titled “Optimisation of Vitamin D status for Enhanced Immuno Protection against COVID-19.”

Since there is no official treatment for Coronavirus COVID-19 infection, then preventative measures to build resistance to Respiratory Infection should be a consideration. It has been stated by researchers that humans in northern climate changed their skin colour so as to facilitate creating Vitamin D from sunlight. Our skin creates Vitamin D from exposure to UV Rays in sunlight. During winter months there may be a deficiency of Vitamin D in Humans living away from the equator where there is far less sunlight during Winter months.

During the Coronvirus Crisis with Social Distancing and Stay at Home orders, humans are exposed to precious little sunlight and hence may develop a Vitamin D deficiency making our bodies more prone to a Respiratory Infection. Since Vitamin D helps our bodies to build a resistance to Respiratory Infection, it may a consideration to take Vitamin D supplements daily.

Download a PDF of a Healthcare Professional summary of – Optimisation of Vitamin D Status for Enhanced Immuno-protection against Covid-19 – is available here.

Always discuss with your Doctor, if you wish to take Vitamin D Supplements. Your Doctor could test your blood to check the level of Vitamin D deficiency and could suggest and monitor the level of supplementation.

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Can early and high intravenous dose of vitamin C prevent and treat Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)?

Vitamin C is not a patented drug and so is low cost. The use of Vitamin C as a treatment protocol for Coronavirus infections is rarely mentioned in the main news media. When one gets sick, Vitamin C  in your body is depleted.

There were initial reports out of China that Coronavirus patients were being given intravenous Vitamin C. Vitamin C is also know to help patients who get Sepsis, which can also be the result of acquiring Coronavirus.

Some New York Hospitals have also treated Coronavirus patients with intravenous Vitamin C.

A new report has been published by Medicine in Drug Discovery, a peer reviewed journal by Elsevier, which details treating Coronavirus Patients using intravenous Vitamin C.

Click on the report title link below to visit the Elsevier’s Medicine in Drug Discovery site to read the report:

Can early and high intravenous dose of vitamin C prevent and treat Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

The report is as follows courtesy of Elsevier and Medicine in Drug Discovery:

Author links open overlay panel Richard Z.Cheng

Under a Creative Commons license
open access

The COVID-19 (SARS-2-Cov) pandemic, first reported in Wuhan, China, is now spreading to many continents and countries, causing a severe public health burden. Currently, there is no vaccine or specific antiviral drug for this deadly disease. A quick, deployable and accessible, effective and safe treatment is urgently needed to save lives and curtail the spreading. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a key factor of fatality. Significantly increased oxidative stress due to rapid release of free radicals and cytokines is the hallmark of ARDS which leads to cellular injury, organ failure and death. Early use of large dose antioxidants, such as vitamin C (VC) may become an effective treatment for these patients. Clinical studies also show that high-dose oral VC provides certain protection against viral infection. Neither intravenous nor oral administration of high-dose VC is associated with significant side effects. Therefore, this regimen should be included in the treatment of COVID-19 and used as a preventative measure for susceptible populations such as healthcare workers with higher exposure risks.

Coronaviruses and influenza are among the pandemic viruses that can cause lethal lung injuries and death from ARDS [[1][2][3]]. Viral infections could evoke “cytokine storm” that leads to lung capillary endothelial cell activation, neutrophil infiltration and increased oxidative stress (reactive oxygen and nitrogen species). ARDS, characteristic of severe hypoxemia, is usually accompanied by uncontrolled inflammation, oxidative injury and damage to the alveolar-capillary barrier [4]. Increased oxidative stress is a major insult in pulmonary injury including acute lung injury (ALI) and ARDS, two clinical manifestations of acute respiratory failure with substantially high morbidity and mortality [5,6].

In a report of 29 patients with COVID-19 pneumonia, 27 (93%) showed increased hsCRP, a marker of inflammation and oxidative stress [7]. Transcription factor, nuclear factor erythroid 2 (nfe2)-related factor 2 (nrf2), is a major regulator of antioxidant response element (ARE)-driven cytoprotective protein expression. Activation of Nrf2 signaling plays an essential role in preventing cells and tissues from injury induced by oxidative stress. VC, an important component of the cellular antioxidant system [8], is beneficial to critical care management [9]. Cytokine storm is observed in both viral and bacterial infections [3] and results in increased oxidative stress via a common and non-specific pathway. Since the prevention and management of oxidative stress could be realized by large dose of antioxidants, this approach may be applicable to COVID-19 with intravenous high-dose VC based on the outcome of three previous clinical studies involving a total of 146 patients with sepsis [10].

Hemila and colleagues reported that various high-dose intravenous VC infusions (e.g., 200 mg/kg body weight/day, divided into 4 doses) shortened the intensive care unit (ICU) stay by 97.8% [11], accompanied by a significant reduction in the mortality rate [12]. Such an experience was reproduced among patients ill with severe influenza [13,14]. Indeed, dietary antioxidants (VC and sulforaphane) were shown to decrease oxidative stress induced acute inflammatory lung injury in patients receiving mechanical ventilation [15]. In addition, oral VC (e.g., 6 g daily) was able to reduce viral infection risk [16] or to improve symptoms [17].

High-dose intravenous VC has also been successfully used in the treatment of 50 moderate to severe COVID-19 patients in China. The doses used varied between 2 g and 10 g per day, given over a period of 8–10 h. Additional VC bolus may be required among patients in critical conditions. The oxygenation index was improving in real time and all the patients eventually cured and were discharged [18]. In fact, high-dose VC has been clinically used for several decades and a recent NIH expert panel document states clearly that this regimen (1.5 g/kg body weight) is safe and without major adverse events [19].

Because the development of efficacious vaccines and antiviral drugs takes time, VC and other antioxidants are among currently available agents to mitigate COVID-19 associated ARDS. Given the fact that high-dose VC is safe, healthcare professionals should take a close look at this opportunity. Obviously, well-designed clinical studies are absolutely needed to develop standard protocols for bedside use.

References

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Vitamin D could be an adjunctive treatment protocol to help patients with Coronavirus.

Severe Coronavirus infections could result in the patient getting an acute respiratory Tract Infection requiring the use of a Ventilator to sustain life. Vitamin D could be an adjunctive treatment protocol to help patients with Coronavirus.

Vitamin D deficiency contributes directly to the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)

https://scholar.harvard.edu/kennethbchristopher/publications/vitamin-d-deficiency-contributes-directly-acute-respiratory

Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory tract infections: systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data

https://www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.i6583

Low Vitamin D Status Occurs in 90% of Patients with ARDS and Is Associated with Longer Duration of Mechanical Ventilation

https://www.atsjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1164/ajrccm-conference.2016.193.1_MeetingAbstracts.A1846

Please discuss the above with your Medical Doctor to see if the information may be of help. Self Medicating without the advice of your Medical Doctor(s) is not recommended.

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Details about Paige Thompson, the person who allegedly hacked into Capital One

Page A. Thompson was arrested for allegedly hacking into Capital One Financial Corp’s Cloud servers and allegedly stealing  customer information. The following is some insight into the person who allegedly was able to complete such an extraordinary Hack of Capital One Financial Corp.

Click on this link to download the official Paige Thompson Indictment – 12 pages.

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From the Capital One News Release:

“Beyond the credit card application data, the individual also obtained portions of credit card customer data, including:

No bank account numbers or Social Security numbers were compromised, other than:

About 140,000 Social Security numbers of our credit card customers

About 80,000 linked bank account numbers of our secured credit card customers

For our Canadian credit card customers, approximately 1 million Social Insurance Numbers were compromised in this incident.”.

Paige used GitHub and also had a page on GitLab. She setup the GitLab page under Netcrave. She also posted using the handle “erratic”. Her GitLab page is still there. Click on this link to visit Paige’s GitLab page.

She had posted her resume on Scripd. Click on this link to view Paige Thompson’s resume.

Paige had a Twitter account which is still active. Click on this link to view Paige’s Twitter feed.

Click on this link to visit Paig Thompson’s GitHub page.

Having spent some time going over some of her web pages, I do not get the impression that Paige is into Black Hat Hacking. I get the impression of a skilled Programmer and Techie. IMHO her alleged hacking of Capital One could be a case of her testing herself and her skills. She apparently had to put her pet cat down and such an event can be traumatic. Trauma can impact one’s thinking. If she is guilty of the alleged Hack of Capital One, I have doubts whether the allegedly stolen info was placed or sold on DarkNet.

The bigger and more important question is: Why was the Firewall protecting Capital One’s Cloud resources allegedly incorrectly configured and allegedly incorrectly configured by whom. Was it the fault of Capital One or was it the fault of their Cloud Provider?

UPDATE Jul 31. Well known IT Security site KrebsOnSecurity.com has posted about the capital One Data Breach. They were able to access the Slack channel when Paige had been posting to. Slack provides “secure” private messaging within a company. I’ve used it at a job. I was not aware that slack also had “open” channels available. Will look into this. Click on this link to visit the KrebsOnSecurity website to read their post titled: “Capital One Data Theft Impacts 106M People”.

The paragraph below was from their posting. Posted under Fair Use provisions.

“KrebsOnSecurity was able to join this open Slack channel Monday evening and review many months of postings apparently made by Erratic about her personal life, interests and online explorations. One of the more interesting posts by Erratic on the Slack channel is a June 27 comment listing various databases she found by hacking into improperly secured Amazon cloud instances.”

This IMHO this points to someone who maybe did the Hacking as a challenge versus someone who would do something like this for greater criminal intent such as Extorting Capital One, or using the stolen data to apply for Credit Cards or selling the data on DarkNet markets. We’ll learn more if there is trial. If she pleads guilty, then there will be no trial.

Myself, I would like to know who was responsible for the allegedly misconfigured Firewall (per the FBI).

How many other Firewalls, supposedly protecting Cloud based data may also be “misconfigured”???

 

Posted by Vincent Banial

Capital One was Hacked. Data and private info of 100 million people in the United States and 6 million in Canada was stolen.

Capital One was Hacked. Data and private info of 100 million people in the United States and 6 million in Canada was stolen. 

Capital One has posted a News Release about this incident. Click on this link to read Capital One’s News Release.

As per the FBI, allegedly a Firewall was incorrectly configured. The Hack had occurred on Mar 22 and 23rd of 2019.

A female (PAIGE A. THOMPSON) had been arrested. Click on this link to visit the US Attorney General Western District of Washington to view their info about Case MJ19-0344. You can also Download the PDF of the Indictment from their webpage. If you wish you can download the document by clicking on this link.

Approximately 140,000 US Social Security Numbers were stolen. Approximately One Million Canadian Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) were stolen.

According to the criminal complaint, THOMPSON allegedly posted on the public information sharing site GitHub about her theft of information from the Cloud servers storing Capital One data. When the FBI arrested the female who allegedly breached Capital One’s Cloud storage, the FBI executed a search warrant at THOMPSON’s residence and seized electronic storage devices containing a copy of the data. 

Video courtesy of the RT America YouTube Channel

Capital One had all this info posted to an un-named Cloud Service. The arrested female allegedly was a former Tech employee of Amazon Web Services.

Video is courtesy of the NewsBOT YouTube Channel

The Alleged female Hacker will be in court this coming Thursday (Aug 01) for a Bail Hearing.

 

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The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation and 5G by Theodora Scarato

The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation and 5G by Theodora Scarato.

Video is courtesy of the The Real Truth About Health YouTube channel

New York, NY, July 22, 2019. The Advisors to the International EMF Scientist Appeal, representing 248 scientists from 42 nations, have resubmitted The Appeal to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Inger Andersen, requesting the UNEP reassess the potential biological impacts of next generation 4G and 5G telecommunication technologies to plants, animals and humans.

There is particular urgency at this time as new antennas will be densely located throughout residential neighborhoods using much higher frequencies, with greater biologically disruptive pulsations, more dangerous signaling characteristics, plus transmitting equipment on, and inside, homes and buildings. The Advisors to The Appeal recommend UNEP seriously weigh heavily the findings of the independent, non-industry associated EMF science

Click on this link to view the PDF file of the complete Press Release and it links to the recent letter to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Click on this link to read the new article posted by Dr. Devra Davis titled: “Pending Government Immunity for Telecoms Uninsurable 5G Network?“.

Click on this link to view: The National Toxicology Program (NTP) concluded in two final reports released November 1, 2018, that there is clear evidence that male rats exposed to high levels of radio frequency radiation (RFR), like that used in 2G and 3G cell phones, developed cancerous heart tumors. There was also some evidence of tumors in the brain and adrenal gland of exposed male rats.

 

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The truth about mobile phone and wireless radiation by Dr. Devra Davis

What are the health effects of mobile phones and wireless radiation?

The truth about mobile phone and wireless radiation by Dr. Devra Davis.

In this Dean’s Lecture, epidemiologist and electromagnetic radiation expert, Dr. Devra Davis, will outline the evolution of the mobile phone and smartphone, and provide a background to the current 19 year old radiation safety standards (SAR), policy developments and international legislation. New global studies on the health consequences of mobile/wireless radiation will be presented, including children’s exposure and risks.

Video is courtesy of the The University of Melbourne YouTube channel

 

There is also a great Time Magazine article which discussed Dr. Devra Davis’s research into Wireless radiation. Click on this link to visit the Time.com website to read their posted article titled: “Health: A Cancer Muckraker Takes on Cell Phones“.

 

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Xylitol is used as a Sugar Substitute but is Extremely Toxic to Dogs

Xylitol is a sweetener which is used as a Sugar Substitute but is Extremely Toxic to Dogs. Xylitol could cause your Pet Dog’s Liver to fail and then death.

Video is courtesy of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration YouTube channel

Click on this link to visit the people.com website to read their post titled: “Dog Owners Need to Watch Out For Xylitol: Dog Dies After Eating Brownies With Sugar Substitute“.

 

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University of Guelph Researchers Unlock the Pain Relief Potential of Cannabis. Cannflavins exhibit anti-inflammatory activity that is thirty times that of Aspirin.

The research was done at the Canadian University of Guelph,  by Prof. Tariq Akhtar, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, along with MCB professor Steven Rothstein.

Click on this link to visit the University of Guelph to read their post titled: “U of G Researchers First to Unlock Access to Pain Relief Potential of Cannabis ”.

There are two ways to offer pain relief. One way is to essentially block the pain signals from reaching the Brain. That is how Opioids work. Along with the pain relieve may come Opioid addiction. Tens of thousands of people in the USA and Canada have died from Opioid addiction overdose.

This new research provides an alternative approach to pain relief. Instead of just blocking the pain receptors in the brain, this new approach would reduce the inflation which is the source of the pain. Opioids in contrast have no impact on the inflation, as they only block the pain signals.

The University of Guelph research has found that Cannflavins exhibit anti-inflammatory activity that is thirty times that of Aspirin. Cannflavins are derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant. One aspect of this not mentioned in the research  is the low cost to grow the Cannabis plants and hence potentially reducing the cost of producing the medication from the Cannabis Sativa plants.

Cannflavin A and B are Prenylated Flavonoids that are unique to Cannabis Sativa. So what is Cannabis Sativa?  Cannabis Sativa is a specific variety of Marijuana, Cannabis or sometimes referred to as Weed. Again the researches found that Cannflavins exhibit anti-inflammatory activity that is thirty times that of Aspirin.

 

Video is courtesy of the uofguelph YouTube channel

 

Prior to Cannabis being made legal in many US States and Canada and slowly around the Globe, there was little research being done on Cannabis. Why? Since it was illegal one had to jump thru hoops to get permission to do any kind of researched related to Cannabis. Also the variety of Cannabis was limited to what was being produced by a Government Sanctioned grow lab. Many have stated that the strain available for research was more akin to Hemp than Cannabis.

My interest in the Medical Potential for Cannabis varieties was sparked by research done at the University of Madrid by Cristina Sanchez. That research proved that THC, a component of certain varieties of Cannabis, did kill Cancer Cells. THC is the Psycho-Active ingredient of certain strains of Marijuana, which gets you high. Cannabis Sativa is one variety from which one can get THC.

In the following video, Cristina Sanchez presents data showing that whole-plant cannabis extracts (pure THC) are more potent than pure Cannabinoids in producing Anti-Tumor responses in cell culture and animal models of the different sub-types of Breast Cancer.

 

Video is courtesy of the Medicinal Genomic YouTube channel

 

Please note that the Prenylated Flavonoids discussed in this new research are “NOT” Psycho-Active and will not get you high.

Click on this link to visit the Science Direct site to read the published finding of the University of Guelph Research titled: “Biosynthesis of Cannflavins A and B from Cannabis sativa L“.

It is because Cannabis was made legal in Canada, that this kind of very important research could be done.

What bothers me is that this new research is based on findings from 1985 from the US Patent 6630507 about the medical potential of components of the Cannabis Plant. That US Patent expired on April 21, 2019 and so now anyone can use this info.

From the Abstract of the US Patent 6630507:

Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes Cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.

 

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Ringo Starr joined Paul McCartney on stage at Dodgers Stadium

Paul McCartney at 77 is still touring. The concert, of the USA portion of his Freshen Up Tour, was on Saturday, July 13 at Dodgers Stadium in the Elysian Park neighborhood of Los Angeles in California. Since Sept 2018 Paul McCartney and his band had played 39 concerts in Europe, North and South America and Asia. The Tour will continue into Canada later this year.

They performed for 3 hours – yes 3 hours. After the first song of the ending Encore, a special guest joined Paul and his current Band on stage. That was Ringo Starr. Ringo played a set of drums for 2 songs.

Video courtesy of the Variety YouTube channel

 For the last song, which has 3 guitar players, Joe Walsh came on stage to play. Simply awesome. Variety did a revue and shared some video clips. Paul is almost 77. Ringo turned 79 on July 07. Both looked fit and trim. To play in front of a packed Dodgers Stadium for 3 hours and not miss a beat is unreal. This was not a Milli Vanilli type of fake voice over concert. The concert was real and the sound from the videos is awesome. Wish I could have been there.

Video is courtesy of the Cal Vid YouTube channel

Click on this link to visit Variety’s website to read their review of the Final Concert of Paul McCartney’s “Frshen Up” Tour. Their post is titled: “Concert Review: Definitely We’re Amazed by Paul McCartney’s Blowout Dodger Stadium Show”.

Chis Willaims at Variety posted something after the concert was over. Click on this line to read that post titled: “Paul McCartney Brings Ringo Starr to the Stage for End-of-Tour Surprise”.

Again, I wish I had been there to see that concert.

Paul McCartney and his Band will perform four concerts in Canada, starting in September of 2019.

Paul McCartney Canadian Tour Dates 2019:

September 17: Quebec City, QC – the Videotron Centre
September 20: Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
September 28 – Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS Place
September 30 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place

 

Posted by Vincent Banial

CNE Bandshell Concerts 2019

The CNE is just around the corner in August. Lots to do there. In the evenings there are great Concerts held at the CNE Bandshell. The following is a list performers in 2019.  All Programming Subject to Change. Always confirm with the CNE when purchasing your tickets.

Fri Aug 16:
Spencer Burton
opens at around 7:30 pm
Burton Cummings and Band.

Sat Aug 17: Woodstock Tribute Weekend
A Little Piece of My Heart – Janis Joplin Tribute – starts at around 2:30 pm
Green River Revival – a CCR Tribute band – 3:30pm
Everyday People – Tribute to Sly and the Family Stone – 4:30pm
The Last Waltz – a tribute to the Band – 7:30pm

Sun Aug 18: Woodstock Tribute Weekend continues
Abraxas – tribute to Carlos Santana – 2:30pm
Mars Hotel – a tribute to The Grateful Dead – 3:30pm
Mad Dogs and the Englishman – tribute to Joe Cocker and Leon Russell – 4:30pm
Woodstock 50th Anniversary Band – 7:30pm

Mon Aug 19:
– in the evening The Standstills
will open at 7:30pm
– then Rival Sons will hit the Bandshell stage. They have toured with the Stones and GnR     

Video Courtesy of the RivalSons YouTube channel

Tue Aug 20:
Ryan James opening at 7:30pm
Johnny Orlando

Wed Aug 21:
Jay Douglas Opening at 7:30pm
Ken Boothe

Thu Aug 22:
Tyler Shaw and Delaney Jane – starts at 7:30pm

Fri Aug 23:
Cory James Mitchell Band open at 7:30pm
April Wine – they have been performing for 50 years.

Video courtesy of the UniDisc Music YouTube channel

Sat Aug 24:
Jann Arden performs – starting at 7:30pm

Sun Aug 25:
Meghan Patrick and Aaron Goodvin – starting at 7:30pm

Video courtesy of the Meghan Patrick YouTube channel

Mon Aug 26:
Logan Staats – opens at 7:30pm
Buffy Sainte-Marie

Tues Aug 27:
Boy Story – a Chinese Hip-Hop group – starting at 7:30pm

Wed Aug 28:
Ossie Gurley and The Truth opening – starting at 7:30pm
David Rudder and The Contraband

Thu Aug 29:
Dave Sampson opening – starting at 7:30pm
Howard Jones

Fri Aug 30:
Jon Vinyl Opens – starting at 7:30pm
MAGIC!

Video courtesy of the MAGIC! YouTube channel

Sat Aug 31:
Gabriela Bee opens – starting at 7:30pm
Walk Off The Earth

Sun Sept 01:
nêhiyawak opens – starting at 7:30pm
A Tribe Called Red

 

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Interview of Roger Stone discussing the Jeffrey Epstein case

Interview of Roger Stone discussing the Jeffrey Epstein case.

Video is courtesy of the NewsMax TV YouTube channel

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Review of Alex Acosta’s Epstein Excuses by 3 former Prosecutors courtesy of www.thedailybeast.com

The Daily Beast website arranged to get 3 former Prosecutors to go over Labor Secretary Acosta’s recent news media meeting.

Click on this link to visit the Daily Beast website to read their post titled: “

PUT HIM UNDER OATH

Acosta’s Epstein Excuses Are Nonsensical and Self-Serving”

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Perversion of Justice by JULIE K. BROWN of the Miami Herald. The Jeffrey Epstein case

Julie K. Brown of the Miami Herald did some incredible Investigative Journalism about the Jeffrey Epstein case. Her finding were published in late 2018. THANK YOU Julie K. Brown for all the work which you did on this.

Below are links to the Miami Herald articles. Links are scattered on Google and so I wanted to keep this all together.

A decade before #MeToo, a multimillionaire sex offender from Florida got the ultimate break.

How a future Trump Cabinet member gave a serial sex abuser the deal of a lifetime

Cómo un multimillonario de Palm Beach abusó de decenas de niñas y se salió con la suya
BY JULIE K. BROWN
 
Cops worked to put serial sex abuser in prison. Prosecutors worked to cut him a break
BY JULIE K. BROWN
 
Even from jail, sex abuser manipulated the system. His victims were kept in the dark
BY JULIE K. BROWN
 
Miami Herald Video Report with Alleged Victims stating what was allegedly done to them…
 
Miami Herald – Epstein’s Connections
 
Miami Herald – Jeffrey Epstein Timeline
 
Alex Acosta defends efforts to prosecute Jeffrey Epstein, doesn’t apologize to victims

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City in Florida pays $600,000 to Hackers, after a ransomware attack

River Beach is a small town in Florida, of less than 40,000 people. The City Council in Riviera Beach agreed to pay a $600,000 ransom to hackers who encrypted files on their computers. In hindsight it would have been cost effective to hire a couple of IT guys to go around and apply the Microsoft Security patches to all the computers used by River Beach.

Click on this link to visit The New York Times website to read their post titled: “Hit by Ransomware Attack, Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000″.

Ransomware attacks targeting small cities are prevalent and growing. Those cities which do not pay the ransom, may end up spending Millions of Dollars rebuilding their IT Systems. Click on this link to visit the Wired website to read their article titled: “ATLANTA SPENT $2.6M TO RECOVER FROM A $52,000 RANSOMWARE SCARE”.

When the Security Patches were being applied, the IT guys could also discuss Phishing emails as most people are not even aware what a Phishing email is. It is not just small cities that fall for Phishing emails. The accounting departments of huge Tech firms have sent out cheques worth Millions of dollars because of fake Phishing emails.

 

Video courtesy of the RT America YouTube channel

Many of the Ransomware attacks (such as WannaCry) used the Microsoft SMB vulnerability.

There was a prior Cert advisory titled: “Vulnerability Note VU#867968” (Microsoft Windows SMB Tree Connect Response denial of service vulnerability) was issued on Feb 02 2017.

In March Microsoft issued their Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-012 which addressed the SMB issue.

There was also an even earlier US-CERT Advisory posted on Jan 16 2017 titled: “SMB Security Best Practices”, which suggested “blocking outbound SMB connections (TCP ports 139 and 445 along with UDP ports 137 and 138) from the local network to the WAN. “. Port blocking can be done using your Firewall Software (or Hardware).

A number of attacked city systems had “not” updated “all” their computers with suggested Security Updates. Some of their Operating Systems and Server System software go back to days of Windows 7. The often quoted statement is that they did not have the IT resources to get Security Updates installed on all the computers.

One area which IMHO require more training is Phishing Attacks. That is the use of fake emails sent to emails which are part of a city’s system. The fake email will ask the receiver to click on a link. If the receiver clicks on the link they will link to one of the Hacker’s Command and Control Servers, which will then upload the Ransomware to the receiver’s computer. The Ransomware will be started and spread to the System Servers and to all the other computers. Once running on a computer, the Ransomware will start to Encrypt data files using a secret key. Next messages will pop up on infected computers telling them that their files have been encrypted and that they have so many days to pay a Ransom to get the key to be able to un-encrypt their files.

I recently posted the following article on this site which was titled: “Phishing eMail Scam targeted Facbook and Google for $100 Million Dollars.”.

If the main Servers have Security Updates installed then the Ransomware will not spread. Also, if the System Admins have been doing daily backups, they may be able to recover the Servers using their backup files. They would still have to deal with individual end user computers which were infected.

The “key” is training End Users to not open emails from unfamiliar people. If opened, then the end user should not click on any links and they should immediately contact their IT Support Team. Unfortunately in real life, that is easer said than done.

Click on the CYBERSECURITY box in the menu at the top of this site, to read more Security related posts.

 

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US Stock Market performance by Presidential Term in Office

Please checkout the Macrotrends website. They provide US Stock Market Historical performance charts and data.

The chart below, created by Macrotrends, is of the US Stock Market Performance during each US President’s Term in Office.

 

When you visit the Macrotrends site to view the chart, plse click on Bill Clinton’s name to include his results on the chart display. Also please scroll further down the page, as there is also a data chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average – Historical Annual Data. The Macrotrends site is a really helpful resource.

I posted this because of news about President Trump’s Twitter post from Jun 15 2019 posted at 6:44am: “The Trump Economy is setting records, and has a long way up to go….However, if anyone but me takes over in 2020 (I know the competition very well), there will be a Market Crash the likes of which has not been seen before! KEEP AMERICA GREAT.

There was a great post on Forbes.com by Chuck Jones, which is titled: “Two Charts Show Trump’s Job Gains Are Just A Continuation From Obama’s Presidency

 

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Have placed Sell order for my 1,000 shares of AAN at $59.60 per share.

I would normally try and sell in the final hour of regular trading. Have an sell order at $59.60 each, for my 1,000 shares of AAN – Aaron’s Inc.

Price has moved above the Upper Bollinger Band. It will in my opinion, retrace back to one of the moving averages. When that happens I may buy again. This was a low volume buy – picked it up over a month ago for $58.00 per share. Was looking good but then the Trump Tweets about China Tariffs messed up the Markets. It can come back. and so I figure that I’ll take out the Capital Gain of $1.60 per share.

Stock Chart of AAN - Aaron's Inc

Stock Chart of AAN – Aaron’s Inc. Chart created using Stockalyze

UPDATE: After posting this, I checked the price and it has gone down below the Low set at 10:24 am this morning. If I don’t get filled at $59.60 by 3pm today, I’ll cancel the sell order and will grab Market price after 3:30pm today. Figures that it dropped around Noon time when people leave for lunch. I normally stay away from trading between Noon to at least 2 pm. I like trading opening hour and closing hour can bring in awesome trades. That is also why the sell order was not an At Market order. I used to really enjoy Day Trading. Swing Trading can be rewarding, but it is hard to switch the Brain from Day Trading Mode. Like when the China Tariff Tweets tanked the Markets. It was hard to accept the price drops and tell myself that I was in the stocks for the longer term and you are not day Trading. Don’t know how Warren Buffet is able to do it…

Disclaimer: This post is not meant as Investment Advice, nor is it advice to buy or sell any shares in any company.. Do your own Due Diligence. Seek out the advice of your own financial and investment advisors before risking any funds in the Stock or Futures Markets. You can lose money and even all of it when investing at the Stock Market Casinos. This post is for my own educational purposes.

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Update on APHA and ZBISF Swing Trades

Two lesson so far. Be careful buying in May. If a stock was headed down and then reverses, maybe don’t buy the initial reversal breakout. Wait for the retest of the Low and then buy if it bounces back up.

Both APHA and ZBISF are Cannabis stocks. Bad news hit a lot of Cannabis stocks. The FDA held meetings and reports from the meetings were mixed. After those news reports, Cannabis stocks got hit – ACB for another  example. The mixed news about the FDA and the downside reaction was in my opinion premature. Looks like people have realized that and the prices are back to normal.

Still holding both APHA and ZBISF.

Stock Chart of APHA - Aphria Inc

Stock Chart of APHA – Aphria Inc. Chart create using Stockalyze.

Stock Chart of ZBISF - Zenabis Global Inc

Stock Chart of ZBISF – Zenabis Global Inc. Chart was created using Stockalyze

Disclaimer: This post is not meant as Investment Advice, nor is it advice to buy or sell any shares in any company.. Do your own Due Diligence. Seek out the advice of your own financial and investment advisors before risking any funds in the Stock or Futures Markets. You can lose money and even all of it when investing at the Stock Market Casinos. This post is for my own educational purposes.

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ZBISF Swing Trade Review

On May 30 I had purchased 1,000 shares of Zenabis Global Inc (ZBISF) at close at $1.255 per share. Why? To test my ideas for an “After Work” Swing Trading System. I believe the price could rise to the Resistance level around $1.49-$1.50. I’d sell at $1.45 to $1.47.

More immediate Resistance is at around $1.35. If the price moves up above $1.35 then it could head to the next Resistance and I will get out at $1.45-$1.47. Making 20 Cents per share on a stock trade is not a big deal. The key is to see if the system can find a stock worth buying.  If it works then you take the 20 Cents (only as an example) and rinse and repeat.

Stock Chart of ZBISF - Zenabis Global Inc

Stock Chart of ZBISF – Zenabis Global Inc. Chart created using AmiBroker.

 

Disclaimer: This post is not meant as Investment Advice, nor is it advice to buy or sell any shares in any company.. Do your own Due Diligence. Seek out the advice of your own financial and investment advisors before risking any funds in the Stock or Futures Markets. You can lose money and even all of it when investing at the Stock Market Casinos. This post is for my own educational purposes.

 

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