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ISRA Executive Directors Message

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – October 26, 2017

 

Executive Directors Message

As most of you know, the action in Springfield is hot and heavy right now.  HB4117 is fraught with problems for gun owners.  HB4117 purports to ban “Bump Stocks” but actually does much more.  This bill applies to all firearms, not just semi-automatic firearms.  Among those are single barrel shotguns, double barrel shotguns, bolt action rifles, pistols and revolvers.  HB4117 is not about converting firearms to machine guns although that is what the sponsors would like you to believe. The language is so broad that changing a trigger in your 1911 would be a class 2 felony, an action job on your revolver would be a class 2 felony, putting a match trigger in anything would be a class 2 felony, and putting a “speed slide” on your Glock would be a class 2 felony.  If you are caught transporting them, the penalties go up.  This bill turns most gun owners into felons.  HB4117 is in effect, a gun ban.  Remember there are over 2,211,000 gun owners who go through a background check every night; if you are a concealed carry licensee you get another one. Yet, the anti-gunners want to turn you into felons.
UPDATE:  HB4117 did not pass today (48 yea, 54 nay votes).  Please be aware that we will be facing these kinds of anti-gun bills in the future.
Speaking of anti-gunners, many of you are familiar with Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly.  They formed an anti-gun group known as “Americans for Responsible Solutions”.  They recently changed the name of their outfit to the “Giffords”.  Whatever they call themselves doesn’t matter; their goal is still the same.  Recently some members of the Illinois House and Senate have been getting calls from Mark Kelly personally, verbally twisting the arms to vote for anti-gun legislation, namely SB1657.  The point for everyone to take from this is the anti-gun crowd is turning up the heat.  We will see more of this.
Many people do not understand what a lobbyist does, in particular, a pro-gun lobbyist.  Let me explain. A pro-gun lobbyist works for things you never knew you needed, defends against things you never knew existed, in conditions that are a mixture of espionage and palace intrigue.  The pro-gun lobbyist must not only take today’s political conditions into consideration but also must anticipate what may happen in the next two elections.
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Source: Will County News

You Won’t Believe What’s Redefining an Entire Industry

You Won’t Believe What’s Redefining an Entire Industry
Monica Savaglia Photo By Monica Savaglia
Written Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Everything we know about the grocery industry is changing, and it’s all thanks to new technologies that continue to transform the stale industry into something easier, more reliable, and more convenient…

Not only for you as a consumer, but for the companies involved with supplying groceries to you and your family as well.

Over the weekend I was making dinner for a couple friends, and I had to pick up a few items. Personally, I dread going to the grocery store, especially on the weekend. It’s busy, and a lot of the items I’m looking for are gone or in the process of being restocked. Then, when it’s time to check out with the few items I grabbed, I have to wait for what feels like an eternity for the few people in front of me to self-check their full cart. And usually I’m a very patient person!

Self-checkout is a recent technology implemented in the grocery store, and I’ve noticed it’s become the preferred method of paying for items. The first supermarket self-checkout system was installed in 1992, and since then it has been the most exciting and revolutionary thing to hit to the grocery industry…

Until now.

A New Way to Get Your Groceries

In the past few years, emerging technologies have begun to make our lives easier and significantly cut down the time we have to spend on mundane tasks (like grocery shopping) that take us away from truly enjoying our lives.

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has been the leader in home delivery. Its Prime membership offers two-day shipping, even one-hour shipping when possible. Home delivery allows people to order online and not have to worry about leaving the comfort of their home.

Amazon’s success in home delivery has other companies following in its footsteps. Over the summer, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) started testing different home delivery services to determine what would be most effective for its customers. Costco (NASDAQ: COST) partnered with the company Shipt to begin its home delivery services. It plans on expanding to 50 additional markets by the end of this year.

One of the largest grocery chains in the U.S., Kroger (NYSE: KR), has been using customer analytics to help improve its business. Inside Kroger’s nearly 2,800 stores, it has been using cameras and infrared sensors to improve checkout efficiency and better understand foot traffic.

Data analytics helps collect and analyze data on what the customer is doing. The company wants to attract customers to products they’ll be interested in so they’ll buy more.

Digital currencies and the blockchain technology that’s involved is one technology that’s been redefining the way we see the grocery industry.

Leading grocery stores have started to use blockchain technology to make sure they’re only supplying the freshest contamination-free food.

Trying to track down the exact moment of food contamination has been one of the most difficult tasks for food companies and suppliers. Typically, it takes weeks to discover which food product has to be recalled, and by that time there’s an even bigger risk that it’s already infected customers.

IBM has partnered with Wal-Mart, Nestlé, Dole, Tyson Foods, and Kroger to use blockchain technology to be able to track food through the global supply chain.

Recently, one of Wal-Mart’s top food safety executives said in a video published by the retailer, “Imagine if we could pinpoint with certainty within minutes, not days.” With this kind of technology, money, and time, the health risk will drop dramatically.

Blockchain will unify farmers, processors, distributors, and retailers into an organized system. Right now, every group involved in a food supply chain is using different ways to document and track products, which makes it a long and tedious process to find out where and how a product got contaminated — not to mention the other products that could have been affected.

Blockchain technology was originally designed to monitor digital currencies, but now it’s shining a new light on the grocery industry.

Digital Currencies Are Also Freshening Up This Industry

If you’ve been following the news, you’ve probably heard about the popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin and how it’s been seeing a huge surge in the last few months. On October 23, 2017, it was at $5,895.30, an increase of 446% since March 31, 2017, when the price sat at $1,079.63.

Back in July 2010, Bitcoin was only at $0.06. Now look at it! Imagine being able to foresee the type of success and profits it was going to have in 2017. If you were to invest $500 into Bitcoin in 2010, your investment would be worth more than $337 million today.

Bitcoin might have been a little “behind its time” back in 2010, and most people most likely didn’t understand the technology or weren’t willing to adopt it.

But now it’s 2017, and we’re living in a different time… a time when we’ve become more receptive to and accepting of new technologies and the benefits they could have on our daily lives.

Grocery stores have now been accepting cryptocurrencies as a form of payment. They’re quicker and more secure. We’ve been hearing almost weekly about data breaches, so the idea of a new (and secure) form of payment is really great news! We’ll no longer have to worry about our credit/debit card numbers being stolen or have to get a new credit/debit card in the mail every few months because our bank believes it might have been compromised.

In the world of digital currencies, Bitcoin has had the most success and continues to rise. But Bitcoin is not the only option out there… and the profit potential is just getting started. Right now, a number of other cryptocurrencies are showing very similar characteristics to Bitcoin when it first started out.

The grocery industry is a huge constant in our lives, and it won’t be the only industry that will benefit from digital currencies. Here’s a way to get in.

Until next time,

Monica Savaglia
Wealth Daily

Source: Will County News

IL. State Rep. Batinick statement on Prompt Payment Act bill override

News From

State Representative Mark Batinick

 

For Immediate Release                                                                Contact: Debbie Kraulidis

October 26, 2017                                                                                            (815) 254-0000

 

Batinick statement on Prompt Payment Act bill override

 

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) made the following statement after voting to override the Governor’s veto of House Bill 3143, legislation to add teen treatment providers to the Prompt Payment Act.

 

“Several social services were not eligible for the Prompt Payment Act. That created the perverse incentive to put those bills to the back of the line. In times of crisis, groups eligible for the Prompt Payment Act are able to sell their invoices to third party investment groups. This allows them to get the vast amount of the invoice paid immediately. It allows social services such as teen treatment providers to continue to operate in times of crisis. Currently, social services like these are not eligible for the prompt payment interest. Therefore, they can’t sell their invoices and get any of their money. This forced many groups to have to close their doors or significantly lower their ability to operate. The long-term cost of not passing this bill out-weighed the financial gain of not having to pay a fee on late payments.”

 

The vote on the override was 73-41. The bill now goes to the Senate which will consider whether to override the veto.

 

Source: Will County News

Somali Who Executed Canadian Terror Attack Entered U.S. Via Mexico

Somali Who Executed Canadian Terror Attack Entered U.S. Via Mexico: Judicial Watch

The Somali terrorist who stabbed a law enforcement officer in Canada and ran over four civilians with his car actually came across the American borders from Mexico — illegally.

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif was then released by the Department of Homeland Security under Barack Obama’s watch, and was freed to travel north to Canada.

ISIS operative, Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, made his way across America’s borders into Canada, where he stabbed an officer and used a truck to run over four pedestrians.

That’s after he had been ordered deported.

Judicial Watch confirmed the details of the horrific terrorist attack in a recent post.

From Judicial Watch:

The Somali terrorist who stabbed a Canadian police officer and ran over four pedestrians a few weeks ago entered the United States through the Mexican border and was released by Obama’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS), allowing him to continue his journey north. The ISIS operative, Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, was ordered deported, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokeswoman told various media outlets recently, but was released on an “order of supervision” and the feds never saw him again.

Sharif entered the U.S. in 2011 through the San Ysidro port of entry in California without documentation and was briefly held at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, a local newspaper reported. A year later he crossed the border into Canada and settled in Edmonton after being granted refugee status. On September 30 he slammed into an Edmonton police officer with his car then got out of the vehicle and repeatedly stabbed the cop with a knife. After fleeing the scene, Sharif stole a truck and deliberately mowed down four pedestrians. Canadian authorities found an ISIS flag in his car and have charged him with multiple counts of attempted murder, criminal flight causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon. Two years ago, Canadian authorities investigated the 30-year-old terrorist for espousing extremist views. It’s disturbing that Sharif’s northbound trek took him through the U.S.-Mexico border.

As part of an ongoing investigation into cartels, corruption and terrorism, Judicial Watch has for years reported that Islamic extremists are entering the country through Mexico and that ISIS is operating in border towns just miles from American cities. Judicial Watch launched the project in 2014 by exposing a sophisticated narco-terror ring with strong ties to ISIS and connections running from El Paso to Chicago to New York City. Two of the FBI’s most wanted were embroiled in the operation that also had deep ties to Mexico. Less than a year later, Judicial Watch reported that ISIS is operating in a Mexican border town just eight miles from El Paso, the result of Islamic terrorists joining forces with drug cartels and human smugglers knowns as “coyotes.”

When Judicial Watch reported that Mexican cartels were smuggling foreigners from countries with terrorist links into a small Texas rural town, federal authorities publicly denied the story was true. Never the less, high-level sources on both sides of the border confirmed to Judicial Watch that foreigners, classified as Special Interest Aliens (SIA), were being transported to stash areas in Acala, a rural crossroads located around 54 miles from El Paso on a state road – Highway 20. Once in the U.S., the SIAs waited for pick-up in the area’s sand hills just across Highway 20. At the time a Texas Department of Public Safety report leaked by the media had already confirmed that for years members of known Islamist terrorist organizations had been apprehended crossing the southern border.

Last year a high-ranking DHS official told Judicial Watch that Mexican drug traffickers help Islamic terrorists stationed in Mexico cross into the United States to explore targets for future attacks. Among the jihadists that travel back and forth through the porous southern border is a Kuwaiti named Shaykh Mahmood Omar Khabir, an ISIS operative who lives in the Mexican state of Chihuahua not far from El Paso. Khabir trained hundreds of Al Qaeda fighters in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen and has lived in Mexico for more than a year, according to information provided by Judicial Watch’s government source. Now Khabir trains thousands of men—mostly Syrians and Yemenis—to fight in an ISIS base situated in the Mexico-U.S. border region near Ciudad Juárez, the intelligence gathered by Judicial Watch’s source reveals. Staking out U.S. targets is not difficult and Khabir actually bragged in an Italian newspaper article that the border region is so open that he “could get in with a handful of men, and kill thousands of people in Texas or in Arizona in the space of a few hours.” In the same article Mexico’s top diplomat, Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz, said “this new wave of fundamentalism could have nasty surprises in store for the United States.”

While much of the American mainstream media ignores that Sharif made it to Canada via the U.S.-Mexico border, it’s hardly surprising considering Islamic extremists have been infiltrating the country through the famously unprotected region for years. Referring to the recent Canadian attack, a think-tank dedicated to investigating the operations, funding, activities and front groups of Islamic extremists worldwide writes: “Fears about a terrorist using the U.S.-Mexican border as a gateway for an attack have been realized.”

Source: Will County News