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Three CEOs resign from Trump council over Charlottesville response



On Monday Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier resigned stating his choice to step down from Trump’s Manufacturing Council was a matter of personal conscious, his detailed statement was posted on the official Merck account.

Following Frazier’s lead, the CEOs of Under Armour, and Intel have also stepped down from President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council—joining Merck in distancing themselves from the Trump administration, following Trump’s heavily criticized response to white nationalists’ rally in Charlottesville.

On late Monday, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank said that he was also stepping down from President Trump’s manufacturing job council:

Plank’s company Under Armour — which makes athletic gear endorsed by players including Tom Brady of the NFL’s New England Patriots and Stephen Curry of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors— joined the council “to have an active seat at the table” for discussions on how to spur manufacturing jobs.

“I am appreciative of the opportunity to have served, but have decided to step down from the council,” Plank said. “I love our country and our company and will continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity, and inclusion.”

I love our country & company. I am stepping down from the council to focus on inspiring & uniting through power of sport. – CEO Kevin Plank

— Under Armour (@UnderArmour) August 15, 2017

“I joined the American Manufacturing Council because I believed it was important for Under Armour to have an active seat at the table and represent our industry,” said the athletic company’s CEO, Kevin Plank, in a statement. “We remain resolute in our potential and ability to improve American manufacturing. However, Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics.”

While Plank referenced politics and noted he will work to “promote unity, diversity, and inclusion,” he did not directly reference the events in Virginia.

Joining CEOs Frazier and Plank, Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel was more pointed in a post on Intel website Policy@Intel in stating his decision to resign from the manufacturing council.

“I resigned to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues, including the serious need to address the decline of American manufacturing.”  “Politics and political agendas have sidelined the important mission of rebuilding America’s manufacturing base.”

“I have already made clear my abhorrence at the recent hate-spawned violence in Charlottesville, and earlier today I called on all leaders to condemn the white supremacists and their ilk who marched and committed violence,” wrote Krzanich.

“I resigned because I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them. We should honor—not attack—those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. I hope this will change, and I remain willing to serve when it does.”

Krzanich said his decision was also spurred by the desire to bolster manufacturing in the U.S., and that politics is hampering economic progress. “I resigned to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues, including the serious need to address the decline of American manufacturing. Politics and political agendas have sidelined the important mission of rebuilding America’s manufacturing base,” he added.

On Monday Merck CEO Ken Frazier announced his intention to step down from the council “as a matter of personal conscience.”

Frazier’s resignation would set into motion a hostile Tweet from Trump that would deflect from the events in Charlottesville.  Trump tweeted that Frazier’s resignation would give him “more time to lower ripoff drug prices.”

Trump remained steadfast on lashing out at the pharmaceutical giant Frazier by unleashing more criticism on late Monday—a few hours after denouncing hate groups.

Trump faced a firestorm over the weekend for his refusal to specifically denounce the KKK, neo-Nazis, and other racist groups after their rally in Charlottesville resulted in at least three people killed and dozens more hurt.

Despite Trump’s supporters stating that his statement was sufficient on Saturday, Many on both sides of the aisle argue that Trump’s statement over the weekend was far too ambiguous.

“This egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, many sides” was considered inadequate by numerous lawmakers, including some Republicans. Political opponents of Trump labeled it a “dog whistle” for far-right and extremist supporters.

Facing the backlash after the public outcry for a more implicit response to address hate groups, Trump finally addressed reporters from the Diplomatic Room of the White House on Monday afternoon by stating “Racism is Evil.”

“And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups,” Trump said but not before speaking about the economy’s success under his leadership and later leaving the room without taking questions from reporters.

According to CNBC’s reporting, two other companies on the council (GE and Dow Chemical) are speaking out about the racist rally.

“GE has no tolerance for hate, bigotry or racism, and we strongly condemn the violent extremism in Charlottesville over the weekend,” the company told CNBC. “With more than 100,000 employees in the United States, it is important for GE to participate in the discussion on how to drive growth and productivity in the U.S.; therefore, Jeff Immelt will remain on the Presidential Committee on American Manufacturing while he is the chairman of GE.”

Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris told CNBC that “in Dow, there is no room for hatred, racism or bigotry. Dow will continue to work to strengthen the social and economic fabric of the communities where it operates—including supporting policies that help create employment opportunities in manufacturing and rebuild the American workforce.”

By LeNora Millen    08-15-17

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Question Who You Are and Discover Your Purpose by Rose G. Shelton



From a kid, I was a wondering energy.  Confused about the contradictions in life I saw in the experiences of the beings around me.  The adults, politicians, community leaders, elders and religious heads that graced pulpits, stages and the television waves spoke one thing and lived lives opposing. Friends and neighbors holding onto religious ideologies and at the bottom of the food chain hoping for the truth to one day prove itself to be real and lift them up from the struggles of life.  Never seeing it happen, wishing for it in the bye and bye. And yet, these flawed philosophies were expected to inform me of my own belief system about me. I would find myself questioning humanity, religion, life itself.  The answers to my many questions, I could not find in the divergence of life playing out before my young eyes.  The antagonistic existence and inhumane norms I did not see change much throughout my life. 

So I allowed my mind to give me answers that made more sense than those given to me from the outside. When I say my mind, I mean my spirit.  Also known as God or the Universe.  He nor I care what it is called.  Names are limiting and worthless in context. I will leave the fight of naming to those seeking to be right in the fight of inconsistency. 

I studied this humanity I was a part.  Despite its established hierarchy, I was able to see greatness in the weak and weakness in the great.  I found love in those identified as unlovable and judgment in those considered full of love.  This confusion of this upside-down world led me to study further.  However, the hate and anger toward those that dared be different made me study in silence and not speak of what I assessed.  I did not believe my research findings as a child, would be pleasing to peers or adults alike.  The search outside of my mind for answers and lucidity ceased the older I got and the internal conversation intensified.  This is where I found freedom and my purpose. Inside of me.   No one was able to give it to me. No one was able to discover it for me. No one was able to touch it, no one but me.

I had a hard time accepting my eccentricity in a world that honored compliance and traditionalism.  I held that celebrating originality was not standard.  When discovered, there is always one looking for a way to destroy it in public view and quash all others fire. So, like many of you, I hid it and tried to live a conformed and normal life.  Whatever normal is.   The problem was when you are an idiosyncratic aware of your peculiar individuality; you become as contradictory and complex as everyone else around you.  You become what you are fearful of becoming.  Both you and the world; hiding, conforming, confused. Therefore, not living in authenticity.  Trapped in relationships with illustrious invalidity. 

I realized that I, as others, became defined by experiences, culture, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, tradition and society.  I decided to forsake the game life handed to me and walk in my own identity.  I no longer desired humanities conscious effort to ignore itself and redefine me.  I did not want religion, culture, society, ideology and the like to define, conform or inform me.  I let go.  I instead questioned every part of me and dug through the rubble of my identity to find myself.

There is an intrinsic truth we all hold waiting to be uncovered.  If we allow it to rise to the top, our purpose will become obvious.  Sometimes, your purpose is as simple as I am the one that wipes the eyes of the blind. Maybe you help the lame to walk.  Possibly you are the one that questions man’s intention and action with discerning inquiring.  Despite this likelihood, that unique insatiable vibration that we hold within is killed to be accepted by the blind, the lame and the unquestioned.  While the world remains in constant wanting, waiting for us to arise and shine in the full knowing of who we are.    We fail them because we neglect to ask the question that I ask you to answer today – Man, who are you?

To help you answer this question, I will tell you one of the ways I allowed the answer to come to me.  I close my eyes and stand in the darkness of my mind.  In this secret place of my mind, I have no religion, no family, no country, no ideology.  There is nothing. I am nothing definable.  I am vibration, energy, a movement in the universe that holds an intention that is diminished by words.  Yet, I can detect my place in this vastness.  I examine my intrinsic nature that has remained constant and true despite experiences and life itself.  I apprehend that I am a questioner that questions all things, and yet, I am the holder of answers.  I question because questioning brings me answers that faith cannot clarify or quantify. 

Since I have recognized and accepted this concept of myself, my life has felt freer and has more value.  I am solid in who I am and my purpose.  We all have our place and part to play. Without you playing your part, I and others, cannot fully achieve on our path.  We benefit from your greatness. 

With that said, what are the 8 questions to ask yourself right now to help discover who you are and gain clarity of your purpose.

1.     What informs your definition of who you are? 

2.     Are you defined by life’s stories, traumas, tragedy, money, career, family, religion, race, ethnicity or something intangible? 

3.     Who do you say you are, what is your 15 second elevator pitch of you?

4.     Is your speech about what you do, what you look like or something deeper?

5.     What fear keeps you from being uniquely you? 

6.     What comfort is there in conformity that you believe is not present in arising and shinning as the diamond that you are?

7.     If you could do anything in life for free and money was not an issue, what would it be?

8.     What do you find yourself doing in every area of your life naturally?




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Beyond the Bars: The life that we live is directly related to the decisions that we make- Morris Nance, JR Inmate #2104389250

Beyond the Bars: The life that we live is directly related to the decisions that we make- Morris Nance, JR Inmate #2104389250

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Beyond the Bars: The life that we live is directly related to the decisions that we make-

by Morris Nance, JR Inmate #2104389250

The life that we live is directly related to the decisions that we make.  We make choices and decisions every day of our lives.  Some small, and some big.  Some important, and some not so important.  It is critical that we continually remind ourselves that a single decision can bring major consequences with it.  The difficulty lies in the fact that it is not always clear to us which decisions are going to have the biggest impact on our lives.  I am as big of an example of this as anyone that I know of.
I’m twenty-six years old and I’m from Knoxville, TN.  I am currently serving a fifteen year sentence for aggravated robbery; a crime that I committed one month after my eighteenth birthday.  The night of my offense and arrest, I wouldn’t have guessed in a million years that I was on my way to prison for such a long period of my life.  It never even crossed my mind to contemplate the consequences or the decisions I was about to make.  Before that night I had never been to jail or been in any serious trouble in my life.  Following the wrong crowd and not thinking before making a terribly bad decision ultimately cost me fifteen years of freedom.  I sometimes shake my head thinking about past mistakes, but I never regret them.  I learn from them.
In closing, it is my opinion that the single worst decision that anyone can make is indecision.  If you do not take the time to think and make choices that will affect your life and others in a positive way, you will continue to follow a path of destruction and continually make the same mistakes that myself and others have already made.  There is a never ending supply of followers, but leaders are in high demand.
– Morris Nance, Jr.
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Star Cornerback Richard Sherman Bids Seahawks Farewell Upon Release From Team



Earlier today the Seattle Seahawks released cornerback Richard Sherman due mostly to the financial strain of maintaining his salary. There was a meeting between both parties today which the release indicates neither side could find common ground. Regardless of what was said, the team appeared to want to send Sherman off on a positive note.

“Thank you for helping win championships, shape our culture and define success in Seattle,” the team said in a public statement regarding Sherman.

“We love you and your unwavering competitiveness, confidence and fierce passion for football and life. For that, you will always be a Hawk!”

Sherman too seemed to want to leave the situation on a positive note, expressing his stance via twitter.


Unable to finish the 2017-2018 season due to a ruptured Achilles, Sherman’s health likely played at least a small factor in the decision, but all reports indicate Sherman is on track for a full recovery. A Super Bowl champion, three-time pro bowl and first team All-Pro player, as well as one of the outspoken leaders of the Seahawks defense, Sherman could be taking his talents elsewhere, but the Seahawks expressed their willingness to welcome Sherman back at a reduced price which still leaves the door open for a return.

There are a number of good fits available for Sherman. Sherman has history with some of the coaching staff for the Cowboys and Falcons, the Chargers aren’t too far from Sherman’s hometown and the 49ers could offer him a big payday. There are plenty of other options available, and while Sherman has jumped from saying he wants to play for a contender, to he’s willing to join and up and coming squad, his last statement of finding a team that’s comfortable with numbers to match sounds to have the most sound reasoning backing it.

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