Power and Influence

The term “influence”, like many other term in political science, is itself a source of considerable controversy.
Some scholars have used “power” and “influence” interchangeably, while others have stressed their differences.
As the eminent political scientist, Robert Dahl, rightly acknowledged , “one writer’s influence is another’s power .
We can generally say, however, that political influence is just a form of power, less in degree than domination and admit that the distinction between influence and dominance cannot be made very clear-cut.


Amazon will pay $0 in taxes on $11,200,000,000 in profit for 2018

While some people have received some surprise tax bills when filing their returns, corporations continue to avoid paying tax — thanks to a cocktail of tax credits, loopholes, and exemptions.
According to a report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), Amazon (AMZN) will pay nothing in federal income taxes for the second year in a row.
Thanks to the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), Amazon’s federal tax responsibility is 21% (down from 35% in previous years). But with the help of tax breaks, according to corporate filings, Amazon won’t be paying a dime to Uncle Sam despite posting more than $11.2 billion in profits in 2018.

Briefly about the main events of the day

“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.”

💬 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Briefly about the main events of the day

🔴 Airbus warns of no-deal Brexit, says has spent tens of millions preparing.

🔴 Russia’s Gazprombank freezes accounts of Venezuela’s PDVSA.

🔴 Qatar aims to build $20 billion sports sector ahead of World Cup.

🔴 ECB’s Rehn sees euro zone economy weakening.

🔴 European car imports no threat to U.S. national security.

🔴 Nissan panel to recommend outside director to chair board.

🔴 Canada’s Freeland pushes end of steel, aluminium tariffs in meeting with Pelosi.

Robinhood Launches Banking Services

Fintech startup Robinhood Financial LLC today announced that customers can sign up for access to a Checking & Savings product, which will be available as part of their free-trades brokerage services. The company makes money primarily from interest on customer cash balances.
Upon logging in to the app, customers are now greeted with an invitation to apply for the banking capabilities. The accounts pay a 3% annual interest rate, which is certainly a loss leader at the present time, and there are no fees for the customer.
Robinhood says it can offer the high rate of interest due to splitting the revenue it receives from MasterCard whenever a debit card is used.

How Satan Tempts Us

“He will show you how to escape from your temptations.” 1Co 10:13 CEV

Satan tried to get Jesus to succumb to three different kinds of temptation, and he’ll try the same with you: (1) Satisfaction without God. Knowing Christ was hungry, Satan told Him to turn stones into bread. But Jesus said no because He knew God’s plan was to feed and strengthen Him supernaturally; He refused to settle for less—and you must too. (2) Success without God. Satan then took Jesus to the top of the temple and told Him to jump off, saying God would send angels to protect Him. But God’s plan for Jesus was the cross, the resurrection, and the multitudes who would come to believe in Him. Satan tried to get Jesus to settle for less, and he’ll try the same with you. Don’t take the bait! (3) Significance without God. Satan offered Jesus the kingdoms of this world if only He’d bow down and worship him. What an offer! Significance without God! But the fact is, the kingdoms of this world weren’t Satan’s to offer! So he lied to Jesus—and he will lie to you too. The way to lasting satisfaction is the way of the cross, which means sacrificing yourself. Jesus rebuked Satan with a reminder from Scripture that God alone is worthy to be glorified. Understand this: Satan will take every legitimate desire you have and try to get you to fulfill it in an illegitimate way. But you can overcome him. How? By staying close to God and living in His Word, “He will show you how to escape from your temptations.”

Most stressful jobs, 2017.

1. Enlisted Military Personnel
2. Firefighter
3. Airline pilot
4. Police officer
5. Event coordinator
6. Newspaper reporter
7. Senior Corporate Executive
8. Public relations executive
9. Taxi driver
10. Broadcaster