WEFOUNDSpeech of Mr. Mercer, in Reply to a Motion of Mr. Rives, of Virginia, to Strike From the Military Appropriation Bill (Classic Reprint)


Mega industrialists Charles and David Koch , powerful investor Paul Singer and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson all gave millions of dollars to support conservative candidates, helping the GOP take control of the Senate and add to their House majority.

Better known as "Bob," Mercer is co-head of Renaissance Technologies, a secretive hedge fund firm that manages $25 billion using fast-trading computer programs from its headquarters in a quiet hamlet on Long Island.

Thanks both to looser campaign finance rules and his promotion to help lead one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Mercer has quietly become a major player in politics since 2010. He donated more than $8 million this election cycle alone, putting him behind only Singer as the second-largest Republican booster . And Mercer was fourth overall regardless of party after hedge fund manager-turned environmentalist Tom Steyer and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

The prospect of becoming a politician wasn't particularly appealing for Johnny Mercer and it was a career move that "disappointed" his wife.

He says he belongs to a generation that has "very little faith" in the political class. Such was his disengagement that, until he became an MP two years ago, he'd never voted in an election.

Even now, when asked if he's a politician, he balks at the idea and jokes: "That's not really a term people are going to queue up to get is it? I would hate to say yes but I suppose I'm a Member of Parliament so yes, I guess in some ways I may be."

Mega industrialists Charles and David Koch , powerful investor Paul Singer and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson all gave millions of dollars to support conservative candidates, helping the GOP take control of the Senate and add to their House majority.

Better known as "Bob," Mercer is co-head of Renaissance Technologies, a secretive hedge fund firm that manages $25 billion using fast-trading computer programs from its headquarters in a quiet hamlet on Long Island.

Thanks both to looser campaign finance rules and his promotion to help lead one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Mercer has quietly become a major player in politics since 2010. He donated more than $8 million this election cycle alone, putting him behind only Singer as the second-largest Republican booster . And Mercer was fourth overall regardless of party after hedge fund manager-turned environmentalist Tom Steyer and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

The prospect of becoming a politician wasn't particularly appealing for Johnny Mercer and it was a career move that "disappointed" his wife.

He says he belongs to a generation that has "very little faith" in the political class. Such was his disengagement that, until he became an MP two years ago, he'd never voted in an election.

Even now, when asked if he's a politician, he balks at the idea and jokes: "That's not really a term people are going to queue up to get is it? I would hate to say yes but I suppose I'm a Member of Parliament so yes, I guess in some ways I may be."

Speech recognition research and development has been going strong at IBM for almost 50 years. Throughout that time, more than 200 IBMers have contributed to the significant advancements in this field. Here are some of the key players over the years, as well as the IBM employees who are currently working in the field at IBM Research labs around the world.

IBM engineer William C. Dersch developed the Shoebox at IBM’s Advanced Systems Development Division Laboratory in San Jose, California. He personally demonstrated the Shoebox at the IBM Pavilion of the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle.

Genung L. Clapper was an IBM Fellow and speech recognition researcher, who pioneered the art of voice recognition in many ways and earned several patents throughout the 1960s and ’70s for his inventions related to speech recognition. At one time, he had more patents than any other IBM employee.

Mega industrialists Charles and David Koch , powerful investor Paul Singer and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson all gave millions of dollars to support conservative candidates, helping the GOP take control of the Senate and add to their House majority.

Better known as "Bob," Mercer is co-head of Renaissance Technologies, a secretive hedge fund firm that manages $25 billion using fast-trading computer programs from its headquarters in a quiet hamlet on Long Island.

Thanks both to looser campaign finance rules and his promotion to help lead one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Mercer has quietly become a major player in politics since 2010. He donated more than $8 million this election cycle alone, putting him behind only Singer as the second-largest Republican booster . And Mercer was fourth overall regardless of party after hedge fund manager-turned environmentalist Tom Steyer and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.


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