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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Elderly Man Gunned Down Early Saturday in Roseland - DNAinfo.com Chicago

Elderly Man Gunned Down Early Saturday in Roseland - DNAinfo.com Chicago: ROSELAND — Neighbors of a 72-year-old Roseland man killed in an apparent robbery attempt Saturday morning remembered him as helpful and kind.

Aspartame Side Effects

Aspartame Side Effects: The components of aspartame can lead to a number of health problems, as you have read. Side effects can occur gradually, can be immediate, or can be acute reactions.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Americans see biggest one-month decline in income in 20 years - Mar. 1, 2013

Americans see biggest one-month decline in income in 20 years - Mar. 1, 2013: Feeling poorer?

Americans saw their income drop so dramatically in January that it marked the deepest one-month decline in 20 years.

Personal income decreased by $505.5 billion in January, or 3.6%, compared to December (on a seasonally adjusted and annualized basis). That's the most dramatic decline since January 1993, according to the Commerce Department.

Capitalistpig | Horror File: A Tax on Trade

Capitalistpig | Horror File: A Tax on Trade: America’s founding premise was man’s right to exist for his own benefit and happiness, neither being made a sacrifice to others nor demanding others sacrifice themselves to him. Politically, that meant a society based on trade: voluntary, mutually beneficial exchange. Thugs use force to get what they want. Rational people engage in free trade.

Twitter / CFlyJuice: #YouMightBeADictator if U sign ...

Twitter / CFlyJuice: #YouMightBeADictator if U sign ...

"Inauguration 2013: A Bad Lip Reading: — A Bad Lip Reading of Barack Oba...

Politico Misquotes Its Own Story to Push Obama Narrative on Sequester

Politico Misquotes Its Own Story to Push Obama Narrative on Sequester

Infidel Bloggers Alliance: "As in the Great Depression, millions are suffering unemployed—but this time they’re invisible”

Infidel Bloggers Alliance: "As in the Great Depression, millions are suffering unemployed—but this time they’re invisible”

Mort Zuckerman, presidential aide to SEVERAL presidents and Editor of US News and World reports, and not exactly a flaming right winger.
Why does this president REFUSE to consider any practical solution set outside his ABSURD ideology which is clearly not just failing, but causing the disintegration of those tendons which hold the USA together?
Why doesn’t he care for any other solution than a larger govt, collecting more taxes, and sending out more checks, controlled by growing administrative power?
We have all seen the ghost towns created when an in-town area is hit with the small blight as a mall opens where land for parking and concentration of shopping is available on the fringes. Too many times the towns unprofessional councils have responded by raising taxes and parking on the businesses and people left creating a death spiral which empties out the centers of formerly vibrant towns in less than a generation.
Low labor cost nations ARE the malls to the USA’s downtown.
And WE are stuck downtown.
Until we move.
ALSO.
The USA is an idea and if the idea is lost…. BYE. That IS how it will be.

Mort Zuckerman: The Jobs Picture Is Far Worse Than It Looks

As in the Great Depression, millions are suffering unemployed—but this time they’re invisible

We think of the iconic images of the Great Depression as representative of a uniquely miserable period, long vanished from American history. The bread lines and soup kitchens of those abnormal times have gone. So, too, has the sight of thousands of men (there were very few women among them then) waiting all day outside a factory in a forlorn quest for work.
But they’re there still, in the many millions across the country—little changed in their total since the 1930s: 12.3 million today are fully unemployed, compared to 12.8 million in 1933 at the depth of the depression. The difference is that now they’re invisible, because we’ve organized relief differently. In our “recovery,” the millions are being assisted, out of sight, by the government, through unemployment checks, Social Security disability checks, and food stamps. More than 47 million Americans are in the food stamp program, some 15 percent of the total population, compared with the 7.9 percent participation in food stamps from 1970 to 2000. Then there are the more than 11 million Americans who are collecting checks from Social Security to compensate for disability, a record. Half of them have signed on since President Obama came to office. Twenty years ago, one person was on disability for every 35 workers; today, the ratio is one for every 16. Such an increase is simply impossible to explain by disability experienced during employment, for it is inconceivable that work in America has become so much more dangerous. For many, this program is another unemployment program, only this time it is without end.

But the predicament of our times is worse than that, and worse in its way than the 1930s figures might suggest. Employers are either shortening the workweek or asking employees to take unpaid leave in unprecedented numbers. Neither those on disability nor those on leave are included in the unemployment numbers. The labor market, which peaked in November 2007 when there were 139,143,000 jobs, now encompasses only 132,705,000 workers, a drop of 6.4 million jobs from the peak. The only work that has increased is part-time work, and that is because it allows employers to reduce costs through a diminished benefit package or none at all.

There’s more.
Altogether, the broadest measure of unemployment today is approximately 14.5 percent, way above the 7.9 percent headline number you read about. The figure encompasses not only the unemployed but also the 8 million people who are employed part time because their hours have been cut back or because they have been unable to find a full-time job, and the more than 7 million people who have either stopped looking for work or are only “marginally attached” to the labor force.
Indeed, the labor force participation rate, which measures the number of people in the workforce and reflects discouraged workers who have dropped out, has dropped to the lowest level since 1984. If it were not for the dropouts, the formal unemployment rate would be around 9.8 percent. If the percentage of people looking for work now were the same as on the day that Obama was elected, the unemployment rate would be almost 11 percent.
Sometimes the announced employment numbers are not understood. January was supposed to have created 157,000 jobs, provoking relief and even enthusiasm. But that news was based on seasonally adjusted numbers. The real unadjusted figures show that 2.8 million jobs actually disappeared in January, slightly more than the 2.6 million lost last January. This new number of 157,000 was cheered, though it was less than the 311,000 of January 2012, because most commentators didn’t understand the effects of seasonal adjustment.
So there is no solace in the statistics.

One study by researchers at the American Enterprise Institute and the Center for Economic and Policy Research shows that a worker between the ages of 50 and 61 unemployed for over a year has only a 9 percent chance of finding a job in the next three months and only a 6 percent chance if he or she is 62 years or older. At the current growth rate, it will take almost seven years to restore the jobs lost. Jobseekers are only one third as likely to find a job as they were seven years ago, and a record number of households have at least one member looking for a job, which affects everyone. The recession has clearly shown that employers now think they can make do with fewer workers. Over 20 percent of companies now say that employment in their firms will not return to pre-recession levels

Thursday, February 28, 2013

THE PLOT IN YOU LYRICS

http://www.plyrics.com/lyrics/plotinyou/fictionreligion.html

I sold my soul for a conscious mind
Living on the other side of life
I just keep falling back faster and faster
The hands from below keep on pulling me under
I am living in between.

Can't seem to shut my brain off
I haven't slept , I keep waiting on a sign
I won't live a lie to give meaning to my life
I don't feel anything now
My hope and my faith let me down.

I will never be one of those creatures that lives so mundane.

To the ones who have never opened their minds past what they've been shown,
To every false prophet who claims an answer to what they cannot show,
Reality is coming quicker than you know.

Could you watch your children burn?

Yeah, you think you could, think you could yeah?
I don't think you could, no I don't think you could.
And that's the difference between you and him.

Can't seem to shut my brain off
I haven't slept , I keep waiting on a sign
I won't live a lie to give meaning to my life
I don't feel anything now
My hope and my faith let me down.

Twitter / billpostmus: The #sequester hits tomorrow, ...

Twitter / billpostmus: The #sequester hits tomorrow, ...

AP News: Actor Dale Robertson dies in California hospital

AP News: Actor Dale Robertson dies in California hospital: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Dale Robertson, an Oklahoma native who became a star of television and movie Westerns during the genre's heyday, died Tuesday. He was 89.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Louisiana Health Inspector Destroys Venison Donated to the Homeless - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Louisiana Health Inspector Destroys Venison Donated to the Homeless - Hit & Run : Reason.com: A Louisiana state health inspector poured bleach on 1,600 pounds of venison donated to a homeless shelter last month because the health department doesn’t recognize the group that provided it.

Hunters for the Hungry has gathered extra game—that might otherwise go to waste—and donated it to the needy for nearly 20 years. Before it reaches homeless shelters like the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Group, the meat is turned over to a state-licensed commercial processor.

REVOLUTION: Elizabeth Mitchell On Gang's Electrifying Mission - Seriable | Seriable

REVOLUTION: Elizabeth Mitchell On Gang's Electrifying Mission - Seriable | Seriable: It’s been known for a while now that Leslie Hope will enter NBC’s Revolution as President of the Georgia Federation — neighbors and rivals to the Monroe Republic. But how exactly do our heroes come into contact with her?

Supreme Court places National Security Agency above the law – Tenth Amendment Center Blog

Supreme Court places National Security Agency above the law – Tenth Amendment Center Blog: Yesterday, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decided, in a monumental 5-4 case, that the secrecy of government surveillance can perversely insulate dragnet warrantless wiretapping scheme from judicial review. In one fell swoop, the case effectively invites the government to continue spying on law-abiding Americans en masse, renders the judiciary institutionally complicit in constitutional violations, and places the National Security Agency (NSA) above the law.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

High Gas Prices Spring 2013 - Business Insider

High Gas Prices Spring 2013 - Business Insider: The U.S. saw unusually high gas prices in February, a month not known for being a driving season.

What's up?

The short answer is refinery maintenance and outages mostly related to preparations for the summer gasoline blend switch, according to AAA analyst Avery Ash. Refiners appear to be preparing for this switch earlier than usual, he said.

The long answer is that worldwide demand is heating up again, according to the EIA.

And the bad news for consumers is that prices historically start to tick up in the spring and don't go down until the beginning of summer. Check out this chart from AAA.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Get Ready For Obamacare's Medical Rationing - Forbes

Get Ready For Obamacare's Medical Rationing - Forbes

Florida needs more doctors for Medicaid expansion, lobby group says - Sun Sentinel

Florida needs more doctors for Medicaid expansion, lobby group says - Sun Sentinel: TALLAHASSEE Brace yourself for longer lines at the doctor's office.

Whether you're employed and insured, elderly and on Medicare, or poor and covered by Medicaid, the Florida Medical Association says there's a growing shortage of doctors — especially specialists — available to provide you with medical care.

And if the Florida Legislature goes along with Gov. Rick Scott's recommendation to offer Medicaid coverage to an additional 1 million Floridians — part of the Affordable Care Act that takes effect next January — the FMA says that shortage will only get worse.

"Florida needs more doctors and it needs more nurses, and it needs them working together in teams," said Rebecca O'Hara, a lobbyist for the FMA.

About 15 million Floridians have health insurance today, and Obamacare, which requires most adults to have coverage by January, could add as many as 2.5 million more. One million would come through a potential expansion of the federal-state Medicaid program that Scott announced this week he was backing. The others would be the result of new mandates requiring employers and individuals to have insurance or be fined.


Suitcase-sized satellite launched to hunt asteroids, space junk | Fox News

Suitcase-sized satellite launched to hunt asteroids, space junk | Fox News

All-time Texas snowfall record could be set in blizzard

All-time Texas snowfall record could be set in blizzard: DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) - Blizzard conditions slammed parts of the central Plains Monday, forcing the closure of highways in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and sending public works crews scrambling for salt and sand anew just days after a massive storm blanketed the region with snow.

FactCheck.org : Obama’s 77-Cent Exaggeration

FactCheck.org : Obama’s 77-Cent Exaggeration: A TV spot from the president’s reelection committee says women are “paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men.” That’s not true. The ad falsely states that the pay gap is for doing “the same work.” It also implies that discrimination by employers is responsible for the difference. That’s an exaggeration..

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Why I am Not a Conservative by F. A. Hayek

Why I am Not a Conservative by F. A. Hayek



2. The picture generally given of the relative position
of the three parties does more to obscure than to elucidate their true
relations. They are usually represented as different positions on a
line, with the socialists on the left, the conservatives on the right,
and the liberals somewhere in the middle. Nothing could be more
misleading. If we want a diagram, it would be more appropriate to
arrange them in a triangle with the conservatives occupying one corner,
with the socialists pulling toward the second and the liberals toward
the third. But, as the socialists have for a long time been able to pull
harder, the conservatives have tended to follow the socialist rather
than the liberal direction and have adopted at appropriate intervals of
time those ideas made respectable by radical propaganda. It has been
regularly the conservatives who have compromised with socialism and
stolen its thunder. Advocates of the Middle Way with no goal of their
own, conservatives have been guided by the belief that the truth must
lie somewhere between the extremes—with the result that they have
shifted their position every time a more extreme movement appeared on
either wing.

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