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John Posey 'Had To Pee' All Over Radio Shack Equipment: Cops

John Posey 'Had To Pee' All Over Radio Shack Equipment: Cops

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 12:41:26 in Weird News

“Fox news should help him out.”
Bill Gates-Funded Startup Hampton Creek Foods Aims To Replace Eggs

Bill Gates-Funded Startup Hampton Creek Foods Aims To Replace Eggs

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 09:59:47 in Technology

“This reminds me of something.”

drmike15 on Dec 9, 2013 at 10:23:46

“LOL. It does indeed . . .”
Drug Defendants Are Being 'Forced' To Plead Guilty, Report Claims

Drug Defendants Are Being 'Forced' To Plead Guilty, Report Claims

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 03:20:26 in Politics

“A good number of people go to prison for rather minor possession or drug use. Those are not in any reasonable sense criminals (do you think smokers are), but society effectively encourages them to take that path, by "teaching" them in prison, and locking them out of good jobs and social participation afterwards.

The US prison system is not merely used in its "justice" and "custody" functions, but as a tool of social "management" to "address" the consequences of shortcomings in social policy. The (actual) crime does not spring into existence out of nowhere. From this perspective, they're customers requiring some, errr, behavioral modification. And, the more customers there are, the better.”
Climate Change's Biggest Threats Are Those We Aren't Ready For: Report

Climate Change's Biggest Threats Are Those We Aren't Ready For: Report

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 08:48:55 in Green

“"Spreading Fear By US Media" new title

You have to go to news outlet outside the US to get the REAL story.

"The sun's magnetic field is about to flip upside down as it reverses its polarity.

In August Nasa said the reversal would happen in three to four months time, although that it would be impossible to pinpoint a more specific date.

Solar physicist Todd Hoeksema from Stanford University said that the reversal would have "ripple effects" across the whole of the solar system.

According to Nasa the sun's magnetic field changes polarity approximately every 11 years. Scientists say that cosmic rays can also affect the Earth's climate and level of cloudiness.

In comparison the last time the Earth's magnetic field flipped was almost 800,000 years ago."

Now for some sarcasm, LOL
Can't believe the government isn't doing something about the sun - it's contributes so much to global warming it's a scandal. The sun is a dangerous thermo-nuclear reaction, should be replaced with a nice windmill. So much safer.”

ubrew12 on Dec 4, 2013 at 08:53:13

“Soylent Green, based on a novel from 1965, projected a future, in 2022, when Global Warming and other pollutant problems had destroyed much of the biosphere, and where the oceans had died, so Soylent Green was no longer based on ocean plankton...

Two years ago, scientists realized that SINCE that novel was published, about 40% of the plankton in the ocean food chain had gone missing.”

digital on Dec 4, 2013 at 08:53:12

“Anything that is safer than the currently technology we are using, is better.

I get your point.”
Paul LePage Pushing To Loosen Maine's Child Labor Laws In 2014

Paul LePage Pushing To Loosen Maine's Child Labor Laws In 2014

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 18:48:59 in Politics

“I wouldn't want to be him if a child dies at work. He better have a deep hole to hide in if it passes.”
Texas Board Of Ed Votes To Drop Algebra II Mandate

Texas Board Of Ed Votes To Drop Algebra II Mandate

Commented Nov 24, 2013 at 05:57:53 in Politics

“Don’t blame Americans. Blame their masters. I paraphrase Gore Vidal here:

“Americans are not stupid. Just ignorant. And kept that way.””
CEOs With 1,200 Times Your Retirement Savings Want To Cut Social Security

CEOs With 1,200 Times Your Retirement Savings Want To Cut Social Security

Commented Nov 19, 2013 at 08:37:04 in Business

“CEOs are normally not inventors of major industries. They are basically hired hands who have politicked their way into corporate power. They are just another worker unless they created the industry. True entrepreneurs deserve to profit from their risk-taking. CEOs who have not been the primary force behind creating an industry do not deserve more that 10 to 15 times what an average worker makes in the corporation. They can be replaced just like any other worker. They have done nothing to make jobs and a better economy. In many cases greedy executives give themselves raises and bonuses when their company is going bankrupt. Witness the greed in Enron for example. GM,...and a host of other corporations have CEOs that are given outlandish salaries despite their corporations losing money.

Basically, it is greed that comes with power to name one's own salary that causes the Exxon mobil CEO to give himself a 400 million dollar retirement package. Simply put, he is not worth any thing more than a retirement package like government chiefs get. Government executives are allowed 80 percent of their regular salary which is controlled by law so as not to be unduly exorbitant. There is no control over the greed of CEOs in the USA. Some nations have restrictions on how much compensation a CEO can be paid.”

troutster on Nov 19, 2013 at 14:07:06

“Executive compensation in the US is totally outta whack with the rest of the world. It's a good ol boy club where you sit on board of directors and I sit on yours, and we vote each other a pay raise. It steals from the corporation, its employees and its shareholders. Theft with a gold ballpoint pen.”

hp blogger Roger Wright on Nov 19, 2013 at 10:03:20

“Excellent point on the role of the CEO that often goes unnoticed.”
Walmart Store Holding Thanksgiving Food Drive For Its Own Workers

Walmart Store Holding Thanksgiving Food Drive For Its Own Workers

Commented Nov 19, 2013 at 00:13:10 in Business

“Of course it's the New Normal.

But what if the world we’ve been living in for the past five years is the new normal? What if depression-like conditions are on track to persist, not for another year or two, but for decades?'

'We have ... an economy whose normal condition is one of inadequate demand — of at least mild depression — and which only gets anywhere close to full employment when it is being buoyed by bubbles.' ...

Now yer gettin' it.

'Inadequate demand' is fancy words
for being too poor to afford more stuff,
or mebbe just having enuf stuff already,
not necessarily food stuff however,
or heat stuff.

But it's not *structural* however, nohow.

Actually, we get close to 'full enthusiasm'
with bubbles, certainly not full employment.
Otherwise, a noticeable lack of economic
viability out there.”
Moody's Downgrades Major U.S. Banks Citing Likely End Of Government Bailouts

Moody's Downgrades Major U.S. Banks Citing Likely End Of Government Bailouts

Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 23:33:54 in Business

“No bailout this time ! Moody sees the writing on the wall. Game over.”

Malcontent21 on Nov 15, 2013 at 00:31:48

“Bail-ins are next.”
Janet Yellen Shames Congress For Austerity, Being Terrible

Janet Yellen Shames Congress For Austerity, Being Terrible

Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 23:28:51 in Business

“Naked Capitalism today
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Wikileaks Disclosure of Trade Deal Chapter Shows It Will Kill People and Internet; House Opposition is Widespread

We posted on the New York Times news story that opposition in the House to authorization of “fast track” authority to the Administration on its pending Pacific and Atlantic trade deals was stiffening right just before a related story broke: that Wikileaks had disclosed the end of August draft of one of the critical chapters of one of the deals.

We wrote yesterday that this deal, the Trans Pacific Partnership, already looked to be in trouble given both Congressional and foreign opposition. The Administration has conducted the talks with an unheard-of degree of secrecy, with Congressional staffers in most cases denied access to the text and even Congressmen themselves facing unheard-of obstacles (Alan Grayson reported that the US Trade Representative created an absurd six weeks of dubious delays in his case). But perversely, 700 corporate representatives got privileged access so they could influence negotiations. It’s not hard to see whose interests are really being served in these deals.”

ddDinah on Nov 15, 2013 at 07:05:50

“Congress OR so they claim, know little to nothing about the 'FAST TRACK' TPP. I'd say it's high time ISSA did something about this. Ya know, we've been screaming JOBS for how many years now and behind our backs another JOB STEALING free trade agreement has been in the works. I am very mad. Call your Congressmen.”
Janet Yellen Shames Congress For Austerity, Being Terrible

Janet Yellen Shames Congress For Austerity, Being Terrible

Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 22:05:27 in Business

“The famous Citigroup memo for 2006 was telling the truth saying: The U.S.,UK, and Canada are the key Plutonomies - economies controlled by the wealthy, As Professor Ha-Joon Chang noted none of that was accidental nor the actions of misguided honest politicians.

"RISKS -- WHAT COULD GO WRONG?
Our whole plutonomy thesis is based on the idea that the rich will keep getting richer. This thesis is not without its risks. For example, a policy error leading to asset deflation, would likely damage plutonomy. Furthermore, the rising wealth gap between the rich and poor will probably at some point lead to a political backlash. Whilst the rich are getting a greater share of the wealth, and the poor a lesser share, political enfranchisement remains as was -- one person, one vote (in the plutonomies). At some point it is likely that the 99% will fight back against the rising profit share of the rich and there will be a political backlash against the rising wealth of the rich. This could be felt through higher taxation on the rich (or indirectly though higher corporate taxes/regulation) or through trying to protect home-grown laborers, in a push-back on globalization -- either anti-mmigration, or protectionism. We don’t see this happening yet, though there are signs of rising political tensions. However we are keeping a close eye on developments.

Link Below,”
Skyrocketing Health Care Costs Aren't Grandma's Fault

Skyrocketing Health Care Costs Aren't Grandma's Fault

Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 21:31:32 in Business

“Roughly, the U.S. spends nearly twice as much as peer nations to obtain the same outcomes.

And most of that comes from our higher overhead costs, *not* by overtreatment. Insurance companies, even under new Obamacare regulations, are allowed to have 30% overhead. In addition, providers easily spend 20% of their income on the overhead needed to deal with insurance companies (e.g. billing, prior authorizations, fighting denials, etc.).

The dirty secret of public health programs is that most of the savings they get is from reducing administrative costs by cutting out the middle man (insurance companies) not really from rationing care. Many European countries have higher per-capita annual hospital days, doctor visits, etc. than the U.S.

The next biggest chunk of savings is negotiating discounts on everything from pharmaceuticals to physician services.

These 2 things alone, without even beginning to change how health care is actually delivered (e.g. eliminating unnecessary care, improving preventive care, etc.) would get us 95% of the savings that other countries see.

That means that aside from eliminating the 50% in overhead that we tolerate here in the U.S., public health systems aren’t really spending less, or somehow making more efficient use of medical advances than the U.S.

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/Files/Publications/Issue%20Brief/2011/Jul/1532_Squires_US_hlt_sys_comparison_12_nations_intl_brief_v2.pdf.”
Why China Has A Love/Hate Relationship With Social Media

Why China Has A Love/Hate Relationship With Social Media

Commented Nov 10, 2013 at 14:07:00 in Business

“Chinese social media is called Fascistbook and Tyrannytube.”

ProudToBeVeryLiberal on Nov 14, 2013 at 00:44:40

“And that's different from western social media exactly how?”
Here's How Much The Government Shutdown Messed Up The Jobs Report

Here's How Much The Government Shutdown Messed Up The Jobs Report

Commented Nov 10, 2013 at 13:01:48 in Business

“1. Fact: Money is the way modern economies are measured. By definition, a large economy has a larger money supply than does a small economy. Therefore, a growing economy requires a growing supply of money.
2. Fact: All money is debt and all financial debt is money.
2.a. Fact: Federal “deficit” is a statement of the net amount of money the federal government has created in one year.
3. Fact: U.S. depressions tend to come on the heels of federal surpluses.

1817-1821: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 29%. Depression began 1819.
1823-1836: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 99%. Depression began 1837.
1852-1857: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 59%. Depression began 1857.
1867-1873: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 27%. Depression began 1873.
1880-1893: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 57%. Depression began 1893.
1920-1930: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 36%. Depression began 1929.
4. Fact: Recessions tend to come on the heels of reductions in federal debt/money growth
5. Fact: The federal government gave itself the unlimited ability to create debt/money on August 15, 1971, when it went completely off the gold standard.
6. Fact: Federal “debt” merely is the total of outstanding Treasury Securities.
7. Fact: Contrary to popular myth, there is no post-gold standard relationship between federal debt and inflation.”

thinkb4believing on Nov 10, 2013 at 23:49:49

“your facts are spurious at best, exactly what are you trying to say?”
Here's How Much The Government Shutdown Messed Up The Jobs Report

Here's How Much The Government Shutdown Messed Up The Jobs Report

Commented Nov 10, 2013 at 12:55:42 in Business

“Since 1850 (163 years) there have only been 22 surplus years. The longest string of them were the 10 years from 1921 through 1930........followed immediately by the Great Depression.

https://rodgermmitchell.wordpress.com/2009/09/07/introduction/.”
Low-Wage Workers Are Robbed More Than Banks, Gas Stations And Convenience Stores Combined

Low-Wage Workers Are Robbed More Than Banks, Gas Stations And Convenience Stores Combined

Commented Oct 31, 2013 at 17:34:10 in Business

“I realize that no one reads Adam Smith anymore, much less the "libertarians" who have mangled what Smith said, but for "free market" advocates on the right, shouldn't they take heed, since they supposedly base their entire economic philosophy on Smith's tenants? Yet it's amazing how selective the propaganda, as well as scholarship, is about teaching

Adam Smith. Quote:

"But the rate of profit does not, like rent and wages, rise with prosperity, and fall with the declension of the society. On the contrary, it is naturally low in rich, and high in poor countries, and it is always highest in the countries which are going fastest to ruin. The interest of this third order, therefore, has not the same connexion with the general interest of the society as that of the other two."--Adam Smith, "Wealth of Nations.."”
Kraft To Remove Artificial Food Dye From 3 Mac & Cheese Products

Kraft To Remove Artificial Food Dye From 3 Mac & Cheese Products

Commented Oct 31, 2013 at 12:53:07 in Healthy Living

“Grey sludge.”
Low-Wage Workers Are Robbed More Than Banks, Gas Stations And Convenience Stores Combined

Low-Wage Workers Are Robbed More Than Banks, Gas Stations And Convenience Stores Combined

Commented Oct 31, 2013 at 12:50:36 in Business

“The religious tax exemption should go ! They should pay taxes just like everyone else.”

Yanette Rivera on Oct 31, 2013 at 13:45:05

“Unfortunately its those not paying taxes (religions and corporations0 that are controling our laws and legislation. We should vote only those that listen to us.*”
Low-Wage Workers Are Robbed More Than Banks, Gas Stations And Convenience Stores Combined

Low-Wage Workers Are Robbed More Than Banks, Gas Stations And Convenience Stores Combined

Commented Oct 31, 2013 at 12:47:45 in Business

““Bill Gross economic expert from PIMCO investment firm, Dec 4, 2012 . One minute long

"I would suggest and point out, in terms of evidence, that corporate profits as a percentage of GDP are at historical highs, 12 to 13% of GDP. what you suggest in terms of wages as a percentage of GDP is correct. for the past 10, 15, 20 years, real terms, wages have not gone up, corporations in effect, have been eating their seed corn and denigrating their consumer base and it will be difficult going forward for them to sell products to a consumer base that has very little spending power.."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0tCSGzQ79k
Paul Krugman Trolls Deficit Hawks With One Amazing Chart

Paul Krugman Trolls Deficit Hawks With One Amazing Chart

Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 20:42:59 in Business

“Republican­­s are not against the deficit because they think deficits are bad. They *like* the deficit because it is a useful tool with which to defeat policy they do not agree with. This is exactly what is going on here. This isn't hypocrisy, then. It is cynical manipulati­­on that regards voters as fools to be manipulate­­d with propaganda­­.”
Paul Krugman Trolls Deficit Hawks With One Amazing Chart

Paul Krugman Trolls Deficit Hawks With One Amazing Chart

Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 20:41:30 in Business

“The inescapabl­e conclusion that I come to regarding the government­'s inaction on the economy is that the people who run things like things just the way they are. Banks and corporatio­ns are doing fine, the GOP wants a bad economy, DEMS don't want to anger corporate contributo­rs. So this is working for the people who matter. Of course investment in infrastruc­ture could work for everyone, a strong middle class would be nice as well but these opinions require a slightly humanist viewpoint.
Think about it, public discourse is about entitlemen­t programs that Americans feel like they pay for with their taxes. No one talks about the fact the we are fighting THREE WARS with no return on investment or corporate welfare.”

SoylentGreenIsPeople on Oct 29, 2013 at 20:42:59

“Republican­­s are not against the deficit because they think deficits are bad. They *like* the deficit because it is a useful tool with which to defeat policy they do not agree with. This is exactly what is going on here. This isn't hypocrisy, then. It is cynical manipulati­­on that regards voters as fools to be manipulate­­d with propaganda­­.”
Tom Cole Open To Raising Revenue As Part Of Budget Deal

Tom Cole Open To Raising Revenue As Part Of Budget Deal

Commented Oct 26, 2013 at 10:47:32 in Politics

“Christian Group Says Christians Can't Support Govt. Helping Poor People" by Michael Allen

Christian-based Family Research Council (FRC) claims that doesn't include the government helping the needy. FRC head T Perkins recently told Christian radio host that while Christians should be active in politics and government, they cannot support the government helping poor people. "Saying the government has a responsibility to care for the poor? That’s not what scripture says,said Perkins .

Evangelicals want to decide which
services are provided and which are not. They want to cut all
social programs and leave it to the Church Lady to provide all
social support services for the US population, but only after
they come begging on their knees and sign a pledge to not be
gay.”

Don Montgomery on Oct 26, 2013 at 10:53:31

“And... math shows that every church, synagog, mosque, etc in the US would have to raise an additional $50K per year to replace the programs they want to repeal.”

n45 on Oct 26, 2013 at 10:53:26

“They want control and power.”
Tom Cole Open To Raising Revenue As Part Of Budget Deal

Tom Cole Open To Raising Revenue As Part Of Budget Deal

alohageedub on Oct 26, 2013 at 11:01:28

“Thank you, the point is the U.S. tax system is a burden witht he complexities. Simplify the code, eliminate about 1,000 loop holes, adopted apportionment tax accounting (states have been using this for decades), allow direct write off of U.S. manufactured products based on their U.S. manufactured component percentage, straight line depreciation on foreign made products or components. Lower the corporate tax rate to 17 - 20%.

Government is run by career politicians and special interests, where power and money are the objective, the people are mere pawns.”
Tom Cole Open To Raising Revenue As Part Of Budget Deal

Tom Cole Open To Raising Revenue As Part Of Budget Deal

Commented Oct 26, 2013 at 10:23:41 in Politics

“Between 2000 and 2005, U.S. corporate taxes amounted to 2.2% of the GDP. The average for the 30 mostly rich member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development was 3.4%.

Why the disparity given the high federal rate, which rises to 39% counting state taxes? Part of the answer is that big U.S. companies have become expert at hiding profits in tax havens overseas. And many of the smaller ones simply pass through their income to owners who then report it on their personal returns.”
http://www.smartmoney.com/invest/markets/high-corporate-tax-rate-is-misleading-22463/

alohageedub on Oct 26, 2013 at 10:26:06

“What is the tax rate they pay on those foreign earnings in the host country?”
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