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  • unclefulbert unclefulbert Jun 10, 2014 10:03 AM Flag


    Keep the kids water proof in Florida:

    Rising sea levels threaten South Florida

    BY Michael J. Mishak, Associated Press June 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM EDT

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — On a recent afternoon, Scott McKenzie watched torrential rains and a murky tide swallow the street outside his dog-grooming salon. Within minutes, much of this stretch of chic South Beach was flooded ankle-deep in a fetid mix of rain and sea.

    “Welcome to the new Venice,” McKenzie joked as salt water surged from the sewers.

    There are few places in the nation more vulnerable to rising sea levels than low-lying South Florida, a tourist and retirement mecca built on drained swampland.

    Yet as other coastal states and the Obama administration take aggressive measures to battle the effects of global warming, Florida’s top Republican politicians are challenging the science and balking at government fixes.

    Among the chief skeptics are U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush, both possible presidential candidates in 2016. Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for re-election, has worked with the Republican-controlled Legislature to dismantle Florida’s fledgling climate change initiatives. They were put into place by his predecessor and current opponent, Democrat Charlie Crist.


    In Miami Beach, which floods even on sunny days, the concern is palpable. On a recent afternoon, McKenzie pulled out his iPad and flipped through photos from a 2009 storm. In one, two women kayak through knee-high water in the center of town.

  • The NFIB's small business confidence index came in at 96.6 for May — the highest reading since 2007.

    That also beat expectations for 95.8.

    Pantheon Macro's Ian Shepherdson says this index is more important than payrolls, and sees this jump to the as a major shift.

    "At last, small businesses are on the move. We have been waiting for four years for a clean break to the upside, and it's finally here. The rise in the headline largely reflects a 9-point jump in economic expectations and a 5-point rise in sales expectations, but several other components rose too."

  • Author McCarthy was likely a republican and he wrote in his 2007 book:

    ... some teachers come across a survey that was sent out back in the thirties to a number of schools around the country. Had this questionnaire about what was the problems with teachin in the schools. And they come across these forms, they'd been filled out and sent in from around the country answer in these questions. And the biggest problems they could name was things like talkin in class and runnin in the hallways. Chewin gum. Copyin homework. Things of that nature. So they got one of them forms that was blank and printed up a bunch of em and sent em back out to the same schools. Forty years later. Well, here come the answers back. Rape, arson, murder. Drugs. Suicide. So I think about that. Because a lot of the time ever when I say anything about how the world is goin to hell in a handbasket people will just sort of smile and tell me I'm gettin old. ... These old people I talk to, if you could of told em that there would be people on the streets of our Texas towns with green hair and bones in their noses speakin a language they couldnt even understand, well, they just flat out wouldnt of believed you. But what if you'd of told em it was their own grandchildren?

  • for the top 2 percenters with huge stocks, bonds and real estate.

    Change? No way! We don't want any tax loopholes closed and upset the apple cart.

  • unclefulbert unclefulbert Jun 9, 2014 2:53 PM Flag



  • unclefulbert unclefulbert Jun 9, 2014 11:33 AM Flag


    Obama had proposed infrastructure job bill, the Nat Gas energy bill, tax credit for hiring long term UE'ed bill ... all blocked by the do-nuthin' obstructionists.

  • Only that names of the companies are different:

    MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Sitting in a kitchen stocked with free food, a handful of 20-something Google summer interns weigh their favorite perks, but where to begin? With bikes, buses, massages, swimming pools, dance classes, nap pods, parties and access to their tech heroes, it's a very long list.

    "Unlimited sparkling water?" someone says.

    In the end, however, the budding Googlers are most excited about the work.

    "The project I'm working on is super high impact, and I'm looking for ways to make my mark," says Rita DeRaedt, 20, studying visual communication technology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She admitted to being a bit star-struck after she was assigned to a team headed by a designer she's long admired.

    With summer's arrival comes an influx of thousands of Silicon Valley interns. Well paid and perked, young up-and-comers from around the world who successfully navigate the competitive application process are assigned big time responsibility at firms such as Google, Facebook, Dropbox and Twitter.

    Silicon Valley tech firms pay their interns more than any other sector in the U.S., according to a Top 25 list of 2014 intern pay by online career website Glassdoor.

    Palantir Technologies, a Palo Alto-based cybe rsecurity firm, topped the list with $7,012 average monthly base pay. Also on the list: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, eBay, Google and Apple, all of which pay more than $5,000 a month, or $60,000 annually if these were full time jobs.

    And that's not counting the perks, which at Facebook even include housing in this high rent region.

  • Dr. Piketty: In 2013, CEOs of S&P 500 companies made 331 times as much as their employees, according to the AFL-CIO's "Executive Paywatch" report.

    Business Insider breaks down how the pay gap between executives and workers has changed over the past three decades:

    In 1983, the average CEO made 46 times the pay of the average worker, and this ratio would skyrocket through the boom years of the 90s, with CEOs making 455 times what workers made. After the tech boom receded, the CEO to worker ratio leveled off somewhat, but has risen a little in the last few years.

    Last year, the average American nonsupervisory worker made $35,239, and the average CEO took home $11.7 million in total pay.

    A separate section of the AFL-CIO's report highlights another sad but unsurprising disparity: those highly paid CEOs are 95 percent white and 95 male.

  • 2013-06 !! 7.6 !! -1.51 !! 1985-06 !! 7.4 !! 1.21
    2013-07 !! 7.4 !! 4.97 !! 1985-07 !! 7.4 !! -0.48
    2013-08 !! 7.3 !! -3.15 !! 1985-08 !! 7.1 !! -1.20
    2013-09 !! 7.2 !! 2.98 !! 1985-09 !! 7.1 !! -3.47
    2013-10 !! 7.3 !! 4.47 !! 1985-10 !! 7.1 !! 4.26
    2013-11 !! 7 !! 2.79 !! 1985-11 !! 7 !! 6.51
    2013-12 !! 6.7 !! 2.36 !! 1985-12 !! 7 !! 4.51
    2014-01 !! 6.6 !! -3.57 !! 1986-1 !! 6.7 !! 0.24
    2014-02 !! 6.7 !! 4.31 !! 1986-2 !! 7.2 !! 7.15
    2014-03 !! 6.7 !! 0.69 !! 1986-3 !! 7.2 !! 5.28
    2014-04 !! 6.3 !! 0.62 !! 1986-4 !! 7.1 !! -1.41
    2014-05 !! 6.3 !! 2.1 !! 1986-5 !! 7.2 !! 5.02
    2014-06 !! tbd !! tbd !! 1986-6 !! 7.2 !! 1.95
    2014-07 !! tbd !! tbd !! 1986-7 !! 7 !! -5.80
    2014-08 !! tbd !! tbd !! 1986-8 !! 6.9 !! 7.12
    2014-09 !! tbd !! tbd !! 1986-9 !! 7 !! -8.54
    2014-10 !! tbd !! tbd !! 1986-10 !! 7 !! 5.47
    2014-11 !! tbd !! tbd !! 1986-11 !! 6.9 !! 2.15

  • Amazing Obama bull run ... The top 5% who owns substantial stocks are laughing all the way to their brokerage houses.

  • Job cuts climbed to the highest level in more than a year, as US-based employers announced plans to reduce payrolls by 52,961 in May, according to the report Thursday from global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

    May job cuts were up 31 percent from 40,298 announced layoffs in April. It was the second consecutive increase in monthly job cuts and the largest one-month total since February 2013, when 55,356 job cuts were recorded.

  • unclefulbert unclefulbert Jun 5, 2014 9:16 AM Flag


    The 2008 and 2012 losers are spinning their wheels while the country's interests are ignored and stalled: education, energy, VA hospitals, infrastructures, worker incomes, clean air/water, STEM advancements, national health ...

  • Reply to

    3-D Printing Announcement

    by islandbrook2000 Jun 5, 2014 7:46 AM
    unclefulbert unclefulbert Jun 5, 2014 9:00 AM Flag

    brook, HP has been able to show any non-gaap eps at all was due to the $12b write-down on goodwill and those quarterly one-time-recurring non-recurring layoff charges. Granted that Meg still has lots of US employees to fire and add more money to stock repurchases and executive bonuses, it won't last forever.

  • Reply to

    Here Unc - 58K US Vets homeless.

    by hugebettyfan Jun 4, 2014 9:12 AM
    unclefulbert unclefulbert Jun 4, 2014 10:27 AM Flag

    As President Obama made clear to the American people May 21, 2014, “Every single day, there are people working in the VA who do outstanding work and put everything they’ve got into making sure that our Veterans get the care, benefits, and services that they need.”

    I echo that praise and commend the hard work and dedication of the vast majority of our VA employees, many of whom are Veterans themselves. Every year, dedicated employees are prepared to provide care for over 8.9 million Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare. Every day, VHA conducts approximately 236,000 outpatient healthcare appointments—about 85 million last year.

    Since 2009, we have enrolled two million more Veterans in high-quality VA healthcare, reduced Veterans' homelessness by 24 percent, and provided Post-9/11 GI Bill educational benefits to more than one million student Veterans and eligible family members. We have opened up new presumptives for Veterans to receive long overdue care for exposure to Agent Orange, for combat-related PTS-D, and for Gulf War illnesses. And, we have decreased the disability claims backlog by over 50 percent in the last 14 months. We will meet our goal of eliminating the claims backlog in 2015.

    Every VA medical facility is accredited by The Joint Commission, an independent, non-profit organization that ensures the quality of U.S. healthcare through intensive evaluation of more than 20,000 healthcare organizations. In 2012, The Joint Commission, recognized 19 VA hospitals as top performers, and that number increased to 32 in 2013.

    Since 2004, the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey has consistently shown that, on average, Veterans who use VA healthcare award our hospitals and clinics a higher customer satisfaction score than patients give private sector hospitals. When asked if they would use a VA medical center the next time they need inpatient or outpatient care, 96 percent and 95 percent of Veterans, respectively, indicated they would. Veterans across the Nation are receiving quality care from VA. We must encourage other Veterans to seek it.

  • Reply to

    What Can We Learn from Piketty?

    by w.heinlein Jun 3, 2014 6:49 PM
    unclefulbert unclefulbert Jun 4, 2014 9:29 AM Flag


    Thanks for keeping this book and its essence front and center.

  • Reply to

    Here Unc - 58K US Vets homeless.

    by hugebettyfan Jun 4, 2014 9:12 AM
    unclefulbert unclefulbert Jun 4, 2014 9:26 AM Flag


    What was it in 2008 is the missing number to make a call on progress or regress.

  • Reply to

    Remarks by Secretary Shinseki on May 30, 2014

    by unclefulbert Jun 3, 2014 3:29 PM
    unclefulbert unclefulbert Jun 3, 2014 4:20 PM Flag


    There are very few homeless vets these days vs bygone years. You have statistics showing otherwise?

    And sure was challenging for many of my friends and relatives trying to support their families during the Reagan years with double digit unemployment and mortgage rates.

  • Looking at 230K new jobs and 6.5% UE.

  • Reply to

    Remarks by Secretary Shinseki on May 30, 2014

    by unclefulbert Jun 3, 2014 3:29 PM
    unclefulbert unclefulbert Jun 3, 2014 3:58 PM Flag


    LOL! you ever see the boss does everything himself? May be he should also sit in all the meetings in FDA, SEC, FBI, CIA, DOE, DOD, FAA, ARM, ATF, DOT, DOI ... OGC, FSA, NIH, NPS ...

  • Bernard Juran, an Army infantry veteran and quartermaster with VFW 3819 Truckee Meadows Post, said he's never had a problem with his health care appointments at the Reno VA hospital.

    Juran said he normally gets in quickly to see the doctor and that he actually had an appointment Monday.

    "The biggest problem is most guys set up appointments and then decide to cancel them, but they don't bother to call the hospital to tell them so that someone else can get in there," Juran, who's 71, said.

    "This morning when I was there, they called four patient's names to see the doctor and none of them were there."

    Farr said some veterans believe there is a priority system where prisoners of war, Purple Heart recipients or veterans who's injuries are 100 percent service-connected get priority in scheduling appointments.

    "That's not true," he said. "We don't have any priority system like that."

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