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Frosty gets caught picking his nose

Posted by liberal N proud | Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:54 AM (2 replies)

"Better days are in store" American Economic future

"Better days are in store": Joe Davis on America's economic future
December 07, 2012
In a recent speech to business leaders at a conference in Washington, D.C., Vanguard chief economist Joseph Davis, Ph.D., shared his thoughts on why, despite serious fiscal and economic challenges, the United States may be in the midst of a new industrial revolution—one that could provide the engine for sustained growth.
An edited transcript of Mr. Davis's speech is presented here; you can view a video of his full remarks on Vanguard's website for institutional investors.
Good morning, and welcome. I am honored to speak with you today.

If we look over the past 225 years since George Washington's first term in office, our average economic experience as a nation has been a very, very good one.

Cautious optimism and the light in the tunnel
With this as a backdrop, what is Vanguard's long-term outlook for the U.S. economy? In two words: cautious optimism.

Yes, amid all the talk of doom and gloom, I see flickers of light at the end of the tunnel, but my near-term outlook is a very cautious one, marked by serious downside risks, given the fiscal challenges here and around the world.

As I look out over the horizon, over the next five or 10 years or even longer, I see another economic future that few are talking about—one that could, just could, return our economy back to that white light. It's driven by a force that has been more than a generation in the making; a powerful, underappreciated force that has the potential to raise the standard of living for all of mankind, and that will reshape the world; a force that, like its predecessors, has the U.S. in the front, not in the back; a force that is not local but global; and a force whose positive and powerful impact on productivity and growth has only just begun.

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Dec 7, 2012, 05:38 PM (0 replies)


The day after marijuana was legalized

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:43 PM (2 replies)

Walmart's New Health Care Policy Shifts Burden To Medicaid, Obamacare

The Huffington Post

Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, plans to begin denying health insurance to newly hired employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week, according to a copy of the company’s policy obtained by The Huffington Post.

Under the policy, slated to take effect in January, Walmart also reserves the right to eliminate health care coverage for certain workers if their average workweek dips below 30 hours -- something that happens with regularity and at the direction of company managers.

Walmart declined to disclose how many of its roughly 1.4 million U.S. workers are vulnerable to losing medical insurance under its new policy. In an emailed statement, company spokesman David Tovar said Walmart had “made a business decision” not to respond to questions from The Huffington Post and accused the publication of unfair coverage.

Labor and health care experts portrayed Walmart’s decision to exclude workers from its medical plans as an attempt to limit costs while taking advantage of the national health care reform known as Obamacare. Among the key features of Obamacare is an expansion of Medicaid, the taxpayer-financed health insurance program for poor people. Many of the Walmart workers who might be dropped from the company’s health care plans earn so little that they would qualify for the expanded Medicaid program, these experts said.

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:32 PM (0 replies)

International Space Station flying over dancing auroras and other amazing things

Many wonders are visible when flying over the Earth at night. A compilation of such visual spectacles was captured recently from the International Space Station (ISS) and set to rousing music. Passing below are white clouds, orange city lights, lightning flashes in thunderstorms, and dark blue seas. On the horizon is the golden haze of Earth's thin atmosphere, frequently decorated by dancing auroras as the video progresses. The green parts of auroras typically remain below the space station, but the station flies right through the red and purple auroral peaks. Solar panels of the ISS are seen around the frame edges. The ominous wave of approaching brightness at the end of each sequence is just the dawn of the sunlit half of Earth, a dawn that occurs every 90 minutes.


The whole thing is just awesome.
Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Nov 29, 2012, 06:15 PM (11 replies)

On Fiscal Cliff Diving...

Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Nov 29, 2012, 07:25 AM (0 replies)

On Fiscal Cliff Diving...

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:51 PM (0 replies)

Send one extra Christmas Card this year...

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:08 PM (6 replies)

Man Faces Death Threats and Jail for Pointing Out That Weeping Jesus "Miracle" Is Just Faulty...

Man Faces Death Threats and Jail for Pointing Out That Weeping Jesus "Miracle" Is Just Faulty Plumbing

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When water started trickling down a statue of Jesus Christ at a Catholic church in Mumbai earlier this year, locals were quick to declare a miracle. Some began collecting the holy water and the Church of Our Lady of Velankanni began to promote it as a site of pilgrimage.

So when Sanal Edamaruku arrived and established that this was not holy water so much as holey plumbing, the backlash was severe. The renowned rationalist was accused of blasphemy, charged with offences that carry a three-year prison sentence and eventually, after receiving death threats, had to seek exile in Finland.

Now he is calling for European governments to press Delhi into dropping the case. And on the first leg of a tour around EU capitals on Friday, he warned that India was sacrificing freedom of expression for outdated, colonial-era rules about blasphemy.

"There is a huge contradiction in the content of the Indian constitution which guarantees freedom of speech and the blasphemy law from 1860 under then colonial rule," Edamaruku told the Guardian in an interview in Dublin.


Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:49 AM (1 replies)

I suspect Buffalo Wild Wings: Sprinklers interrupt Seattle-Miami game

MIAMI - Even for the Seattle Seahawks, the mid-game shower was a novelty.

A computer glitch caused stadium lawn sprinklers to douse the Seahawks and Miami Dolphins during the third quarter Sunday. The computer was erroneously working on its Saturday schedule, a Dolphins spokesman said.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson said the Seahawks were unfazed.

"I think they're used to the rain," he said.

On a cloudless afternoon, the sprinklers came on between plays and covered most of the field, drawing a cheer from an amused crowd and prompting a brief delay. The sprinklers were quickly turned off, and players toweled off before the action resumed.

"I never saw that before, not even in high school," Miami receiver Davone Bess said. "It was pretty cool."


Posted by liberal N proud | Sun Nov 25, 2012, 07:40 PM (0 replies)
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