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As Amazon heads into the lucrative end-of-year shopping period, the company yesterday posted its biggest quarterly net loss since at least 2003, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It also forecast sales and profit for the fourth quarter that missed analysts’ projections. That puts Amazon on track to lose an estimated $40.5 million for the year, which would be the company’s largest annual loss for at least the past 11 years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The only other annual loss for Amazon since 2003 came in 2012.
In response, investors pushed Amazon shares down as much as 13 percent in extended trading yesterday. For the year, the stock is down 22 percent, compared with a 5.5 percent gain in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. If that performance continues, the company is set for its worst annual stock decline since 2008, during the depths of the financial crisis.
Pattern - big companies kill off smaller ones, then they tank
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Oct 23, 2014, 09:33 PM (8 replies)
Indiana residents are fighting to save their homes as their local government weighs a sweeping plan to demolish them to make way for new development, in a case critics are calling a “poster child” for the abuse of so-called eminent domain powers.
Charlestown, Ind., Mayor Bob Hall announced his plans earlier this year to demolish more than 350 homes in the city’s Pleasant Ridge neighborhood. The mayor contends the neighborhood is “blighted,” and therefore the city is eligible for state money to buy out the homeowners and tear down their houses.
His office argues the houses, originally bought by the Army in 1940, were meant to be temporary.
But the “temporary” houses remain very much occupied. And many residents are not interested in selling them, at least not for what the government might offer. According to the Institute for Justice, a national group that is aiding residents in their case, the state fund Hall wants to tap offers residents just $6,000 for their houses.
Residents have turned to the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to defending private property rights, for help.
The institute’s Melinda Haring says the city of Charlestown is abusing eminent domain law, which is what local governments typically cite in seizing homes, for everything from road projects to developments. She said with the economy emerging from recession, this kind of practice is on the upswing.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Oct 23, 2014, 03:47 PM (1 replies)
Click on the links to see new big houses dwarfing smaller ones
Pam Roberts-Malay shows the signs she posted in her windows after the house next door was replaced with one roughly twice the size as the old one, marring her views of Century City. "Your house destroyed our privacy," one sign says. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
"None of us are opposed to expansion and development -- when it's respectful of the neighborhood," Traci Considine says, showing a "before" photo of a home under construction in Faircrest Heights that she believes demonstrates "mansionization." (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Kathleen Clark, left, and Beth Marlis look from their backyard at a two-story house under construction in Faircrest Heights. Clark and Marlis brought in mature trees to try to preserve their privacy. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Return of 'mansionization' has some L.A. homeowners grumbling
Builders are snapping up smaller, older homes, razing them and replacing them with bigger dwellings. Increasingly, sleek, square structures are popping up along streets known for quaint bungalows.
But neighborhood groups have begun mobilizing, asserting that rules meant to control building sizes are still too porous. Critics argue that builders have exploited loopholes — bonuses that allow extra square footage — to erect homes too large for their lots. The recent surge of complaints prompted Michael LoGrande, director of the Department of City Planning, to tell lawmakers that more stringent controls might be needed.
In Hollywood, for example, members of a neighborhood group objected to a spec home exceeding 3,000 square feet, being built on a Stanley Avenue block lined with older, smaller homes — most of them under 2,000 square feet. Aggravated by the "out of place, enormous" residence, Amy Aquino of the Sunset Square Neighborhood Assn. said the group hired a land-use consultant to examine how it was allowed.
"Everything they were doing, hideous as it is, is all completely legal," Aquino said.
The builder behind the home, Amnon Edri, said that as long as his project meets requirements, it shouldn't be a problem.
"If the city code allows it, and you want a bigger house, you have the right to a bigger house," he said. "This is America. It's a free country."
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Oct 23, 2014, 03:29 PM (24 replies)
Koda, the runaway bull mastiff, was reunited with her family in Arizona thanks to the power of dog lovers and social media.
Within one hour of Koda’s story being posted on the Lincoln Journal Star website Friday evening, a cross-country truck driver from Ashland volunteered to let the 95-pound dog ride shotgun on a 24-hour haul. By Monday night, the long-lost dog was back home with her family, doggedly insisting that Dani Windham, her “mom," hold her paw and snuggle....
Dimmitt had heard about Koda from a Facebook friend, Mindy Mahoney, who knew he often traveled cross country as a long-haul truck driver.
It just so happened that Dimmitt was home in Ashland, preparing to head out to California at 6 p.m. Sunday.
“There was no hesitation on my part,” said Dimmitt, a self-declared dog lover.
The only caveat, he needed to have Koda by 5 p.m. Sunday.
And that launched a race to find someone with the veterinary clinic who could release the dog.
“It took an army of volunteers and caring angels to pull this off,” Dani Windham said.
Meanwhile, Lost Pets of Lancaster County put together a “go bag” for Koda, complete with food, treats, a collar, leash and harness.
Along the route, Dimmitt and his girlfriend, Lori Wischmann, texted the Windhams updates and photos of Koda in the big rig.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A dog-loving Nebraska trucker has taken a lost 95-pound bull mastiff on a 1,380-mile trip back to her owners in Arizona.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/ZGjMEo ) Dani and Jason Windham were getting ready for their Aug. 4 wedding in Nebraska when their three dogs knocked down a fence and ran. Animal control found the other two, but not Koda.
Seven days later, the Windhams moved to Camp Verde, Arizona. Last week, Koda was found after a farmer reported a dog chasing his cattle about 40 miles away from where she disappeared.
The Windhams couldn't afford to fly her back, so a lost pets group in Nebraska put out a call for help. Truck driver Jimmy Dimmit answered.
Koda got to ride in the front seat during the 24-hour drive. She was reunited with her happy owners Monday.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Oct 22, 2014, 08:11 PM (3 replies)
41-year-old woman, a chemistry graduate who is now head of public relations at a Tehran factory and who has a teenage daughter, said she divorced her husband because he was an abusive drug addict.
It took four years to deal with the government bureaucracy. "They don't like divorce to come from the side of women," she told Reuters, asking that her name not be used. But in the year since the divorce "I've been in heaven".
While she was married, an aunt had told her not to wash the dishes at a certain time in case it gave her husband a headache.
"I said to hell with the headache, why doesn't he get up and do the dishes himself?"
She had never been to one of Tehran's notorious divorce parties, but added: "The day that I got my divorce finalized I invited some friends over to celebrate too."
The marriage law in Iran traditionally favors the husband, who has the right to ask for a divorce. But in most cases being brought to court now, the husband and wife have generally come to a mutual agreement to separate, Iranian lawyers say.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Oct 22, 2014, 05:11 PM (0 replies)
Anger after video shows police officer arresting Brooklyn subway musician - after the cop recited the law saying he COULD be there
Andrew Kalleen, 30, was arrested at a Williamsburg subway stop on Friday
A video of the incident shows an officer approaching him and telling him he needs a permit to be there, which Kalleen calmly disputed
Kalleen pointed him to the correct part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's rules of conduct, which showed he was allowed to be there
But the MTA's rules differ from state law, which says an entertainer can be arrested for loitering at a station unless he's been authorized to be there
The cop called backup and several officers cuffed Kalleen and pulled him out of the station as other travelers yelled at the police
Kalleen and other musicians held a rally in the station on Tuesday
The officer removes theguitar from the shoulders of Kalleen, who continues to sing a cappella.
'I'm being oppressed,' says the musician, wearing hot pink socks, no shoes, a jacket, a tie and a fedora.
Meanwhile, straphangers taunt the officer and ask if there are more serious crimes he should be policing, with one pointing out there are crack dealers operating in the city, while others say they see the musician every day and enjoy listening to his music.
Eventually, several other uniformed and plainclothes police officers arrive at the station and force Kalleen to the floor before handcuffing him - as he continues to sing - and dragging him out.
As he is pulled up the stairs, travelers shout 'F*** the police'.
The video was posted online and has been viewed more than 800,000 times.
Kalleen was arrested on a charge of loitering and will appear in court on Friday. Police
Kalleen, also speaking evenly, refuses to leave and tells the officer he has a right to be there performing, then directs him to the section in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's rules of conduct that says artistic performances and solicitations of donations are allowed.
The flustered officer reads the section aloud and discovers that the musician is indeed right but decides to elect him anyway.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Oct 22, 2014, 04:42 PM (6 replies)
20 minute survey - dems vs repubs, economy, abortion, tea party, Obamacare, and on and on.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Oct 21, 2014, 09:23 PM (0 replies)
6 Americans just moved into 1300 sq ft dome - they'll stay there for 8 months to mimick trip to Mars
In a Dome in Hawaii, a Mission to Mars
On the way to Mars, Neil Scheibelhut stopped by Walmart for mouthwash and dental floss. “We’re picking up some last-minute things,” he said via cellphone last Wednesday afternoon from the store.
Mr. Scheibelhut is not actually an astronaut leaving the earth. But three hours later, he and five other people stepped into a dome-shaped building on a Hawaiian volcano where they will live for the next eight months, mimicking a stay on the surface of Mars.
The crew members are granted some exceptions. They can check a few websites, like their banking accounts, to ensure that their earth lives do not fall apart while they are away. There is also a cellphone for emergency communications; If a hurricane (a distinctly un-Martian weather pattern) were to threaten the dome, as almost occurred over the weekend when Hurricane Ana veered south of Hawaii, mission control would not delay telling the crew to evacuate.
Some 150 people applied to participate. Dr. Binsted said the three men and three women of this Hi-Seas crew were chosen to have a similar mix of experience and backgrounds as real NASA astronauts, and many indeed aspire to go to space.
The commander is Martha Lenio, 34, an entrepreneur looking to start a renewable-energy consulting company. Other crew members are Jocelyn Dunn, 27, a Purdue University graduate student; Sophie Milam, 26, a graduate student at the University of Idaho; Allen Mirkadyrov, 35, a NASA aerospace engineer; and Zak Wilson, 28, a mechanical engineer who worked on military drone aircraft at General Atomics in San Diego.
The habitat is based on a dome supplied by Pacific Domes International with internal two-story structure. The first floor has a kitchen, dining area, common work space, exercise area, and lab. The second floor contains six crew-sleeping quarters and a bathroom.
Although numerous space analog studies have been conducted over the years, this is the longest U.S. study to-date. Worldwide, only the Mars500 study during 2010-2011 surpasses this one in total duration.
Simulated space walks will provide HI-SEAS members with a chance to experience the outdoors, but only while wearing bulky simulated space suits.
he habitat, based on a dome supplied by Pacific Domes International with internal two-story structure designed by V. Paul Ponthieux of Envision Design, was built by the Blue Planet Foundation of Honolulu, Hawaii. The geodesic dome is 36 feet in diameter , enclosing a volume of 13,570 cubic feet. The ground floor has an area of 993 square feet (878 square feet usable) and includes common areas such as kitchen, dining, bathroom with shower, lab, exercise, and common spaces. The second floor loft spans an area of 424 square feet and includes six separate staterooms and a half bath. In addition, a 160 square foot workshop converted from a 20-foot high steel shipping container is attached to the habitat.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Oct 21, 2014, 03:58 PM (19 replies)
Ripple, a dog from Edmonton Humane Society, steals the show from weatherman during the weather forecast.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon Oct 20, 2014, 03:38 PM (29 replies)
After seven unsuccessful job interviews, 24-year-old Luke Clark began to think something other than his CV was playing havoc with his job prospects.
Potential employers didn’t seem to like the 4cm “flesh tunnel” holes he had in each ear as much as he did.
Clark had begun stretching his lobes at university several years earlier, and the problem was that when he took the plugs out his stretched earlobes looked terrible.
Now one of the fastest-growing cosmetic procedures in the UK is repairing stretched earlobes.
The piercings are created either by gradually placing a cone-shaped taper into the ear and pushing it through a little more each day, or by having larger-sized tunnels placed into a pierced ear every few weeks to slowly widen the hole. Once the holes stretch past 1.5cm in diameter, the earlobe will never spring back to its original shape.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Oct 19, 2014, 09:41 PM (22 replies)