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wow wife made me a smoothie

at boy was it good.
she has been making it for herself
for a week now, so today she made it
for me. spinach, almonds, almond milk, honey, blueberries, bananas
it looked awful dark and thick like someone forgot to do
an oil change! but it was very tasty.
had it about 1100 and I think it is a nice lunch.

German Parliament OK's national minimum wage

crossposted from breaking news.


BERLIN (AP) - German lawmakers on Thursday approved the introduction of the country's first national minimum wage, a triumph for its main center-left party that a long-skeptical Chancellor Angela Merkel described as a "painful" political compromise.

Most workers in Europe's biggest economy will be guaranteed at least 8.50 euros ($11.60) per hour under the legislation, which takes effect Jan. 1. Some employers will have two years to phase in the minimum wage; under-18s will be exempted, as will the long-term unemployed for six months after they return to work.


Merkel's government took the step at the insistence of her coalition partners since last December, the center-left Social Democrats. They joined the government after Merkel's conservatives won elections last year but fell short of a parliamentary majority.

Labor Minister Andrea Nahles, a Social Democrat, said 3.7 million people would benefit directly from the minimum wage, which she said "brings a bit more fairness to business and society and makes Germany stronger."
Lawmakers voted 535-5 with 61 abstentions in favor of the minimum wage Thursday.


Read more: http://money.msn.com/business-news/article.aspx?feed=AP&date=20140703&id=17750548&ocid=ansmony11

German Parliament OK's national minimum wage

Source: MSN money

BERLIN (AP) - German lawmakers on Thursday approved the introduction of the country's first national minimum wage, a triumph for its main center-left party that a long-skeptical Chancellor Angela Merkel described as a "painful" political compromise.

Most workers in Europe's biggest economy will be guaranteed at least 8.50 euros ($11.60) per hour under the legislation, which takes effect Jan. 1. Some employers will have two years to phase in the minimum wage; under-18s will be exempted, as will the long-term unemployed for six months after they return to work.


Merkel's government took the step at the insistence of her coalition partners since last December, the center-left Social Democrats. They joined the government after Merkel's conservatives won elections last year but fell short of a parliamentary majority.

Labor Minister Andrea Nahles, a Social Democrat, said 3.7 million people would benefit directly from the minimum wage, which she said "brings a bit more fairness to business and society and makes Germany stronger."
Lawmakers voted 535-5 with 61 abstentions in favor of the minimum wage Thursday.


Read more: http://money.msn.com/business-news/article.aspx?feed=AP&date=20140703&id=17750548&ocid=ansmony11



oh no it is the end of Germany /s
more at the link.

VA senator resigns leaves state senate 1 vote short of control.

how safe is this seat? can we keep the GOP from gaining control of the senate as well?

http://www.tricities.com/news/article_bf07b134-ef60-11e3-bf7b-0017a43b2370.html

RICHMOND, Va. – State Sen. Phillip P. Puckett- D-Russell has resigned his seat, leaving Democrats one vote shy of the majority they need to control the chamber.
Puckett's stunning resignation throws Democratic budget strategy into chaos and opening the way for Republicans to seize control of the chamber and reorganize its committees with GOP majorities, the Richmond Times Dispatch said in a report issued late Sunday.
“I am deeply disappointed by this news and the uncertainty it creates at a time when 400,000 Virginians are waiting for access to quality health care, especially those in Southwest Virginia,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a statement.
“This situation is unacceptable, but the bipartisan majority in the Senate and I will continue to work hard to put Virginians first and find compromise on a budget that closes the coverage gap.”
With the current fiscal year set to expire June 30, the Democrat controlled Senate and Republican controlled House of Delegates have been locked in a political stalemate over a new, two-year budget.

snip

Sources familiar with Puckett's resignation, submitted this weekend, said the longtime Southwest Virginia senator cited family reasons for his sudden departure. At least two sources speculated that one of the family reasons involved Puckett's daughter, Martha P. Ketron.
Ketron, who was admitted to the bar in October 2006, was appointed last July to serve as a judge in Juvenile and Domestic relations Court in an interim capacity by judges of the 29th District Circuit Court, which covers Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties in Southwest Virginia.
But her bid for reappointment to a full, six-year term was put off earlier this year in the General Assembly, in part due to a tradition against awarding bench appointments to family members of sitting legislators.

snip

Puckett may not be unemployed for long.
Del. Terry G. Kilgore, R-Scott, chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, said he is interested in Puckett taking a job with the commission and has discussed it with him.
"If he's available I think he'd be great for us," Kilgore said."He'd be a great asset because he knows the region, and he's a former banker and JLARC said we need more follow-up so he'd be a perfect fit for us."

more at the link x posted from the VA state area of this board.

VA state senator Phillip Puckett resigns his seat.

how safe is this seat? can we keep the GOP from gaining control of the senate as well?

http://www.tricities.com/news/article_bf07b134-ef60-11e3-bf7b-0017a43b2370.html

RICHMOND, Va. – State Sen. Phillip P. Puckett- D-Russell has resigned his seat, leaving Democrats one vote shy of the majority they need to control the chamber.
Puckett's stunning resignation throws Democratic budget strategy into chaos and opening the way for Republicans to seize control of the chamber and reorganize its committees with GOP majorities, the Richmond Times Dispatch said in a report issued late Sunday.
“I am deeply disappointed by this news and the uncertainty it creates at a time when 400,000 Virginians are waiting for access to quality health care, especially those in Southwest Virginia,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a statement.
“This situation is unacceptable, but the bipartisan majority in the Senate and I will continue to work hard to put Virginians first and find compromise on a budget that closes the coverage gap.”
With the current fiscal year set to expire June 30, the Democrat controlled Senate and Republican controlled House of Delegates have been locked in a political stalemate over a new, two-year budget.

snip

Sources familiar with Puckett's resignation, submitted this weekend, said the longtime Southwest Virginia senator cited family reasons for his sudden departure. At least two sources speculated that one of the family reasons involved Puckett's daughter, Martha P. Ketron.
Ketron, who was admitted to the bar in October 2006, was appointed last July to serve as a judge in Juvenile and Domestic relations Court in an interim capacity by judges of the 29th District Circuit Court, which covers Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties in Southwest Virginia.
But her bid for reappointment to a full, six-year term was put off earlier this year in the General Assembly, in part due to a tradition against awarding bench appointments to family members of sitting legislators.

snip

Puckett may not be unemployed for long.
Del. Terry G. Kilgore, R-Scott, chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, said he is interested in Puckett taking a job with the commission and has discussed it with him.
"If he's available I think he'd be great for us," Kilgore said."He'd be a great asset because he knows the region, and he's a former banker and JLARC said we need more follow-up so he'd be a perfect fit for us."

more at the link

I swear people are losing their fricking minds.

we have a stabbing in Portsmouth VA. at the naval medical center.
sailor on sailor.
everything on lock down, still can not find him.

the shotgun shooting in Seattle WA.
thank goodness for that person who pepper sprayed him

more and more people are going nuts.

woo hoo saw in our local paper (aka fish wrap) :D

that we are getting a food truck coming thru 3 days a week.
I can hardly wait. they did a gig at the local SPCA fund raiser and said
they were coming back 3 days a week.

another reason to hate ticks new disease called heartland


A rare viral infection has emerged in the central U.S. The virus causes fever, a drop in the blood’s infection-fighting white cells and a reduction in the blood’s clot-making platelets.
The virus is called Heartland disease, its name honors the Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo., where the first men infected with the virus were treated. The disease was first noticed in June 2009, when two Missouri farmers came to the hospital with severe flu-like symptoms.
Some early cases were reported by the Digital Journal earlier in the year. New reports indicated that cases have risen, and there have now been eight confirmed cases.

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The virus causes headaches, nausea, high fevers, diarrhea and gut-distress. Blood tests indicate low white-blood-cell counts. The disease appears to be spread by ticks. Through field studies conducted in 2012, researchers identified Lone Star ticks as the way by which the virus was spread, with evidence pointing to their larval blood meal as the time of infection.

snip

However, much else about the disease remains a mystery. Daniel Pastula of the CDC in Fort Collins told Science Now: "No vaccine or medication is available to prevent or treat Heartland virus disease."


Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/life/health/new-heartland-disease-emerges-in-usa-midwest/article/384083#ixzz32AkXaHIn

Swiss decline on raising the minimum wage.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2014/05/18/22/49/swiss-decline-world-s-highest-minimum-wage


Swiss voters have rejected a proposed hourly minimum wage of $US25 ($A27) - which would have been the world's highest - in one of the planet's priciest nations.
Only 23 per cent of Swiss voters came out in favour of introducing a minimum wage in Switzerland so high it could pass for mid-management pay elsewhere, the gfs.bern polling institute said in a projection of Sunday's referendum results.

snip


The Decent Salary initiative insists that at least 22 Swiss francs ($A27) an hour, or 4000 francs ($A4885) a month, is needed to get by in the wealthy Alpine nation.
Backers of the initiative want Switzerland to go from having no minimum wage to boasting the world's highest, far above the $US7.25 ($A7.74) in the United States, 9.43 euros ($A13.80) in France, 5.05 euros in Spain and the recently agreed 8.50 euros in Germany, set to take effect next year.

snip

But the initiative, which has drawn envious and incredulous attention from abroad, appeared sure to flop, with voters heeding warnings from opponents, including the government, that the sky-high minimum wage would deal a death blow to many businesses and would weaken Switzerland's healthy economy.
"This minimum wage would put jobs in danger and would make accessing the labour market even more difficult for youths and those with few qualifications," Bern has warned.

snip

Supporters counter that higher basic wages would boost the purchasing power of some 330,000 people, or one in 10 employees in the country.
"I really have trouble living on my salary," Portuguese hotel maid Alcina Esteves de Almeida told AFP, whose gross monthly salary is 3400 francs.
"I have to give up a lot, and I often can't eat properly," said the 52-year-old, who works at a luxury Geneva hotel.
Like de Almeida, around 90 per cent of those living on less than the proposed minimum wage are foreign nationals, without a right to vote in Sunday's referendum, an editorial in the Le Temps daily's weekly edition noted.

Ok looks like it will be Kay H. and Tom T. in Nov.

I saw one poll (not sure when) that showed them tied.
does anyone have anything else?
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