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The Dollar Joins the Currency Wars

NEW YORK – In a world of weak domestic demand in many advanced economies and emerging markets, policymakers have been tempted to boost economic growth and employment by going for export led-growth. This requires a weak currency and conventional and unconventional monetary policies to bring about the required depreciation.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 20 central banks around the world have eased monetary policy, following the lead of the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan. In the eurozone, countries on the periphery needed currency weakness to reduce their external deficits and jump-start growth. But the euro weakness triggered by quantitative easing has further boosted Germany’s current-account surplus, which was already‎ a whopping 8% of GDP last year. With external surpluses also rising in other countries of the eurozone core, the monetary union’s overall imbalance is large and growing.

In Japan, quantitative easing was the first “arrow” of “Abenomics,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reform program. Its launch has sharply weakened the yen and is now leading to rising trade surpluses.

The upward pressure on the US dollar from the embrace of quantitative easing by the ECB and the BOJ has been sharp. The dollar has also strengthened against the currencies of advanced-country commodity exporters, like Australia and Canada, and those of many emerging markets. For these countries, falling oil and commodity prices have triggered currency depreciations that are helping to shield growth and jobs from the effects of lower exports.

Read more: https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/dollar-joins-currency-wars-by-nouriel-roubini-2015-05
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun May 3, 2015, 04:37 AM (0 replies)

Long-term galactic cosmic ray exposure leads to dementia-like cognitive impairments

What happens to an astronaut's brain during a mission to Mars? Nothing good. It's besieged by destructive particles that can forever impair cognition, according to a UC Irvine radiation oncology study appearing in the May 1 edition of Science Advances.

Charles Limoli and colleagues found that exposure to highly energetic charged particles -- much like those found in the galactic cosmic rays that bombard astronauts during extended spaceflights -- cause significant damage to the central nervous system, resulting in cognitive impairments.

"This is not positive news for astronauts deployed on a two- to three-year round trip to Mars," said Limoli, a professor of radiation oncology in UCI's School of Medicine. "Performance decrements, memory deficits, and loss of awareness and focus during spaceflight may affect mission-critical activities, and exposure to these particles may have long-term adverse consequences to cognition throughout life."

For the study, rodents were subjected to charged particle irradiation (fully ionized oxygen and titanium) at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory at the Brookhaven National Laboratory before being sent back to Limoli's Irvine lab.

Read more: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150501151608.htm
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun May 3, 2015, 04:35 AM (0 replies)

You don’t even have your Apple Watch yet, but these cats do



Many people who stayed up into the wee hours of the night last month to try and buy an Apple Watch found themselves looking at late May and June delivery dates. Of course Apple has been delivering some watches sooner than that, but the fact remains that you still can't just walk into an Apple store and buy one yet. That detail may make it hard to swallow the idea that cats are now wearing Apple Watches as collars. It seems to be a jokey thing, but maybe it's not.


My Apple Watch has arrived! To answer the question everyone probably has for me - yes, I’ve already put it on my cat







My Apple Watch is finally here. Now I'll be able to track my fitness progress. -Salvatore

Some cats even appear to believe they are human:



One minor detail though: there seems to be a very real danger in jealousy from other cats who don't have an Apple Watch. So be careful if you plan on getting one for your pet.

See more: http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/1/8530273/cats-wearing-apple-watches-before-you
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun May 3, 2015, 03:26 AM (4 replies)

Police: Woman threw cooked salmon at mother-in-law, tossed into jail for assault

Per request I'm reposting this thread here.

A 24-year-old College Station woman remained behind bars Friday after she was accused of assaulting her mother-in-law with a piece of cooked salmon.

The woman reportedly hit her mother-in-law in the head with the salmon during an argument about feeding her toddler with a fork, according to an arrest report from the Wednesday night incident in the 400 block of Southwest Parkway.

The mother-in-law told police the woman then flailed her arms wildly in a circular motion, punching her in the arm and leaving large scratch marks, the report stated.

When questioned, the woman told police she threw the salmon but that her mother-in-law reciprocated by throwing the fish back at her, police said. She denied hitting the woman, telling police the two had an arm wrestling match.

Read more: http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/police-woman-threw-cooked-salmon-at-mother-in-law/article_91a03e4f-950b-51b2-9a66-ead9022c7a76.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun May 3, 2015, 12:46 AM (8 replies)

Gov’t says no bad faith involved; that sanctions not warranted

Source: McAllen Monitor

BROWNSVILLE — Federal government attorneys again apologized to a U.S. district judge Friday, regretting the misunderstanding that resulted from their statements regarding the dates when immigrants without legal status would begin to participate in President Obama’s immigration programs.

Friday’s filing in the ongoing lawsuit that a Texas-led coalition of 26 states filed against the Obama administration to block the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“The Government deeply regrets not only the confusion that these statements created, but that it did not recognize the prospect of confusion earlier,” Justice Department attorneys wrote. “But the miscommunications were not the product of bad faith, and they do not warrant sanctions or further discovery,”

The 34-page response came after U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen’s ordered Justice Department lawyers to provide further information regarding a March 3 advisory.

Read more: http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/gov-t-says-no-bad-faith-involved-that-sanctions-not/article_903548c2-f107-11e4-82a9-e3bd3713d12f.html



To forum hosts: I realize that this article indicates that the action in court occurred on Friday, but this article was posted on Saturday night and it has not been mentioned in any other news media.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun May 3, 2015, 12:03 AM (0 replies)

Punishment for Longview teen caught smoking pot? Public sign

A Longview man came up with a unique (and very public) punishment for his teen son after the boy was caught smoking marijuana.

Travis Simmering told News-Journal’s news partner KETK that his 13-year-old son, Christian, was caught smoking the drug. His punishment? To wear a sign in a Longview business parking lot that read, “I’ve been smoking weed. I’m only 13.”

The younger Simmering displayed the sign first in the parking lot of a Longview Wal-Mart before moving to a convenience store near Hawkins Parkway and Judson Road.

“We’ve had a lot of response; we’ve had people pray with us,” Travis Simmering said of the punishment in video shared with us by KETK. “We’ve had people just come up and hug him.”

Read more: http://www.news-journal.com/news/2015/apr/30/punishment-longview-teen-caught-smoking-pot-public/

One of the comments after the article:
I am beside myself. We lived next to this family. The father is an alcoholic and is abusive. Christian frequently cussed and yelled at my young girls and his sister bullied and assaulted them. I hate to air dirty laundry but please don't praise a man that is the direct cause of his bad behavior. We are accountable for our children's actions.

Maybe his father needs to hold up a sign outside Wal-Mart?
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat May 2, 2015, 11:55 PM (3 replies)

Former Jefferson County judge says Valero owes him $5M

A former Southeast Texas district judge who left office to pursue "an incredible business opportunity" is suing the company for which he left the bench, contending it failed to pay him millions in expected salary and incentives.

Layne Walker, former judge of the 252nd Criminal District Court in Jefferson County, abruptly resigned from the bench in December 2013 to take an unspecified job in the private sector.

On April 14, his attorneys filed a lawsuit on his behalf against Valero Energy Corp., contending the San Antonio-based refining giant owed him $5 million, which amounts to a third of Valero's tax savings at its Port Arthur refinery resulting from a lowering of its valuation, an effort that Walker contends he achieved on behalf of Valero.

A Valero spokesman declined comment on the lawsuit because it is pending litigation.

Read more: http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Former-judge-says-Valero-owes-him-5M-6235975.php

Did Walker have a written contract? If not, then it shows how stupid the former judge is and that he shouldn't hold that position.

Walker was elected as a Democrat but faced criticism for his sentencings, specifically of black young men.

In 2011, Houston's New Black Panther Party leader Quanell X circulated a petition asking for the removal of Walker from the bench, because of what Quanell X called "a pattern of giving African-Americans harsher punishments".
http://www.12newsnow.com/story/24165166/jefferson-county-criminal-district-judge-layne-walker-wont-seek-a-third-term
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat May 2, 2015, 11:39 PM (4 replies)

Callahan County judge's son charged with second-degree felony in April OKC crash that kills boy, 6

BAIRD, Texas - Kelly Corn, the son of Callahan County Judge Roger Corn, was arrested and released on a $100,000 bond Saturday in connection with an April 5 crash in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that killed a 6-year-old boy.

Oklahoma City television station KOCO is reporting that Corn faces a second-degree murder charge, two counts of causing an accident causing great bodily harm, possession of a controlled substance and leaving the scene of an accident.

Charges were filed Friday by the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office.

The Callahan County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Saturday that Corn, a resident of Edmond, Oklahoma, surrendered about 8:30 a.m. and was arrested. He posted bond and was released.

Read more: http://www.reporternews.com/news/big-country/callahan-judges-son-charged-with-seconddegree-felony-in-april-okc-crash-that-kills-boy-6_26284213 (Abilene Reporter News)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat May 2, 2015, 11:21 PM (0 replies)

Roommate reportedly threatened with a meat cleaver (yes folks, in College Station again)

A 40-year-old College Station man has been arrested after authorities said he threatened a roommate with a meat cleaver.

The man faces a Class A misdemeanor charge of terroristic threat, which is punishable by up to one year in jail if convicted.

He is accused of chasing his roommate out of the apartment with a 6-inch meat cleaver after the roommate told him he could no longer live there and offered to take the man to Houston where he had family and job opportunities.

Police responded to the apartment in the 1100 block of Southwest Parkway on Thursday, where the roommate told investigators the man got as close as 4 feet from him while charging at him with the cleaver in his hand, according to an arrest report.

Read more: http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/roommate-reportedly-threatened-with-a-meat-cleaver/article_ce06fda4-8b2e-5176-a0b4-2848c8a3f6ed.html

Weird things happening in College Station. Maybe this guy should get together for dinner with the woman that threw the salmon at her mother-in-law? (see http://www.democraticunderground.com/107825053)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat May 2, 2015, 10:55 PM (0 replies)

Police: Woman threw cooked salmon at mother-in-law, tossed into jail for assault

A 24-year-old College Station woman remained behind bars Friday after she was accused of assaulting her mother-in-law with a piece of cooked salmon.

The woman reportedly hit her mother-in-law in the head with the salmon during an argument about feeding her toddler with a fork, according to an arrest report from the Wednesday night incident in the 400 block of Southwest Parkway.

The mother-in-law told police the woman then flailed her arms wildly in a circular motion, punching her in the arm and leaving large scratch marks, the report stated.

When questioned, the woman told police she threw the salmon but that her mother-in-law reciprocated by throwing the fish back at her, police said. She denied hitting the woman, telling police the two had an arm wrestling match.

Read more: http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/police-woman-threw-cooked-salmon-at-mother-in-law/article_91a03e4f-950b-51b2-9a66-ead9022c7a76.html

This article should be a great setup for some witty remarks...
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