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calendar   Friday - December 02, 2011

Crunchy Crunchy Numbers

Unexpectedly Bogus

“Unemployment Drops To Only 8.6%!!!”



Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.6 Percent, Lowest Since March 2009

WASHINGTON – The unemployment rate fell last month to its lowest level in more than two and a half years, as employers stepped up hiring in response to the slowly improving economy.

The Labor Department says the unemployment rate dropped sharply to 8.6 percent last month, down from 9 percent in October. The rate hasn’t been that low since March 2009, during the depths of the recession.

Employers added 120,000 jobs last month. And the previous two months were revised up to show that 72,000 more jobs added—the fourth straight month the government revised prior months higher.

Still, one reason the unemployment rate fell so much was because roughly 315,000 people gave up looking for work and were no longer counted as unemployed.




Sure. Sure, I believe it. Riiight. Let’s ignore how many of those newly added jobs are seasonal retail; extra help hired for the Thanksgiving to Christmas surge. Then let’s merely note in passing that the numbers are so much better perhaps because such a huge crowd of folks have finally used up their super-extended unemployment benefits. But hey, let’s completely ignore the utterly flawed counting system that considers people who no longer get an unemployment check to not be part of the workforce any longer. Nonsense. And don’t go saying that they’ve given up. They may not have; they’re just out of benefits.

You want more realistic numbers? Go to Social Security, and find out how many people between the ages of 15 and 70 have an SSN. Then have the IRS count how many folks reported an earned income. Now hit up the VA and the other side of Social Security and subtract off the folks who are listed as permanently disabled. That’s still not a perfect accounting, but it’s closer to the truth. Then watch those numbers go up and down month after month, year after year. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/02/2011 at 09:51 AM   
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Tough Night

We were up against the 2nd place team last night at Cheap League. Out of a dozen or so teams, we’re somewhere down around 10th place. It was pretty much straight up bowling; we got a whacking great 9 pins worth of handicap. This makes for a highly competitive night.

I did OK the first game, rolling in the mid 180s. We won that game by about 30. The other team poured it on in the second game, but we answered the challenge. Or at least I did; I rolled a 257. Yay me!! So we won that game by about 11. Lane conditions just went to Hell in a hand basket in Game 3. What little oil was out there was gathered into 2 clumps, and the back end was breaking evilly and early. This made for some awful bowling from everyone, with splits and strange leaves all over the place. All over the alley actually, up and down all the lanes. Nasty. Their team adapted to this better than ours did, so they took that game by 50 or so, which gave them wood. I threw 20 or so under average, so what coulda/shoulda/woulda been a 700 night didn’t even break 600. Close, but no Monica. Rats. On the other hand, I figured out the right adjustment midway through the game, so I recovered from throwing utter crap to making 5 in a row from the 7th frame, which brought our team’s total really close to theirs at the top of the 10th. I thought we had a chance, but my squad just didn’t have their game face on so they plooped out while our opponents rallied. Damn. So we split the night 4-3. I don’t know if that will bring us up, bring them down, or just leave us both in the same place in the standings.

I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again: I swear you win or lose because of your attitude. My guys had a bad case of the “I can’ts” ... and they couldn’t. I wasn’t exactly thrilled with my performance in the first half of Game 3 either, but instead of sulking and hating on myself I set out to find the fix. When I threw a squirt ball in the 5th after having guttered in the 4th, I figured out that my inserts were oily and I couldn’t hold onto the ball. So I went and washed my hands, and took a rag to the finger holes. Then I held the ball with a bit more authority. This caused me to hold onto it a touch longer, which gave my throw a bit of extra loft and speed, so it went deeper. Right past the quagmire zone in the back end, and right into the pocket at a good angle. Strike. Strike. Strike. Strike. Strike. 3. Drat. That 3 in end of the 10th was because I was cracking up from overhearing some really dirty funny comments the other team was making to each other. Some kind of Navy joke about some sailor called Seaman Stains. Cracking wise is a better way to deal with the stress and frustration than having a sulk or a hissy fit. And that’s probably why they won the third game.

Next week is a position round. This league has lots of them; 6 I think for the year. It’s not up to me, but if it were I wouldn’t have any. I think position rounds tend to glue the teams into the standings slots they’re already in, and in this league the first place team is already up 13 points.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/02/2011 at 08:43 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 01, 2011

Well this is embarrassing!

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I always wondered why the wolf was in Grandma’s house!

It’s bad enough that I find stuff like this. Think of the sick people who make it!



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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/01/2011 at 08:41 PM   
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COM POOTER PROBLEMS continued

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THIS? THEN YOU COULD BE ONE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S TOP CODE CRACKERS

HERE FIRST Then click on the link there for all the rest including the test. Have fun Drew.

iSpy: Government intelligence agency launches online code-cracking puzzle to recruit future stars of cyber-savvy espionage
GCHQ looks beyond its traditional recruitment pool of Oxbridge to answer the threat of cyber crime
Those who unscramble the code could be fast-tracked to a secret service career
‘A number of people’ solved the code in just a few hours

By KERRY MCQUEENEY

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When it comes to the secretive business of recruiting spies, images of shadowy figures and covert meetings at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge spring to mind.
However in response to increased threats from cyber crime, a Government agency is throwing open its recruitment process to self-taught hackers and mathematical geniuses who have not been educated at Oxbridge.
The UK intelligence agency GCHQ has launched an online code-cracking competition in a bid to seek out the next generation of internet-savvy spies with the hope they can help protect the country from the growing problem of cyber crime.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/01/2011 at 04:04 PM   
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com pooter problems

Something wrong with my mouse today; left click not working. Lucky me I have a 4 button laser mouse with a wheel, so I could reprogram one of the spare buttons to work as the left clicker. But it’s still annoying. So here’s a redhead.  She has very bold looks that you’ll either love or hate, but you can’t argue that she isn’t in really great shape. This is fashion and fitness model Layna Brett from Toronto, who is a spokes-model for several very famous brands. Yes, she’s a dancer as well, and I gather she is also involved with a personal training gym. You go girl!



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This may be a recycle for me, but then again so might this link: Obama, the affirmative action president. Both are still worth another look though!

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/01/2011 at 02:11 PM   
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Oops! Another Ray Stevens…song?


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/01/2011 at 11:38 AM   
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should medical staff, dentists, doctors with hiv, be allowed to treat patients?

Lets here it for the Department of Health. They want us to be brave.  Well, I am not ashamed to confess I am a world class coward when it comes to this sort of thing.  Sorry but I’d be damn nervous knowing someone with HIV was gonna be working on me.  Wait. Sorry?  Why should I be sorry for being a bit paranoid about this? 

Take a look.  Would you feel comfortable with this?

HIV sufferers could be allowed to work as surgeons and dentists

By SOPHIE BORLAND

HIV sufferers could soon be able to work as surgeons or dentists.

The Department of Health wants to lift the current ban because it claims any risk to patients is ‘very low’.

Health workers who are HIV positive are banned from performing most surgery or dental treatment in case they cut themselves with their instruments and infect patients with their blood.

They can become GPs, hospital doctors, nurses or midwives and carry out nearly all day-to-day tasks, including giving injections, which are considered low risk.

But the Department of Health wants to lift the ban because it says the chance of a health worker infecting a patient is ‘negligible’.

uh huh well, I’m on the chicken side of this issue. 

It has undertaken research suggesting the risk of a patient catching HIV from their doctor, dentist or surgeon is less than one in five million, similar to that of being killed by lightning.

Officials say the risk can be further reduced by ensuring any infected member of staff takes medication to reduce their virus count, which means it cannot easily be passed on.

The Government says there have so far been no recorded cases of patients in Britain catching HIV from a healthcare worker, although it has happened abroad.

In the U.S. a dentist with HIV infected six patients, while a gynaecologist in Spain passed on the illness to one woman.

And in France a nurse is known to have passed on the virus to one patient and an orthopaedic surgeon infected another.

The Department of Health launched a consultation yesterday on its proposals to lift the ban and in the next few weeks will gather feedback from organisations and the public.

Officials are expected to make a final decision next year.

Right. Here we go again .  Feedback from the public. Translation.  We’re going to hold another one of our “consultations” where our decision has already been made.

They say the risk to patients is just one in five million. Oh I feel better already.

some reader comments from the Daily Mail

1 in 5 million”??! With 51 million people in England, 10 people are potentially at risk of getting HIV just because a surgeon or dentist accidently gets a bit of blood in you. Absolutly horrific....there are plenty of other jobs you can give people like this, you wouldn’t make a blind person a bus driver, why do this?!
- Alex, UK, 1/12/2011 11:20

1 in 5 million, so that means you have a better chance of catching HIV than winning the lottery.- Patrick , london, 01/12/2011 08:25### And usualy there is a winner every week! This proposal is a bit like saying that it is fine for “Typhoid Mary” to cook for you as long as she washes her hands first! No thanks! In all seriousness, there are plenty of HIV positive people out there who need regular medical treatment, It would make sense for HIV positive medical staff to concentrate on looking after those that are already infected and have nothing to lose. there is no need for them to be out of a job because of their condition. and there is no need for exposing the rest of us to a small but totally unececcary risk of a deadly disease in order to satisfy a political agenda!
- Paul, Surrey, 1/12/2011 11:1


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/01/2011 at 09:50 AM   
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clarkson advises shoot the strikers, union wants him investigated. screw the unions.

Jeremy Clarkson is known to be very outspoken. Sometimes his sense of humor causes distress among the left.  And that’s a good thing.
Well, this time he suggested on national TV that the union strikers should all be shot.  In front of their families.
Naturally it’s on BBC video.

RIGHT HERE.

Hey ... sometimes the guy is funny and anyway, serious or not, he says what ppl are thinking anyway.  But the thought police in the unions aren’t pleased and are

demanding a police investigation.  WTF?  Investigate what?  He said it, on TV. So what is there to probe?

Typical bone head unions. 
Anyway ... I second Clarkson’s motion with reservation about the family, and restrict it to the fat cat union bosses who organize the strikes.  Most of the comments that follow the article seem to support JC, as he’s often referred to.

I would have had them all SHOT! Clarkson’s rant at strikers branded silly by Cameron (and now union demands a police probe)

Unison taking legal advice about ‘appalling’ comments

David Cameron tells the Top Gear presenter it was a ‘silly thing to say’

Ed Miliband says the comments are ‘disgraceful and disgusting’

By JOHN STEVENS and ROB COOPER

Jeremy Clarkson could face a police investigation after he said that those striking should be shot.

Speaking on the BBC’s One Show he said that government workers refusing to work should be killed in front of their families.

Today Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said they were seeking ‘urgent legal advice’ about whether his comments had been referred to police.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said they had not yet received a complaint.

Ed Miliband says the comments are ‘disgraceful and disgusting’
Yeah well, Comrade Miliband is highly disgusting to look at.  You must be in favor of anything Miliband is against. And against anything the comrade is for.

catch the link above for short clip.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/01/2011 at 09:06 AM   
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the world’s longest model train on 39,000ft of tracks over a quarter an acre

This is not only incredible, it’s an awesome undertaking.  I love this kind of thing.  Would love to go there. Darn, it’s only across the channel from us.

The article comes from THE DAILY MAIL

View full screen. Impressive! But you knew that already.


Take a ride with the world’s longest model train on 39,000ft of tracks over a quarter an acre that took 500,000 hours to build

(and it’s growing)

By EMMA REYNOLDS
Last updated at 1:30 AM on 1st December 2011

Welcome to the world’s largest model railroad, in which the whole of human life is faithfully recreated in miniature.

The Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg boasts more than 39,000 feet of tracks, on which 890 trains travel across a quarter of an acre of land.

And there is much more to the intricate creation than railway lines, with carefully crafted party-goers, lovers and mourners at a funeral making their way around the tiny planet.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/01/2011 at 08:34 AM   
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anarchists try and fail as cops react swiftly this time around. sadly, anarchists still alive.

Here we almost went again but this time, the cops did what cops are paid to do.

If I have any gripe it’s only that they didn’t use deadly force.  The only real way to contain and defeat these slimy commie anarchists. 
I wonder how long it will be before openly stating extreme hatred for this group will be declared a hate crime.

One of the people making comments at the end of the article said exactly what I thought when seeing the hard copy photo. 
A rent a commie is what he said while I looked at it and thought he resembled Trotsky or maybe a young version of Lenin. I simply saw commie all over the creep. I think you will too when you see the link.  Really.  They just seem to have an identifiable look about them.  Right out of central casting.

Also new to the strike action were London Ambulance dispatchers and paramedics, who had not been on strike since the 1970s.
Most of the banners on display were distributed by the big trade unions - Unite, Unison, the NUT and the PCS.

Right. And not shown here in the on line version for some reason, are the hammer and sickle flags.  That’s says a lot don’t ya think?

And as for the slag in the photo here, what a look. Good. I hope it hurt a lot, whatever caused it. 

Violence as anarchists hijack the big march, clash with police and storm offices of multi-national company

Claim they targeted company because of chief executive’s salary

By REBECCA EVANS and ARTHUR MARTIN

After laying siege to St Paul’s Cathedral for weeks, anarchists hijacked the pensions protest yesterday.
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Amid violent clashes with police, members of the notorious anti-capitalist group Occupy London stormed the head office of a FTSE 100 company.
As 25,000 TUC strikers including a strong representation of teachers marched through the capital, the 60-strong gang broke away and forced their way into the West End offices of Xstrata, a multi-national mining firm.

The professional protesters got on to the roof of the four-storey building, where they unfurled a banner saying ‘All power to the 99%’ and set off flares.
Some tried to break into the office of the company’s boss Mick Davis to confront him over his ‘excessive’ pay.

In stark contrast to the summer riots, where police were criticised for allowing problems to escalate, hundreds of officers descended on the building within minutes and surrounded the protesters.
One of the demonstrators said: ‘We put the message out on Twitter to meet here. We want to make a stand about the huge pay rise Mick Davis has received.
Also new to the strike action were London Ambulance dispatchers and paramedics, who had not been on strike since the 1970s.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/01/2011 at 07:09 AM   
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UNIONS STRIKE AND MERCHANTS CASH IN.

I saw a somewhat large union gathering on the green in Southampton yesterday.  Complete with the usual flags and signs etc.  But not quite as large as I’d expected.  And it’s true the streets were as crowded and packed as this photo portrays. While this shot is not Southampton, it was no different there.
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If I hadn’t been there, and I’d seen this photo today, I would have cynically thought it was one of those photos famous for showing a large crowd where only a small one was the reality.  But no.  A friend goes into Southampton every few months for odds and ends, and I enjoy tagging along as I like Maplin, an electronic store with all sorts of gadgets and toys and good batteries I stock up on. High tech and a staff that actually knows what they are talking about and are helpful. And blessing of blessings. They didn’t have any music on. Relief.

We had a number of stops to make, or rather my friend did and the walk was good for me as I don’t do much of that.  So as I was saying, the crowds were unbelievable and I had not seen that many in the past.  I was forgetting about the one day nation wide strike by the comrades.
They weren’t in evidence anywhere on the high street as there was nothing to picket.

I didn’t see them until we left and were outbound for Winchester. That was when I saw them on the green outside the city center.  It’s my understanding by reading our local paper this morning, that Winchester’s high street merchants enjoyed the boon because so many were off work or out of school.
As we were making our way back to his car, parked it felt like miles away, we were going through side streets and an alley or two when I saw the remains of the ancient wall.  Oh good grief.  Was I carrying a camera with me as I’d been lectured years ago by a pro? Of course not.  So I borrowed the phone camera from said friend and did a few snaps, which included me climbing an old fire escape on an old bldg., one rail of which had come away from it’s wall mountings.  There was so much more before the war, that anything was left is a miracle. He’s going to load the pix on his pc and email me.  Soon as he does I’ll share.


On the day of the big strike, picket lines are quiet, but shopping centres are packed

By JAMES CHAPMAN and BECKY BARROW

Militant union leaders failed in their campaign to bring Britain to its knees yesterday.
David Cameron dismissed as a ‘damp squib’ a strike billed as the biggest for a generation.
With picket lines sparsely populated, only a quarter of civil servants took action, the NHS suffered minimal disruption and Britain’s borders operated more smoothly than normal. JobCentres remained open, courts were sitting, rubbish was collected and driving tests went ahead.

SEE THE PHOTOS HERE, THEY TELL A BETTER STORY


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/01/2011 at 05:57 AM   
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