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  • The west risks collateral damage by punishing Russia

    07/29/2014 3:15:03 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 27 July 2014 | Wolfgang Münchau
    When I read last week’s revision in the International Monetary Fund’s forecasts, I was reminded of William Gilmore Simms, a 19th century US historian, who said: “I believe that economists put decimal points in their forecasts to show that they have a sense of humour.” If only that were true. The latest update of the IMF’s World Economic Outlook puzzled me in two decimal-point respects, neither of them humorous. The sanctions to be decided this week are known in EU jargon as “tier three”; the red-alert stage. As reported by Peter Spiegel, the Financial Times Brussels bureau chief, the European...
  • The Reason One Famous Restaurant Started Getting Bad Reviews Reveals Reality Of Our Time

    07/24/2014 2:14:42 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 97 replies
    IJReview ^ | 07/23/2014 | By Caroline Schaefer
    This recount, found on The Meta Picture, tells the story of one restaurant’s quest to find out why they kept getting bad reviews despite serving the same number of customers on a daily basis. It took a look into their past to discover exactly what has changed in the last ten years – and their findings tell more about how we as a country have changed – possibly, for the worse. Now, although this particular instance may or may not be true, it tells a story that is all too common today in America. We are so engrossed in ourselves...
  • GCC 'Millionaire' Caught Begging in Saudi Arabia

    07/22/2014 4:38:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Police found bank deposits receipts worth Dh1.2m and expensive four-wheel car with himSaudi police arrested an Arab man for begging although he had in excess of SR1.2 million (Dh1.2 million) and an expensive four-wheel vehicle. Police said the unnamed man, a resident of a nearby Gulf country, is visiting the Gulf kingdom on a tourist visa with his wife and three children, adding that he was found to be staying in a luxury furnished apartment in the Western Saudi port of Yanbu. “We found large sums of cash with him and receipts for bank deposits…he had a total of more...
  • Maria Bartiromo: we need Economic Patriotism (Hooray Maria!!) on show Sunday Morning Futures

    07/20/2014 7:59:47 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 52 replies
    Fox News | July 20 2014 | (rant)
    Hooray! Maria Bartiromo and gang were just discussing "Economic Patriotism" on her Fox News Channel show "Sunday Morning Futures". I couldn't believe it. FINALLY. Way to go. Much more conservatives need to climb on board this important topic.
  • How to Renounce America and Still Be Called a Patriot

    07/17/2014 9:38:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/17/2014 | Ron Fournier
    This story is about a gilded class of people and corporations enriched by the new American economy while the rest of its citizens pay the tab. The protagonists could be any number of institutional elites, but this column happens to be about a Democratic senator from West Virginia, Joe Manchin, and his daughter, Heather Bresch, the chief executive of Mylan, a giant maker of generic drugs based outside Pittsburgh. Her company's profits come largely from Medicaid and Medicare, which means her nest is feathered by U.S. taxpayers. On Monday, Bresch announced that Mylan will renounce its United States citizenship and...
  • Business majors' job prospects are looking bright

    07/16/2014 7:09:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Fortune ^ | 07/16/2014 | by Alison Damast
    For business graduates, job placement appears to be on par with last year, if not slightly better, and salaries are holding firm. At a recent open house for parents of incoming freshmen business students at Bentley University, Career Services Director Len Morrison had an encouraging message to share. Recent graduates have been landing jobs with ease, and companies have been flocking to campus, many making multiple hires, Morrison said. “I told them that I don’t think there is a better time to be graduating as a business student,” he said. “The economy is back and looks like it is moving...
  • Majority of employees feel they have NO control over decisions in the workplace

    07/11/2014 3:43:07 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    daily Mail ^ | 11 July 2014 | By Louise Boyle
    Most employees believe they have no say when it comes to changes in the workplace that directly affect their jobs. Six out of ten corporate staff said they have little or no input in decisions which affect them personally at work, according to a recent survey by Strayer University and Ipsos. Those over 35 felt their opinions mattered less than those workers aged 18-34 - although perhaps that's just a healthy dose of cynicism that comes from spending longer on the corporate ladder.
  • More Employment Woes Thanks To Obamacare

    07/10/2014 10:52:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    WMBF.. TruthRevolt ^ | 7.10.2014 | | | Caleb Howe
    WMBF in Myrtle Beach, SC, reported Wednesday on the growing trend of businesses hiring only part-time workers, due to an inability to afford Obamacare. This situation leaves workers without healthcare and without a full-time income or other benefits. Local staffing agencies say more small business are starting to hire more part time employees. Not because there is more full time work, but as WMBF reporter Mandy Noell found out, it's because they can't afford to have more full time employees. Obamacare places requirements for health care benefits that many small businesses just cannot afford to pay. As a result, they...
  • The world's first climate-controlled city: Dubai to build biggest mall on the planet....

    07/09/2014 5:20:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 6, 2014 | Sarah Gordon
    Dubai is already home to the tallest tower in the world, so it was just a matter of time until the glitzy emirate planned another record-breaking construction. Its next project involves building the largest shopping mall on the planet, complete with climate-controlled streets, the world's largest indoor theme park and 100 hotels and apartments. In fact, the ambitious emirate has dubbed the project a 'temperature-controlled pedestrian city'. Occupying 48 million square feet, the Mall of the World will also contain health resorts, theatres, a Celebration Steet modelled on the Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona and 'retail streets network' that will stretch...
  • Isis mobile payment platform to change its name to avoid association with militant group

    07/07/2014 1:11:15 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 10 replies
    Engadget ^ | 07/07/14 | Brad Molen
    Near the end of 2010, a group of telecommunications and commerce businesses joined forces to form a mobile payment venture called Isis. It was a solid brand name: Short, simple and easy to remember. Unfortunately, ISIS is now associated with a militant group based in the Middle East, so the wireless company believes a branding tweak makes sense.
  • Hobby Lobby Raises Minimum Wage to $14: What Happens When Govt Doesn’t Tie Businesses’ Hands

    07/04/2014 8:32:00 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 7-3-14 | Alex Kocman
    Hobby Lobby CEO David Green is committed to trying to run his business the way Jesus might have. After a massive victory for religious freedom at the Supreme Court on Monday, Christian-owned arts and crafts giant Hobby Lobby has announced that its minimum wage for full-time hourly workers will be raised to $14.50 per hour. Effective immediately, the announcement also entails that part-time hourly workers receive $9.50 per hour. Given the track record of Green's retail chain, the wage increase is not incredibly dramatic. In 2012, the retailer was already paying full-time employees $13 per hour while part-timers earned $9....
  • Politics of Wine & Liquor Brands

    07/03/2014 8:31:45 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 13 replies
    Do your politics line up with your drink of choice? To answer this question we looked to GFK MRI survey data to profile over 50 major brands of wine and spirits according to voter registration and turnout history. The findings are summarized in the following bubble chart “Politics of Wine & Liquor Brands.” The chart shows that Democratic drinkers are more likely to sip clear liquors like Absolut while Republicans prefers darker drinks like Jim Beam. And, perhaps not surprisingly, people who take shots of Jagermeister or Don Julio are much less likely to vote.
  • As Its Businesses Flee, Is There Hope for California?

    07/03/2014 7:06:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    RCM ^ | 07/03/2014 | Carson Bruno
    For the past six years, the Tax Foundation's "State Business Climate Index" has named California 48th in the nation. CEO Magazine has placed it dead last for the past eight years in its "Best and Worst States for Business" rankings. The causes of California's business climate struggles are well-documented: high, overly complicated, and numerous taxes, expensive property, increasing energy costs, burdensome labor and environmental regulations, and a state legislature indifferent to business concerns, among others.So, when rankings like CNBC's show California more competitive, it raises questions. Why? And is there hope for California? While most rankings look narrowly at a...
  • SBA Expected To Release Fraudulent and Falsified Small Business Data Soon

    07/02/2014 9:49:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Red State ^ | July 2nd, 2014 | Lloyd Chapman
    Every year about this time the Small Business Administration (SBA) issues a press release claiming the federal government barely missed the 23% small business contracting goal required by law. In reality, the Obama Administration has never come anywhere close to reaching the minimum 23% small business-contracting goal. Based on all the information I have been able to obtain under the Freedom of Information Act, I estimate legitimate small businesses in America are currently receiving no more than 5% of all federal contracts and subcontracts. The SBA’s favorite time to release their annual falsified and fabricated small business contracting data is...
  • State Policies Matter

    07/02/2014 10:45:50 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/29/2014 | Lyman Stone
    A new report by Michigan Future Inc. focuses on Minnesota, claiming to show how Minnesota has maintained a high level of economic prosperity despite being a high-tax state. After a detailed look at Minnesota's tax policies, the report claims that Minnesota's strong economy is due to investing "additional revenue in services and investments that matter in a knowledge-based economy," which means, broadly, higher government spending. But it does not address key structural differences between Michigan and Minnesota's economies, and it actually misses the fact that Michigan's "knowledge-based economy" is, by many metrics, just as strong as Minnesota's. Ultimately, there is...
  • Freep a poll! (Paid leave for mothers of newborns?0

    06/29/2014 10:12:48 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 32 replies
    JSonline.com ^ | journal sentineal
    President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and require paid leave for mothers of newborns. Do you agree? Yes No
  • Obama: GOP pushing ‘phony scandals’

    06/27/2014 1:21:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 26, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama charged that his Republican opponents had “nothing to offer except cynicism and fear and frustration” during a fundraiser Thursday in Minnesota. The fundraiser capped off a day Obama spent with Rebekah Erler, a working mother who wrote the president to detail her financial struggle. “It moved me,” Obama said of the letter, adding that he only went into politics to help people like her. Obama said he remembered what it felt like to be struggling to figure out “how you lead a good life and raise your kids, not looking to get wildly wealthy… trying to make ends...
  • Nude Photos Sunk American Apparel Founder

    06/22/2014 6:51:45 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 20 replies
    Newser ^ | 6-22-2014 | Evann Gastaldo
    Insiders also tell the New York Post the naked pictures were allegedly posted on a blog purportedly belonging to Morales, and it's illegal in California to falsely impersonate others online. More woes for Charney: On Friday, a video of him dancing naked in front of two female employees surfaced.
  • Why Americans Hate Big Business

    06/15/2014 2:09:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 15, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    Big Business does some things that are utterly necessary in modern society. They build airplanes and cars. They run airlines, phone companies, credit card companies and banks. But there is not a person among us, including employees of big businesses, that has not withered with frustration from confronting these businesses with a problem and then receiving little or no results. Even though big businesses get the most attention, the vast majority of people in the U.S. work for small businesses. Small businesses by nature are more reactive and responsive to their customers. They are closer to the customer and more...
  • The Beauty, Business and Science of Spurs: Business Leaders Can Learn from the San Antonio Spurs

    06/12/2014 3:02:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Real Clear Sports ^ | 06/12/2014 | BY CARSON CUNNINGHAM & MARK L. FRIGO
    A video of the remarkable San Antonio Spurs recently went viral on YouTube. It features several minutes of alluring, creative, and unselfish basketball of the sort that companies and teams engaged in all kinds of different pursuits can learn from, of the sort that was on full display Tuesday night in the Spurs' convincing win over the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.The Spurs are, of course, in the midst of a jaw-dropping 15-year run, and much of the credit for the organization’s success goes to its leadership, especially its cantankerous yet endearing head coach, Gregg “Pop” Popovich,...
  • http://airows.com/34-honest-logo-slogans/

    06/08/2014 5:23:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    airows.com ^ | Jack Archer
    Clif Dickens runs the Honest Slogans blog and basically, he just takes companies almost everyone knows, and adds a slogan that everyone thinks. Great idea and great execution....
  • ‘A Soup of Misery’: Over Half of People Say They’d Abandon Their Cable Company, if Only They Could

    06/06/2014 4:19:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Brian Fung
    Frustrated with rising prices? Check. Keep getting hit with more fees and charges? Check. You're paying for more channels than you'd ever want to watch? Check. These are just a handful of the most common complaints consumers have when it comes to grappling with cable companies. And it's not just anecdotal: A survey of subscribers on the nation's biggest cable providers has found that more than half of Americans would abandon their cable provider if they felt they could. Cable rage is real, and here's the data to prove it. Fifty-three percent of respondents to a recent survey said they'd...
  • Seattle: $15 Minimum Wage Means War on Small Business

    06/04/2014 10:32:01 AM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 28 replies
    Pajamas Media Tattler ^ | June 2, 2014 | Stephen Kruiser
    Hippie infestation. Seattle’s city council on Monday unanimously approved an increase in the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, making it the nation’s highest by far. The increase was formally proposed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, and his spokesman said he intends to sign the ordinance on Tuesday. Apparently unaware that it doesn’t have the weather advantages that other places pricing themselves out of existence do (Los Angeles, anyone?), Seattle seems to be ready to set a record for how many businesses it can ruin. The earnest idiots who whip up this minimum wage frenzy always use big corporations...
  • Declining Business Dynamism in the United States: A Look at States and Metros

    05/28/2014 10:00:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Brookings ^ | May 5, 2014 | Ian Hathaway and Robert E. Litan
    Business dynamism is the process by which firms continually are born, fail, expand, and contract, as some jobs are created, others are destroyed, and others still are turned over. Research has firmly established that this dynamic process is vital to productivity and sustained economic growth. Entrepreneurs play a critical role in this process, and in net job creation. ... But recent research shows that dynamism is slowing down. Business churning and new firm formations have been on a persistent decline during the last few decades, and the pace of net job creation has been subdued. This decline has been documented...
  • Businesses are going everywhere but New York

    05/26/2014 6:13:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/26/2014 | By John Aidan Byrne
    New York is losing the battle to lure outsourced jobs now slowly trickling back to the US — and more competitive regions are poaching Gotham’s jobs. The tax breaks and incentives to stem New York’s slide? Too little, too late, critics say. “If you’re a businessman thinking of bringing jobs back to one of the 50 states, then New York is at the bottom of that list,” said Neal Asbury, a manufacturer who grew up in Morristown, NJ, and has studied New York’s high cost base. “You have a governor telling the world he doesn’t want conservatives in his state...
  • State Works to Overhaul Energy Policy [NM]

    05/25/2014 8:49:03 PM PDT · by nowill7070 · 11 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 5/12/14 | Kevin Robinson-Avilla
    Copyright © 2014 Albuquerque Journal A statewide effort is underway to forge new, comprehensive policies and strategies to promote energy development. The initiative, which the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department launched last fall, aims to shore up the state’s energy-related industries as a force for job creation and long-term economic development. That includes virtually every energy sector from oil and gas to biofuels, renewable electric generation and even nuclear power, said Daniel Fine, associate director of the Center for Energy Policy at the New Mexico Institute for Mining and Technology in Socorro. New Mexico Tech is assisting in the...
  • Senators want bigger fines for car recalls after GM scandal

    05/23/2014 11:01:49 AM PDT · by illiac · 10 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 5/23/14 | MarketWatch
    Three Senate Democrats on Thursday unveiled a bill that would lift the cap on the maximum civil fine the government can slap on automakers for failing to report known defects. Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Edward Markey of Massachusetts, and Bill Nelson of Florida came out with the legislation in response to last week’s $35 million fine on General Motors Co. GM +0.67% as part of a settlement for delays in recalling vehicles with faulty ignition switches.
  • MEGA Failure: Job Projections From Michigan Corporate Welfare Program Rarely Came True

    05/23/2014 6:19:30 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/21/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Michigan’s former flagship economic development program was used for years by politicians on both sides of the aisle to tout job creation projections. But a review of the program shows those jobs rarely materialized. Of the 434 Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) credits approved for new jobs from 2005 to the end of the program in 2011, only 10 projects met or exceeded their estimated job counts. In other words, just 2.3 percent of MEGA projects met or exceeded expectations. Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm greatly expanded the MEGA program. The Michigan Economic Development Corp., which oversaw the program, projected that...
  • Do Taxes Matter to Migration?

    05/21/2014 1:55:41 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 1 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-21-14 | Ben Wilterdink
    While certainly not the only factor affecting whether Americans move from one state to another, taxes play a significant role in the equation, even if it is most significantly an indirect role. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities recently released a report with the purpose of “debunking” this common-sense claim. In addition to the rebuttal from ALEC’s Center for State Fiscal Reform staff, the Tax Foundation also released a series of blog posts that address a few individual issues in CBPP’s report. First, the Tax Foundation makes the crucial point that taxes matter on the margin. Taxes might not...
  • This Is The End: More businesses in America are being destroyed than created

    05/13/2014 5:41:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/13/2014 | STEPHEN GREEN
    This is the end My only friend, the end Of our elaborate plans, the end Of everything that stands, the end No safety or surprise, the end—The DoorsYou know it’s bad when I begin by quoting The Doors, but “The End” has been stuck in my head since I started collecting stories for this week’s column.The first was Erik Sherman’s Inc. writeup [1] of a recent Brookings Institution report on the decline of American entrepreneurship. According to Brookings, “entrepreneurship has reached at least a three-decade low across virtually all of the country.” Three decades also happens to be as...
  • Obamanomics: More businesses going under than are being created

    05/07/2014 7:39:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/07/2014 | Rick Moran
    For the first time in 3 decades, businesses are collapsing faster than they're being created. That's the concluisions of a study done by the Brooking Institution, which looked at business creation since 1978.Washington Post: The American economy is less entrepreneurial now than at any point in the last three decades. That's the conclusion of a new study out from the Brookings Institution, which looks at the rates of new business creation and destruction since 1978. Not only that, but during the most recent three years of the study -- 2009, 2010 and 2011 -- businesses were collapsing faster than they...
  • President Obama racked up close to $3 million in flight costs this year on two trips he billed as…

    05/03/2014 12:50:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 07:28 EST, 1 May 2014 | Francesca Chambers
    The White House spent $2,952,278 in flight expenses this year for two trips President Barack Obama took on which he spent a large chunk of his time playing golf. Obama billed both trips as official business, but he spent more time golfing than he did participating in government meetings, government oversight organization Judicial Watch reports. The conservative organization obtained the cost of Obama’s Air Force 1 trips through Freedom of Information Act requests. The cost per flying hour of the president’s plane is $210,877, the Department of the Air Force told Judicial Watch. …
  • It Turns Out That The Smartest People Do Run The US

    05/01/2014 7:17:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/01/2014 | JONATHAN WAI
    Does IQ correlate with power? How many powerful people in the U.S. are actually geniuses, and how much does intelligence really affect success? In one of my research papers published last year, Investigating America's Elite, I set out to address these questions. I collected data on some key groups that greatly influence society: Fortune 500 CEOs, billionaires, federal judges, Senators, and House members. Individuals were deemed to be in the top 1% of ability if they attended an undergraduate or graduate school that had extremely high average standardized test scores that put the typical person well within the top 1%....
  • American Dreaming

    04/30/2014 5:06:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2014 | John Stossel
    Did you know that I started Facebook? Really! Well, sort of ... When I was in college at all-male Princeton, I tried to make money by adding photos to a snarky guide to neighboring girls' schools. The guide had been a profitable publishing success, and my idea was simply to add the girls' pictures. Schools like Wellesley, Bryn Mawr, Vassar, etc., already published those pictures, so all I had to do was get permission from administrators at those schools. Surprisingly, they gave it to me. Unfortunately for me and my "Face Book," there was no Internet then. So I don't...
  • Liberal Ex-Congressman Opens Restaurant, Realizes Government Regulations Suck

    04/29/2014 8:49:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/29/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    It’s different when you’re on the receiving end. The former Michigan Democratic congressman, liberal pit bull, academic, antiwar firebrand and labor-union BFF has undergone an epiphany, making him simpatico with businesses and the profit motive.When his family approached him more than four years ago about starting Zest, Bonior became a scrappy entrepreneur. He used his congressional access to knock on every one of 435 congressional offices, dropping off a flier for Zest. He worked the Metro stations, handing out coupons. He went door-to-door, as if he were campaigning.“We kept thinking of ways to reach out.”He knew it was risky. Most...
  • ‘Carloads’ of terrorists turned Oregon ranch into training camp

    04/23/2014 8:27:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4-23-14 | Rich Calder
    An Oregon woman says she thought she was opening up her family’s ranch to local Muslims to teach them how to grow and can veggies — and that her husband was even expecting a tax write-off. But US-born Muslim convert Eva Hatley testified in Manhattan federal court Tuesday that after the “carloads’’ of fellow Muslims she met through her mosque arrived at the 160-acre ranch in Bly in 1999, the couple watched helplessly as their home was turned into an al Qaeda training camp. “It wasn’t anything like I envisioned for the property,” insisted Hatley, testifying at the trial of...
  • Want To Become A Billionaire? Just Solve One Of These 10 Problems

    04/22/2014 8:58:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/22/2014 | Rob Wile
    We recently gave you a list of 25 trends that would be making people billions. Most of the phenomena will end up benefiting everyone.But if you fancied yourself as someone who could be turned into a billionaire, you were arguably cheating — these were things everyone has already figured out.The real challenge, and the greater value and more lucrative pursuit, would be to come up with the solutions to problems that have befuddled engineers for decades or more.We thought of 10 of them:1. Wireless Power Digital devices have become so small that it can be cumbersome to plug them into a...
  • New York no longer worst state to do business

    04/16/2014 11:44:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Crain Communications ^ | April 15, 2014 | Jeremy Smerd
    That honor now goes to New Jersey. Tax reforms passed in the latest budget represent big improvements for corporations, but not so much for individuals. ... Still, New York remains a burdensome place to earn a living. The reforms did not change the state's poor rankings for having high sales taxes (No. 38), individual income taxes (No. 49) and unemployment taxes (No. 45). Meanwhile, the governor announced Tuesday that the state tax department collected nearly $4 billion in evaded taxes in the past year, a 5% or $200 million increase compared to the year earlier.The state collects about $87 billion...
  • Businesses Say They're Having Trouble Finding People Who Will Show Up For Work

    04/16/2014 7:27:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/16/2014 | MATTHEW BOESLER
    Every month, the New York Fed conducts two surveys: the Empire State Manufacturing Survey and its services-sector counterpart, the Business Leaders Survey. And each April it asks respondents of both surveys questions related to the difficulty of finding potential hires with certain skills.This year's pair of April surveys confirmed that, as in previous years, employers are having trouble finding people with advanced computer and interpersonal skills, punctuality, and reliability.Further, businesses in both the manufacturing and services sectors report that it is becoming increasingly difficult to retain skilled workers.Below are the two key tables from the survey. The first shows that...
  • Gay activists aim to shut down Oregon health food store over owner’s support for true marriage

    04/08/2014 4:17:05 PM PDT · by Morgana · 75 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    PORTLAND, OR, April 8, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A soon-to-be opened natural foods store in Oregon is in danger of never opening its doors after homosexual activists publicized remarks its Mormon owner made online supporting true marriage and organized a boycott targeting not just the store, but its suppliers. Chauncy Childs had planned to open Moreland Farmers Pantry, an organic, locally-sourced grocery store, in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland. But because of comments she made under a pseudonym during a discussion on Facebook last year in which she defended true marriage and said business owners should have the right to refuse...
  • Coldwater Creek Files for Bankruptcy

    04/11/2014 10:49:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    wsj.com ^ | 04-11-2014 | By Tom Corrigan And Michael Calia
    Coldwater Creek Inc., CWTR -27.68% a women's clothing and accessory retailer, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware Friday with a plan to liquidate its inventory and close its stores after failing to attract a buyer. The retailer said it had considered several strategic alternatives over the past six months, including a sale, although it couldn't find a buyer or raise enough capital to fund its business. Coldwater, which operates a catalog business, retail and factory stores, as well as an e-commerce website, expects to start going-out-of-business sales to liquidate its inventory in early May. Like much of the...
  • The Expert...a short comedy sketch.

    04/05/2014 5:06:42 AM PDT · by Vanders9 · 20 replies
    You Tube ^ | Lauris Beinerts
    The Expert...Someone sent me this and I thought it was well worth sharing. Enjoy!
  • Pizza Vending Machines: The Next Big Thing?

    04/04/2014 3:55:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    LAWeekly ^ | Fri, Apr 4, 2014 | Besha Rodell
    It seems the non-packaged food vending machine trend is not slowing, not one bit. We've all heard of cupcake vending machines. And of course, there was the rise and fall and resurrection of Burritobox. And now we hear word of Let's Pizza, a pizza vending machine. Because, of course there would be a pizza vending machine. You don't want a dystopian future with no pizza, do you?? Alright then. For now, Let's Pizza is only operating in the UK and Italy, but there have been rumors for years that the machines will debut in the U.S. any minute. Invented by...
  • Owner's anti-gay views cause furor over soon-to-open Sellwood grocery store (OR)

    04/04/2014 6:12:36 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 43 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 04/03/2014 | Harry Esteve
    Another controversy has erupted over a Sellwood-Moreland business, this one over the owner’s views on gays and same-sex marriage. Facebook and other social media sites have exploded over a soon-to-open fresh meat and vegetable store called Moreland Farmers Pantry. Neighbors and nearby business owners, once excited by the prospect of the new shop, are now backing away. “They’re choosing to open a business in a very open-minded neighborhood,” said Tom Brown, owner of Brown Properties and president of the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance. “I think their personal views are going to hurt.”
  • Yellen: Economy Still Needs Extraordinary Support

    03/31/2014 4:40:22 PM PDT · by mykroar · 22 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 3/31/2014 | Dunstan Prial
    Janet Yellen REUTERS The monetary policies crafted and initiated by the Federal Reserve are intended to help Main Street rather than Wall Street, Fed Chair Janet Yellen told an audience of grassroots community organizers in Chicago on Monday. In an address that employed a handful of devices reminiscent of a political speech, Yellen made her case for a dovish approach toward raising interest rates. Yellen singled out the plights of several individuals – who she named and whose situations she described in detail – to illustrate labor markets are healing slowly and prolonged accommodative policy is needed to ensure labor...
  • Under My Thumb lyrics as sung by Mick Jagger

    03/29/2014 9:46:27 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 182 replies
    vanity | 3/30/14 | Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
    I was out earlier tonight and heard Mick Jagger over a store loudspeaker singing "Under My Thumb." Given the very tragic suicide of his lover of 13 years, fashion designer and stylist L'Wren Scott, who was buried earlier this week amid rumors that Mick's unfaithfulness was one contributory factor, I hope he never, ever performs that song again...
  • Get to Know the Global Superstars of Wine

    03/29/2014 7:20:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 27, 2014 | Will Lyons
    What every wine drinker should know about Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Riesling"I KNOW NOTHING about wine—where do I start?" is perhaps the most frequent question I am asked. An obvious starting point is with grape varieties, which each have their own distinctive character and flavor. There are more than 5,000 varieties of wine grapes planted in the world. Luckily, for those new to the subject, only 100 or so have enough appeal to be deemed commercially viable. Luckier still, it's a relatively small number that have found international recognition. Jean-Manuel Duvivier These used...
  • Having Better Technology Does Not Make Us Smarter

    03/25/2014 6:57:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 21, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    So how could we for days lose track of a 250-ton Malaysian jetliner that recently disappeared from radar screens as if it were some lost clipper ship of the 1840s? The answer is easy: The oceans are still big and the night remains dark. Jets, in comparison, are quite small. The seas are rough, the skies often stormy. For all our computerized sophistication, we really can lose a jet in a big and still wild world inhabited by millions who have not quite mastered technology, or who use technology to thwart technology. The problem is not just that high technology...
  • Mexican pizza

    03/20/2014 11:40:53 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 25 replies
    Two alternative links from their website. 1. Pa La Raza http://www.pizzapatron.com/chingona_3/ 2. Menu in english? I and my family live in San Antonio for decades. Will . . . unless offered free samples and apologies from this guy . . . will never buy some pizza not offered in french nor german . . . more close to San Antonio history prior to the Mexican revolution. Something new is okay. Just don't brand it as traditional San Antonio.
  • Gov. Rick Perry on KFI Los Angeles - luring businesses from California to Texas

    03/18/2014 3:16:23 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 7 replies
    KFI ^ | 3-18-14 | dfu
    After 330pm Pacific Daylight Savings Time, Gov. Rick Perry on with KFI's John and Ken. LISTEN LIVE TO JOHN AND KEN ONLINE