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  • Seattle Mayor Adds Diet Drinks to His Soda Tax ‘To Tackle White Privilege’

    05/07/2017 2:42:24 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 142 replies
    HeatStreet ^ | 5/6/2017
    The mayor of Seattle has altered the rules of his proposed soda tax — which would fund education for minorities–to include diet drinks because affluent white people tend to consume them more. Mayor Ed Murray of the staunchly liberal Seattle city originally proposed the soda tax during his state of the city address in February. Under his initial plan, distributors of sugary drinks would have to pay 2 cents per ounce. It would cover sodas such as Coke and Pepsi, energy drinks like Red Bull, fruit drinks, sweetened teas and bottled coffees such as those sold by Starbucks. The Mayor claimed the tax would bring $16 million in...
  • Coca-Cola calls in police after human waste is found in cans

    03/29/2017 11:29:18 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 45 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/28/17 | Henry McDonald
    Northern Ireland factory halts production after machine became clogged with faeces, though no contaminated drinks reached shelvesCoca-Cola has called in police to investigate how human waste turned up in a consignment of its drink cans at one of the company’s factories in Northern Ireland. The Police Service of Northern Ireland confirmed on Tuesday it had opened an inquiry into how faeces ended up in the cans at the Helllenic Bottling Company factory in Lisburn, Co Antrim. Coca-Cola suspended night-time processing last week at the plant when machines became clogged. The soft drinks giant said it impounded all the affected cans...
  • Soda companies, supermarkets report 30-50 pct. sales drop from soda tax

    02/22/2017 5:07:46 AM PST · by Prov1322 · 57 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 02.21.2017 | Julia Terruso
    Two months into the city’s sweetened-beverage tax, supermarkets and distributors are reporting a 30 percent to 50 percent drop in beverage sales and are planning for layoffs. One of the city's largest distributors says it will cut 20 percent of its workforce in March, and an owner of six ShopRite stores in Philadelphia says he expects to shed 300 workers this spring. “People are seeing sales decline larger than anything they’ve seen up to this point in the city,” said Alex Baloga, vice president of external relations at the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association. In response, the city questioned the legitimacy...
  • Social Security checks get measly $3.92 bump in 2017

    10/19/2016 11:09:59 AM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 122 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 10/19/2016 | Chris Isidore
    The typical retiree's monthly Social Security check will get only $3.92 bigger next year. That amounts to an increase of just 0.3% -- the smallest ever put in place to help cover higher prices. That's still an improvement from this year, when the lack of inflation kept benefits from increasing at all. The average retiree's monthly benefit is currently $1,305.30. "Over the last five years, Social Security COLA's have remained small or nonexistent," said AARP. "Every cent can matter to beneficiaries and their families. After last year's zero COLA, this year's announcement doesn't offer much help to the millions of...
  • Say Goodbye to the Annual Pay Raise

    06/26/2016 5:57:44 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 44 replies
    MSN Money ^ | June 26, 2016 | Bloomberg Staff
    Annual pay raises don't work. The salary increase serves two purposes: to motivate workers and to keep employees from leaving for a better-paying job. In its current form, the traditional raise does neither of those things very well. "You can't really do a lot with the annual raise," said Evren Esen, director of survey programs at the Society for Human Resource Management. When the economy is decent, annual pay adjustments come in at 1 percentage point or 2 percentage points ahead of inflation for a given year. That doesn't go far. Employees expect to get at least the cost of...
  • Here's How much money it takes to live comfortably in the 50 biggest US cities

    04/19/2016 12:47:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/19/2016 | Elyssa Kirkham, GOBankingRates
    Unless you're tracking expenses carefully, it can be hard to tell whether your city's cost of living or your own spending habits are the cause of your financial troubles. Using the 50-30-20 budgeting rule, for example — in which 50 percent of income covers necessities, 30 percent is for discretionary items and 20 percent is saved — you can quickly determine whether your income is sufficient to cover expenses for living in your city. If it isn't, you might have to cut costs or maybe even move. GoBankingRates conducted a cost-of-living comparison of the 75 most populous U.S. cities, surveying...
  • Why The True Cost Of Living Is Much Higher Than We're Told (Or Sold)

    03/20/2016 6:23:09 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 71 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 20 Mar 16 | Adam Taggart and Tyler Durden
    Over the past decade, we've been told that inflation has been tame -- actually below the target the Federal Reserve would like to see. But if that's true, then why does the average household find it harder and harder to get by? The ugly reality is that the true annual cost of living is far outpacing the government's reported inflation rate. By nearly 10x in many parts of the country. This week, we welcome Ed Butowsky, developer of the Chapwood Index, to the program. His index is a 'real world' measure of how prices are increasing much faster than the...
  • Mum died after "excessive consumption" of caffeine from drinking 8 litres of Pepsi Max every day

    11/04/2015 7:45:41 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 55 replies
    mirror ^ | 4 nov 2015 | EUGENE HENDERSON
    A post mortem found she died as a result of her "excessive consumption" of caffeine from the fizzy pop combined with her prescription drugs. "When mum was drinking heavily she could get through a one-litre bottle of vodka a day and four two-litre bottles of Pepsi Max."
  • Social Security is screwing over America’s elderly

    10/20/2015 5:31:34 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 28 replies
    NY POST ^ | October 17, 2015 | Jonathon Trugman
    More than 65 million seniors got their pockets picked last week, and the hue and cry could be heard across the country. The Social Security Administration announced Thursday that there would be no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2016. Yes, America’s elderly, who paid into the system with each paycheck, are getting screwed. And that’s due to the way the SSA’s COLA calculation is done — it essentially comes directly from the notoriously inaccurate Consumer Price Index (CPI). Why not use the “Core CPI,” which strips out food and energy and is not subject to the volatile swings in commodities...
  • Medicare Premiums May Soar as Social Security Payments Stay Flat

    10/15/2015 11:18:53 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 15, 2015 | By Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — The 60 million people on Social Security will not receive any cost-of-living increase in their benefits in 2016, the government said on Thursday, but because of a quirk in federal law, nearly one-third of Medicare beneficiaries could see record increases in their premiums unless Congress intervenes. With millions of older Americans on fixed incomes facing that one-two punch, the Obama administration is urging Congress to moderate or stop the health insurance premium increases, which could raise the cost for some Medicare beneficiaries by about 50 percent — the largest increase, by far, in the history of Medicare. But...
  • Government Says No COLAs for Social Security in 2016

    10/15/2015 7:57:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 10/15/2015 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — There will be no benefit increase next year for millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees, the government said Thursday. It's just the third time in 40 years that payments will remain flat. All three times have come since 2010. And there's more bad news. The lack of a benefit increase means that many older people could face higher Medicare costs, an issue that has advocates lobbying Congress. The main reason for no increase next year is low gas prices. By law, the annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, is based on a government measure...
  • Expect no cost-of-living adjustment to Social Security in 2016

    10/10/2015 2:02:00 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 45 replies
    aier ^ | 6 October 2015 | Polina Vlasenko
    The annual cost - of - living adjustment (COLA) to Social Security benefits will likely be zero in January 2016. The COLA will be announced on Oct. 15, when the last data required to compute it becomes available. But the data already suggest that prices have fallen over the past 12 months, removing the need for an adjustment. If prices have fallen but the COLA is zero, the purchasing power of Social Security benefits would increase. The Social Security Administration determines the COLA based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) compiled by the...
  • Diet Soda Linked to Increased Belly Fat in Older Adults

    03/17/2015 4:10:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 71 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/17/15 | Agata Blaszczak Boxe - Livescience.com
    Older adults who drink diet soda may experience greater increases in their waist size over a decade than those who do not drink diet soda, according to a new study. Researchers found that the average increase in waist circumference among the people in the study who drank diet soda daily was more than triple that of the people who did not drink diet soda. Among the people who drank diet soda only occasionally, the increase was more than double that of those who did not drink diet soda. "The more people drank diet sodas, the more their waistlines expanded," said...
  • Walker praises Ryan for budget deal (2013)

    01/31/2015 8:44:29 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 55 replies
    weau.com ^ | Dec 15, 2013
    Gov. Scott Walker is praising fellow Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan for the congressman's role in broking a bipartisan budget bill that's been blasted a by number of conservatives. Walker said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Ryan provided strong leadership on the bill that passed the House Thursday and awaits Senate action.
  • Coca-Cola or Pepsi: Can You Guess Which Brand Is Tops in Consumer Loyalty?

    04/28/2014 12:28:31 AM PDT · by kingattax · 40 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | Apr 27, 2014 | Sean Williams
    We know Coca-Cola and Pepsi are profitable soft-drink giants, but one of these two companies is significantly better than the other at keeping customers loyal and engaged with the brand. Although the soda industry is made up of dozens upon dozens of beverages choices, chances are good that the soda you last consumed was made by either Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) or PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), which absolutely dominate the industry.
  • Telephone town hall with NRCC Chairman Greg Walden & Ryan on April 30th.

    04/25/2014 4:21:25 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    NRCC | Paul Ryan
    Friend, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be hosting a telephone town hall with NRCC Chairman Greg Walden on April 30th. This call will be a great opportunity to discuss with you the issues facing our nation and also to hear from you about what’s important to your local community. This call is open to anyone with an up-to-date 2014 NRCC Membership. I’m looking forward to a good discussion on April 30th. I hope you decide to take part. Space is limited and we need to know right away if you’re in. Thanks again for your support. Paul Ryan
  • Diet drinks linked with heart disease, death

    03/30/2014 1:04:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 29, 2014 | Maggie Fox
    Women who drink the most diet sodas may also be more likely to develop heart disease and even to die, according to a new study published Saturday. Researchers found women who drank two or more diet drinks a day were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular "event," and 50 percent more likely to die, than women who rarely touch such drinks. The findings, being presented at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology, don't suggest that the drinks themselves are killers. But women who toss back too many diet sodas may be trying...
  • House votes to restore military pensions

    02/11/2014 3:43:43 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 11 Feb 14 | Jennifer Liberto and Deirdre Walsh
    <p>The House on Tuesday passed a bill to restore pension increases for some 750,000 military retirees.</p> <p>The House voted 326 to 90 to undo cuts to cost-of-living hikes for military pensions for all current retirees and anyone who enlisted before Jan. 1. The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday.</p>
  • US Congress revisits military pension cuts amid outcry from veterans' groups

    01/28/2014 3:10:56 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 33 replies
    The Guardian and AP ^ | 28 Jan 14 | Staff
    Congress is revisiting its decision to cut annual cost-of-living adjustments (Cola) to pensions for most working-age military retirees after talk of the cuts drew outrage from veterans' groups and others. The budget agreement approved this month reduced those adjustments by 1% annually once a service member retires until that retiree reaches 62. Lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee, back from a week-long break in their home states, said they were interested in repealing the Cola change scheduled to take effect on 1 December 2015. But Pentagon officials asked them to hold off on making any more changes until a...
  • Vets push Congress for fix to pension cut

    01/28/2014 4:45:33 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 27 Jan 14 | Jeremy Herb and Kristina Wong
    Veterans groups are growing increasingly frustrated that Congress has not made any headway toward reversing a $6 billion cut to military pensions. The groups are determined to reverse the cut because they fear it is a first step toward larger cuts in military compensation and benefits. More than a dozen bills have been introduced in both chambers to repeal the cut, which reduces the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) by 1 percentage point below inflation for retirees younger than 62. The change would take effect in December 2015. While more than a third of lawmakers have backed one or more of...