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Non-genetically tweaked Cheerios more marketing boon than health boost
Fri Jan 3, 2014
This is REALLY an earthshaking headline/story. In light of all that is happening in the world I am sure glad I didn't miss this headline NBC article about Cheerios.
Paul: Borrowing for unemployment benefits 'weakening us as a country'
Mon Dec 23, 2013
Rand is off target on this. Yes, it weakens your economy if the economy is expanding and the job market is largely considered "reasonably" robust. If the job market is weak (as ours' is) extending benefits has no debilitating effects accept to run up the deficit which, obviously, is not good. Keepin …
King's 'Dream' not yet realized, says March on Washington speaker
Sun Aug 25, 2013
My guess is a totally objective MLK if alive toady today would be embarrassed, ashamed and very disillusioned at the progress made over the past half century by the African American community when considering the legislation passed, trillions of dollars spent on"social programs" and the pathetic res …
WikiLeaks' Assange: Manning verdicts a 'clear abuse' of First Amendment rights
Wed Jul 31, 2013
Why do CNN and NBCNew.com keep posting opinions from WikiLeaks about this case. Truthfully, do either of these news outlets really think the average American is concerned about what Assange thinks on this matter? The guy is on the lam for chrissakes. Find something newsworthy, willya?
#canyousurvive: Politicians try living on minimum wage -- but then what?
Fri Jul 26, 2013
Nowhere, not since its inception in the '30's was SS touted as being a "liveable" retirement income. Even the earliest governemnt short films talking about SS and its benefits describe SS as a supplement to your retirement. No mention is made anywhere in any legislation that I am aware of that has …
NTSB says intern mistakenly confirmed racially offensive fake names of Asiana pilots
Sat Jul 13, 2013
Why aren't the fictitious names used by this intern noted. Sensitivity, perhaps? I don't think so. If it is a political story there would be no lack of gory details into the sex lives of whomever, revelations regarding their private lives, whatever. How come for this story the offending names are no …
Many Americans blame 'government welfare' for persistent poverty, poll finds
Thu Jun 6, 2013
Amen. SNAP didn't stop the corruption either. According to the CBO it is still one of the worst abused government handouts. It was initially thought the debit cards would stop the misuse and blatant discount exchanging of the stamps for cash...it hasn't.
Sentenced to debt: Some tossed in prison over unpaid fines
Mon May 27, 2013
Some of the articles subjects I feel sorry for...others not so. Take the example of the 26 Phil. gal who was assessed a $500 fine in 2006 yet managed to obtain a BA within five years after that in 2011 and still neglected to retire the $500 and now this fine was holding her back. She went to colleg …
Great Recession will haunt millions into their retirement years, study finds
Thu May 16, 2013
I am having trouble with this blog. Gen-Xers lost half (prox $30,000) of their wealth due to the recession yet they had the lowest rate of homeownership. Hmmmmm? Homeownership was the primary reason for loss of savings/equity. I am +60 years old and was down somewhat more than $30,000 at the lowest …
5 questions for Michael Tanner -- a policy expert who says we've made poverty too 'comfortable'
Thu May 16, 2013
You can't argue with the numbers or the overall result. This author hit the nail on the head. I doubt if you were to randomly canvass a thousand sociologists, economists or politicians you would find ANY who would agree "we are winning the war on poverty" in spite of the governments' spending almost …
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